The holiday season is in full gear at my house. There are baked goods spilling off of every available surface, work is winding down for the break, and the days are becoming more filled with good food and good drink.
Snake Dog IPA
Coming to us straight from Flying Dog Brewery right up the road in Frederick, Maryland, this week we are looking at Snake Dog IPA. This beer was launched in 2008, and has been a mainstay of the FD catalog.
I’m not normally an IPA guy, but this beer got my attention in a big way. A recent guest at our house brought a six-pack home, and insisted I give it try. It stands out to me as having that traditional IPA after-bite, but milder and much more tolerable. Instead of smacking you in the face, it is one flavor among many, which is a really great thing in this case.
There’s definitely a presence of botanicals and caramel in this beer, and it’s a very pleasant combination. Not overly sweet at all, instead it’s nice and refreshing up front, and settles into that IPA flavor on the back end. I really, really enjoyed it, and it’s inspired me to revisit some of the other IPAs that I’ve skipped in the past few years. I could see this beer going very well with spicy food, especially Thai. I recently returned from a sojourn to Thailand and I look forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences here in an upcoming travelogue!
Atlus and VanillaWare. Does it really get any better? Atlus is of course, the publisher and developer responsible for the Persona/Shin Megami Tensei series, and VanillaWare first caught my eye many years ago with their sleeper PS2 hit, Odin Sphere.
I recently picked up a PlayStation Vita, and I’ve been enjoying it immensely. It’s an overlooked piece of gaming hardware with a lot of great games, including many near-PS3 quality cross-platform releases, including the inimitable Dragon’s Crown.
Now, back to the holiday season. For some reason, this time of year always feels like “high fantasy” time. Whether it be my association with the Lord of the Rings movies with the season, or the fact that the time off allows indulgence in many an epic novel, the association remains firmly entrenched in my psyche.
Dragon’s Crown ticks all my boxes. Beat ‘em up with deep class movesets, amazing art, sweeping music, co-op, and light RPG elements. It’s like VanillaWare made this game *for* me.
The controls are tight, the gameplay varied, and the cast of heroes begs for multiple replays. It’s just really fun. The best part? It’s budget friendly! Since this is a PS3/Vita release, which is technically last-gen, this game can be easily had for under $20, and it’s well worth that price.
If you like beat ‘em ups and enjoy that fantasy feeling this time of year as much as I do, grab yourself a copy of Dragon’s Crown, and get to adventuring!