Digital Drafts Spooky Games Month -Preferred Ghouls and Ghosts of the SNES Classic

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

Night in the Woods with Deschutes Brewery’s The Abyss (2016 Reserve)

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)

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE with Sierra Nevada/Kiuichi Brewery’s Yuzu White IPA

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

Weekly Brews and Reviews: Dragon’s Traps, Ginger Lagers, and White Oak IPAs

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

Weekly Brews and Reviews: Game and Variations

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