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The Freshness has moved!

I created my new blog, The Southern Committee, a few months ago so I will no longer be posting to this one any more. Click HERE or on the logo for my new blog.


Brew Review: Rogue Chocolate Stout

This weeks brew reviews features a fresh stout from Rogue, a brewery located in Newport, Oregon. Rogue Ales brewery was started back in 1988. They operate brewpubs in Oregon, Washington, and California and brew mostly craft beer. I had tried several Rogue beers in the past so I thought I’d give this one a chance, which ended up being a excellent decision.

Rogue Chocolate Stout:

ABV: 6.00%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Pitch black almost like a coca cola with a excellent brownish head that has decent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, roast, slight hop bitterness, slight vanilla goodness

Taste: Creamy, almost milkshake like. A modest dose of chocolate up front. Not as much as you might think from the aroma. Mid palate has a pronounced smoke, pepper and woody/tobacco profile. Some bitter hoppiness in the finish.

Drinkability: Makes the mouth smile. Easy to drink and very enjoyable

Overall thoughts: A solid Amercan stout, one of the better chocolate stouts I have tried. There is a very pleasant flavor with just enough complexity. A very enticing aroma to bring you in. This is a chocolate explosion in a glass. You will truly enjoy this brew.

Freshness Rating: 8/10

Rogue Chocolate Stout

More brew next week. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

My Venture Into Photography

Today is my first of many blog posts on photography. I wanted to get into amateur photography so I went out and bought a fresh Sony A65 DSLR. So far there’s been no regrets. This camera has everything you could want and more. Feels so good in your hands you won’t want to set it down. It shoots great, is a decent size, and I couldnt be happier with it. It truly makes taking pictures fun.
Sony A65 out of the box

One great resource I have been using to learn everything from aperture to shutter speed is Digital Photography School. They have everything and more. Tons of resources for the beginner all thew way up to the pro. Here’s a great link to alot of good beginner information that’s helped me out: Beginner Tutorials

Here are a few shots from my A65:

Sunset on the lake

Sun shining through in Sokol Park

Dusk in the Townes

More in-depth photography posts coming soon. Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends

The BIG 3…… The Only Way To Gym Freshness Part 3

Today I’m ending my series on how to perform the “Big 3” properly. In my past two posts I talked about squats and benchpress. Today will be all about the meanest baddest most crunk exercise you can do in the gym and that’s deadlifts.

If you are trying to get big but aren’t including deadlifts in your program you are wasting your time. There is simply no more effective mass building exercise than the deadlift. From your neck to your calves, nearly every muscle in your body gets activated and receives a powerful growth stimulus from deadlifts. Not only is the deadlift the most effective mass building exercise there is but it is also the most basic, and has the greatest carryover to the real world. There aren’t many times in life where you would lie down on your back and press a weight up over your chest like you would during a bench press. But hardly a day goes by when you don’t bend down and pick something up off the floor. And that is what you do when you deadlift. So it trains you for real life situations and helps to prevent the oh-so-common lower back problems that plague hundreds of thousands of adults due to incredible weakness.

Check out my guide below on how to deadlift properly:

The Setup to Greatness

Get your mind right. Think about dominating the exercise before it begins

Stand directly over the bar with your shins nearly touching it and feet approximately shoulder width apart

Grab the bar with a mixed grip. Left hand over, right hand under or reversed if you prefer.

Pull to your hearts desire

Squat down by breaking at the hips and pushing your glutes back.

Keep your back tightly arched, chest up and head in line with your spine. Keep in mind when you begin lifting the bar you should never try to explode it up

Now begin to pull up and back. As the bar passes your knees, drive your hips forward powerfully, push your chest out and pull your shoulders back to lockout the weight.

Lower to Glory

When you lower the weight, be sure to begin by pushing your glutes back before you squat down

After the bar clears you knees, squat down while maintaining a tight arch in your lower back

Let the weights touch the floor, regrip, and pull to your hearts desire


This concludes my series on the BIG 3. Get to the gym and start pulling some heavy weights!

“People do not lack strength, they lack will” – Victor Hugo

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends

Brew Review: Laverstoke Park Farm Organic Real Lager

Today I’m going to review a brew from Laverstoke Park Farm, a brewery located in Laverstoke, England. I picked up this brew at my local brew shop and thought I’d give it a chance, which was a mistake. After tasting this beer I now know there’s two things you should never mix, organic and beer. If you could imagine what it would be like to wipe your tongue over a skunk tail look no further than this beer.

Laverstoke Park Farm Organic Real Lager:

ABV: 4.50%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Pours a translucent yellow-ish straw color with lively fizziness and a slowly dissipating fluffy off-white head

Smell: Lightly grassy and metallic

Taste: Sour-ish on the palate, but not in a very pleasant way. Has a sulfuric twangy character that comes on particularly strong in the finish

Drinkability: Easy to drink one sip and know you will never drink this beer again

Overall thoughts: It leaves behind an odd bitter aftertaste that isn’t very appealing.  The flavor is full of earthy and grassy notes, with a ton of nasty. I am not sure how a bottled skunk would taste, but this beer has to be close.

Freshness Rating: 1/10

More brew next week. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

4 More Days Until The Tide Rolls In

I don’t know how many of you are from the South, especially the great state of Alabama. But ever since January 10th Alabama fans have only had one things on their mind and that’s dominating Michigan. With that being said we all know what happened the last time Alabama played a team from Michigan. If not let me recap the slaughter. Bama took out 3 quarterbacks, our 4th string running back was scoring touchdowns, and well lets just say Bama made Michigan State look like, well a team from the BIG 10.

Capital One Bowl

With that said lets move right along to the Michigan game. I hate to break it to all you Michigan fans out there but Bama will not lose this game. In fact we are going to dominate you from the first snap until the last whistle. Don’t be mad, we’re saving you the embarrassment of being undefeated and losing to a crap level BIG10 school later in the season.

Predictions of whats to come:

Denard Robinson rushes for < 100 yards
Michgan will have 3+ turnovers
Vinnie Sunseri takes a pick 6 to the house
Eddie Lacy + Jalston Folwer + TJ Yeldon rush over > 200 yards
Michigan fans leaving by halftime
Jesse Williams lines up at fullback on a goaline play
Bama will convert a 4th down off a trick play
With all that said my final score prediction is: Alabama 41 Michigan 13

I’ve left you with a few hype videos to get you crunked up for your viewing pleasure:

Just remember at some places they play football at Alabama we live to dominate the BIG10.

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends and Roll Tide!

The BIG 3…… The Only Way To Gym Freshness Part 2

Bench Press

Earlier last week I started the first part of my series on the Big 3 and taught you how to squat. Today the series continues and I’m going to talk about the Bench Press. Every guy in the world lives to bench. And I don’t see this changing anytime soon. I have nothing against the bench press, in fact it’s a great lift, but I DO have a problem with HOW MUCH emphasis the typical dude puts on this exercise. Since it’s overused so much, there are a lot of people who get injured doing this exercise… do it wrong… cheat while doing it (in an attempt to bump up their ego)… so this article will teach you how to properly perform the most coveted and respected lift in the iron game.

The Setup to Greatness

Lay down on a bench and line up your eyes with the bar

Put your feet firmly on the floor slightly tucked backed toward the bench

Pinch your shoulder blades together to avoid recruiting the anterior deltoid during the lift

Grab the bar with a grip a little wider than shoulder width and imagine squeezing it so hard that you leave handprints in the steel

The Descent of Glory

Movement starts by lifting the bar off of the rack and positioning it directly above the middle of your chest

Bring the bar down slow and under control, with shoulder blades squeezed tight and a crushing grip on the bar

During the decent the bar should be brought down to your nipple line, not your neck (this will help prevent major shoulder injuries)

Explode to the Ceiling

When you reach the bottom of your chest, drive your feet hard into the floor and prepare to explode the bar up

While exploding up make sure to keep the bar in a straight line and finish with your arms straight

Pause at the top, think to yourself that was easy and grind out several more reps

Now you know how to bench properly. Let the fresh pain greatness begin!

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends

Brew Review: Good People Brown Ale

This weeks brew review features a savory brew from Good People, a local brewery located in the Magic City.  Good people is a small brewery that was established in 2007 and offer a lovely selection of good brews.  If you’re looking for a nice and tasty southern treat, look no further than Brown Ale from Good People.

Good People Brown Ale:

ABV: 5.80%

Serving Type: Can

Appearance: Deep mahogany body with no transparency. Thin tan head that leaves no lacing.

Smell: Nutty, chocolate, caramel, bread with a hint of hop bite.

Taste: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of maple and caramel. Then some bready flavors of nuts and a hearty malt character follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, easy to have more then one

Overall thoughts: Very impressed by this brown ale. Personally I think brown ales are typically underrated, and this one is a great subtle representation of the style. Recommended if you want an Alabama brown ale.

Freshness Rating: 8/10

More brew next week. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

Severed Limbs, Missing Flesh, and Dead Seals… Oh Yea! It’s Shark Week Baby!

The 2012 London Olympics has been a fun ride. I really enjoyed the fresh opening ceremony with Mary Poppins battling Lord Valdemort. I watched in awe as Gabby Douglas won her gold medal in gymnastics. It was awesome witnessing history when Michael Phelps broke the all-time record for Olympic medals. I caught the super cocky Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt reaffirm his status as the fastest man in the world.  I followed every detail of the Chinese Badminton scandal and I got a good laugh when that Judo fighter got kicked out for eating pot brownies – which he  claimed to have ingested unknowingly. Right.

In short the #Lympics were awesome.  Merica’ dominated and stole the show (as usual). We took home da golds and let the rest of the world know we failed P.E. cause Merica’ don’t play.

Now let us get onto more important things……such as the start of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.

Shark Week is a special time of the year. It’s an opportunity for the different nations to put aside their differences and unify around their shared love of shark-based TV programming. Conflicts and grudges are forgotten and we reconnect with what unites us as humanity – namely the fact that we are all horrified yet fascinated by sharks.

In light of the Summer Olympics and the 25th anniversary of Shark week coming up I think it is important to shed some awareness on the people who overly vamp the world up for these events.  Below you can see the differences and quite possibly even some similarities:

Olympic Fans: Have been preparing and promoting the Summer Olympics since the last Winter Olympics.  Most likely have had Facebook invites to their homes for their friends and families to enjoy veggies together while they watch the curling session.

Shark Week Fans: Besides the people that obviously are working for the marketing team. Shark week fans have no idea when it’s going to start until at least a day and half into the week. And then they act as if they have been waiting for this week ever since…. Wait how long ago was the last shark week? Do we have one every year?

Olympic Fans: Will set their alarms and wake up at 3am just so they can watch the diving match.

Shark Week Fans:  Will watch sharks diving their teeth into people’s throats all the way up until the bar closes and then… Go to bed.  I mean I can TiVo it or rent it when it comes to DVD.

Olympic Fans: Are intellectual human beings.  They actually care about culture and geography.

Shark Week Fans: Not so much into brains as they are into their beer.  But hey, we can at least name off 3 different oceans the sharks have attacked in.

Olympic Fans: Most likely athletes or were athletes at some point or have now just figured out that working out can make you look like you are an athlete thus meaning if you watch the Olympics you will look even more like an athlete.

Shark Week Fans: Hipsters or want to be hipsters.  People who just want to seem like they’re in the ‘know’ with what’s cool these days.  Couples or friends that think it’s cool to dress as a shark and victim for Halloween.

Olympic Fans: Care about team work, playing fair, and dominating China every opportunity they get.

Shark Week Fans: Don’t currr as long as a shark sinks its teeth into some fresh meat.

Ok, so maybe the simularities were a long shot.  What we can conclude with is that the Olympics fans are good wholesome people who care about the world USA dominating the world, and Shark week viewers just want to see more people die in the ocean…

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends

Honey Badger Don’t Care……… To Play At LSU

Months after proclaiming he was changed, humbled and ready to lead, Honey Badger’s selfishness cost him his LSU career, as Les Miles announced his dismissal at a news conference Friday. LSU dismissed 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist  for violating school and team rules. Mathieu was suspended last year for one game for reportedly using synthetic marijuana but LSU never confirmed the specific reason of the suspension. HB let his team and a fan base down by once again thinking of himself first.

Below you can see how the LSU fans are holding up after hearing their beloved honey badger getting kicked off of LSU. Here’s reactions from the infamous Tigerdroppings forum. Enjoy.

LSU Fan Reactions:

“This is not happening, this is not happening, this is not happening”


“Mathieu is a fool”  -Michael Dyer

“Who wears the #7 now? maybe Landon Col…… nevermind!”

“Jeepers, I hope that all the academic credits earned by this fine young student/athlete will transfer so that his educational goals remain on track lolz”

“Why? There is a pattern here. Les should be used to players doing whatever they want”

“TM7 transfers to Penn State”

“I made the cutest Honey Badger dress last season and it’s useless now”

“We just cant have nice things”

“This sucks, can someone bring me a gallon of crown and keep me company?”

“I’m jumping out my window. it’s not worth it anymore”

“hes like our own ricky williams”

“honey badger really doesn’t give a shite”

“Well look on the bright side, at least we’re not Penn St.”

“FOR SALE: Honey Badger takes what he wants. T shirt. Cheap”


“Smokers gonna smoke”

“I blame Lane Kiffen. He definitely had something to do with this.”

“Popeye needs his spinach yo”

“Frick drug testing 20 year olds for weed. Weed never hurt anyone. If their was drug testing in 70’s. No one would of played.”“It hurt TM!!! But you are right not doing illegal drugs is a bit much to ask of people”

“My un follow button is going ham”

“Anyone know if it’s too late to get any penn state dbs?”

“It’s like the National Championship all over again”

Here’s a fresh YouTube video I found summarizing life as honey badger.

It is true the honey badger don’t care and takes what he wants, with the exception of staying on the LSU football team and winning National titles.

2012 National Champions

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends and Roll Tide!

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