There is a distinction between bad art and media that simply isn’t for you. This can be a difficult lesson to learn, as shocking imagery or complex flavors can often be used to mask a poorly constructed experience. Playing a graphically violent video game with crumby mechanics or drinking an unbalanced hoppy brew can cause … Continue reading Doom with Founders Brewing Company’s Doom
I love to see the innovation creators can bring to their established works. To look at an already beloved piece and say, “Hmm, you know what would make this even better?” So I was quite happy to dive into not one, but two enhanced editions over the past week. Bourbon Barrel Sidamo I first tried … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: For Coffee, and Castilla!
It’s coming. On a chill wind in the air and the rustling of dead leaves, the season of foreboding draws ever closer. Before you can bar the windows and lock the doors (or make cider and carve pumpkins) the month of October has arrived! Over the last several years (and blogs), I have filled this … Continue reading Digital Drafts Spooky Games Month -Preferred Ghouls and Ghosts of the SNES Classic
Comfort zones and preferences are not stagnant. They change over the years, whether by the literal space or item transforming into something different, or by the natural transition in a personality throughout a lifetime. We can return to these things, even revel in them, but that change is inevitable. Such shifts are not always negative. … Continue reading Night in the Woods with Deschutes Brewery’s The Abyss (2016 Reserve)
Collaboration leads to unique results. This is one of the earliest lessons I learned from the role-playing games of my youth. On their own, Crono can swing his sword and Lucca can belch spouts of fire from her gun. Together, the two of them unleash devastating attacks like Fire Whirl, where Lucca ignites Crono’s sword … Continue reading Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE with Sierra Nevada/Kiuichi Brewery’s Yuzu White IPA
In recent articles, I have covered the realms of experimentation and variation; taking established items and turning them on their head to produce something novel. Thanks to such methods, I was able to enjoy two beloved creations for the first time over the past week. Jai Alai IPA aged on White Oak Despite the fervent … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Dragon’s Traps, Ginger Lagers, and White Oak IPAs
A common songwriting technique is theme and variation. Establishing a melody, and then repeating the original material in an altered form, tweaking elements to create something new. Such elements could be the rhythm, the instrumentation, or even burying the original melody deep within another theme entirely. It’s a fascinating tool that pops up time and … Continue reading Weekly Brews and Reviews: Game and Variations