Magic Hat just released a new brew. It is called Dream Machine IPL. This beer is their first new year-round beer in 10 years. Once I tasted it I knew that it was well worth the wait. Dream Machine is an India pale lager. If you enjoy the taste of hops you will want to pick up Dream Machine.
Magic Hat brewed it with lager yeast to give it a crisper body than an ale. It mixes in real nice with the citrus flavors. As I opened up the beer and poured it into a glass I got the nice aromas of orange, grapefruit, and pine. You could also taste the orange, pine, and grapefruit right off the bat.
Dream Machine had a nice finish that was not over the top. The hops in Dream Machine are Nugget and Cascade, as well as a dry hopping with Amarillo and Sterling.
You will not be disappointed from Magic Hat’s new offering. Whether you are enjoying a nice steak dinner like I did when I had my first taste of Dream Machine or just having a few with friends this IPL is a nice choice for any evening. Cheers!
From the Magic Hat website:
Dream Machine, an India Pale Lager or IPL, is a melding of varied visions of an India Pale Ale and an Amber Lager. Once poured, its light copper color delights the eyes and a citrusy hop aroma flows through the nose. Upon first sip, a smooth hop bitterness reveals itself – fresh, bold and slightly spicy – before subtle hints of mild maltiness appear. A big hop bite and a crisp, clean lager finish combine for a beautifully balanced beer. Take Dream Machine for a spin and let your reverie begin.
Malts: Pale, Munich 20, C-40, C-120
Hops: Nugget, Cascade
Original Gravity 14.5° Plato
Dry Hopped: Amarillo, Sterling
Year Round: 6-Packs, 12-Packs, 22oz Bottles, Draft
The headphone marketplace has taken a turn for the premium in recent years. Sure, you can get by with those standard, Apple-issue ear buds, but why subject yourself to inferior sound quality when there’s such an influx of high-end headphones on the market?
The brand that gets all the attention is Beats by Dre. These headphones first debuted in 2008. By 2012, the company released the Beats Executive noise-cancelling headphones in an effort to compete with higher-end headphone manufacturers like Bose and Sennheiser. With savvy branding and eye on quality, the Beats by Dre line has really taken off.
Not to be outdone, Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) launched his own headphones brand in 2011. SMS Audio (which stands for “Studio Mastered Sound”) was created when 50 acquired KonoAudio in August 2011. The founder of that company, former Gillette executive Brian Nohe, serves as president of SMS Audio. Nohe and 50 shared an interest in developing high-end audio equipment and they began releasing high-end headphones in late 2011 and early 2012.
SMS Audio produces the STREET by 50 line of in-ear, over-ear and on-ear wired headphones along with their SYNC by 50 line of wireless headphones. We received a pair of STREET by 50 ANC noise-cancellation headphones to review, and how should we put this… they’re kinda amazing.
In no uncertain terms, the STREET by 50 ANC headphones are better than Beats by Dre. Without question. The construction is sturdier, the bass is bassier and the active noise cancellation is quite good.
This ultimate-premium sound experience has one drawback – the headphones are massive. I felt like a cosmonaut with these things on, but if I was going for a jog and I wanted to hear the outside world around me, I’d probably reach for ear buds anyway.
The STREET by 50 ANC headphones are designed to block out any and everything around you so that you can immerse yourself in a rich and truly top-shelf sound experience. I mean you can tab a hand on the table with these things on and you won’t be able to hear a damn thing. The battery life for the noise-cancellation action is solid, and you can even get some juice from whatever device you’re plugged into.
The headphones fit pretty tight, but hey, you put them on to shut the world out, right? The grip isn’t really a big deal. Plus the soft leather cushions have some memory foam action to them which really seals in the sounds you want, while keeping out the sounds you don’t need. The design is bulky, but still very stylish and foldable. The set comes with a removable cable that features a built-in mic and a hard shell carrying case.
Bottom line, these are legit headphones for the price. $300 may seem like a lot to drop on a set of headphones, but when compared to other sets in the market, these things hold up, man. It’s a competitive price point for the experience you get. Sometimes we all want to retreat from the outside world and be alone with our thoughts (or our favorite tunes). These headphones help you do just that.
Leave it to Jack to give bacon lovers what they want. A bacon triple-threat – the new Bacon Insider burger from Jack in the Box restaurants takes bacon to unprecedented levels with a “craveable” sandwich featuring a juicy beef patty with savory bacon pieces mixed right in, sandwiched in-between six-half slices of hickory smoked bacon, and topped with a creamy bacon mayo sauce. And if that’s not enough, you also get lettuce, tomato and American cheese – all served on Jack in the Box’s new gourmet brioche bun. The Bacon Insider is available for a limited time only at participating Jack in the Box restaurants.
MANjr is going to help you get to try the Bacon Insider by giving away some Jack Ca$h to some lucky readers. Just fill out the contest form and follow MANjr on Twitter.
National Margarita Day is coming up on Feb. 22, and folks around the country will be celebrating with the CoronaRita – a deliciously fun twist on the margarita. The CoronaRita is a traditional or frozen margarita that is accompanied by an upside down Corona, which slowly seeps into the margarita while the cocktail is being consumed, infusing it with subtle yet distinct Corona flavor.
With the margarita as the #1 ordered cocktail and Corona Extra as the #1 ordered import beer, the CoronaRita is perfect for entertaining guests during National Margarita Day celebrations, Cinco de Mayo and throughout the Summer.
The CoronaRita below is made with Coronita, a 7oz. bottle of Corona Extra. Corona Extra is the #1 imported beer in the U.S. and the #5 beer overall. Corona offers the perfect balance between heavier European imports and lighter domestic beer, pairing well with spicy cuisine, casual dining, and of course, limes.
1 ¼ oz. Tequila
½ oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. Margarita Mix
1 Coronita 7 oz. beer
1 lime wedge
½ Salt rim
Combine ingredients 1-3 in shaker with ice
Strain into glass with 2/3 ice
Invert Coronita in clip on glass, garnish with lime wedge and serve
½ Salt rim
Combine ingredients 1-3 in blender with 1 Cup Ice
Blend until smooth
Pour into glass
Invert Coronita in clip on glass, garnish with lime wedge and serve
From Tennessee to Kentucky to Ireland, stories of old whiskies forgotten in the back of rickhouses and warehouses drift among distillers the world over. From lunch breaks to happy hours, their debates over which whiskey would taste best has become the stuff of legend. To offer resolution and introduce a new line of rare spirits to a growing base of whiskey aficionados, DIAGEO today announced the official start of the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company.
The goal of The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company is to locate lost and forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world and share them with discerning adult fans. The first two variants to be released from the company will include the 20-year-old Barterhouse Whiskey and the 26-year-aged Old Blowhard Whiskey. Both brands are expected to begin appearing on select shelves throughout the U.S. in March 2014 under strict allocation due to limited supply.
Barterhouse Whiskey stocks were discovered in old warehouses at the Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Ky. Rumor has it warehouse workers have already begun lining up for the first taste of this beautiful whiskey with a soft nose reminiscent of warm spice, biscuit and buttercream. The whiskey’s mellow taste includes notes of roasted grain, charred oak and a brown sugar finish. Barterhouse Whiskey is bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn. and will be expected to sell for a suggested retail price of $75.
Old Blowhard Whiskey was also found at Stitzel-Weller and is hand bottled in Tullahoma. At 26-years-old, the whiskey contains exuberant, rich flavors with undertones of smoke and honey followed by a gentle finish – dry and spicy with a hint of orange peel. Carrying a suggested retail price of $150, Old Blowhard Whiskey is meant to be sipped slowly and best enjoyed among gregarious friends and unyielding debates.
“The whiskey warehouses and rickhouses these spirits come from are special places filled with the incredible smells of seasoned oak, rough textures of weathered wood and amazing tastes of precious liquid,” said Ewan Morgan, Master of Whiskey for DIAGEO. “It’s every worker’s dream of finding that forgotten barrel of delicious whiskey and sharing it with their friends. That’s exactly what we’re doing.”
Like the rickhouse and warehouse workers who uncover them and the consumers who drink them, Orphan Barrel Whiskies have distinctive personalities in taste and packaging. Barterhouse Whiskey packaging nods to the inspiration behind the whiskey’s name. A vintage khaki and brown label features a sly fox front and center after he’s made a smooth deal at the local trading post. Because when there’s no money on the table, Barterhouse Whiskey turns give and take into an adventure in provocation and persuasion.
Based in a beautiful nautical blue, the Old Blowhard Whiskey label features a powerful whale exhaling through its blowhole before launching into another opinionated debate. Powerful fonts rooted in swagger proclaim the spirit’s impressive age statement and status as a Kentucky Bourbon.
The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company is headquartered in Tullahoma, Tenn. where the whiskies are bottled and owned and operated by DIAGEO, the world’s leading premium drinks company. DIAGEO continues to invest in the growing whiskey and bourbon categories via the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling company and its existing line of whiskies including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal Canadian Whisky, Bulleit Bourbon, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, Bushmills and more.
Orphan Barrel whiskies have been waiting years to be uncovered so DIAGEO and the rickhouse workers who guard these rare spirits remind consumers lucky enough to get their hands on a bottle to sip slowly and responsibly.
Mojitos, daiquiris and piña coladas are about to be overtaken as there’s a ‘New Captain’ taking over beaches and cocktails everywhere! Inspired by the real-life adventures and exploits of one of history’s most renowned privateers, CAPTAIN MORGAN® White Rum, the newest addition to the rum brand’s portfolio, will take cues from its namesake with a nationwide release this month.
Inspired by the pristine waters of the Caribbean, CAPTAIN MORGAN® White Rum is five times distilled to ensure delicious taste, clean, slightly sweet and creamy with hints of lush fruit and green apple. It’s remarkably crisp, carries a smooth finish and is great for adult fans to enjoy responsibly year round.
“Captain Henry Morgan was a world-renowned privateer who paved the way for countless adventurers,” said Tom Herbst, Vice President of Marketing, Rums for Diageo North America. “It’s with that same spirit that we developed CAPTAIN MORGAN® White Rum, the first-ever white rum from a brand that people know and love. It’s a superior, quality rum that possesses a much smoother taste, and we aim to stake our claim in this category in an explosive way.”
The launch of CAPTAIN MORGAN® White Rum will be supported through a robust marketing mix, including television, print and online advertising as well as public relations, strong digital extensions and point of sale materials.
Set to renowned recording artist and songwriter M.I.A.’s Double Bubble Trouble, the brand’s television creative features typical rum cocktails “exploding” as CAPTAIN MORGAN® White Rum takes over. In addition, the first supporting print ad, which features American model Chrissy Teigen, will appear in Sports Illustrated’s 50th Anniversary Swimsuit Edition slated to hit U.S. shelves in February.
CAPTAIN MORGAN® White Rum also brought a splash of the Caribbean to the Big Apple as football fans, notable celebrities and athletes were among the first to enjoy signature cocktails with the new rum during celebrations leading up to last Sunday’s big game.
At 80 proof (40% ABV), CAPTAIN MORGAN® White Rum will be available nationally beginning in early February for a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750mL bottle. The new offering is best enjoyed on the rocks, paired with cola or lemon-lime soda, or as the key ingredient in a number of Caribbean-inspired cocktail recipes.
The Captain Morgan Rum Co. reminds adults to stake their claim and raise a glass to sailing uncharted waters – always in moderation!
1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN WHITE® RUM
5 oz. cola
Instructions: Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in the CAPTAIN MORGAN WHITE® RUM. Top with the cola. Garnish with a lime wedge.
1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN WHITE® RUM
5 oz. lemon-lime soda
Instructions: Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in the CAPTAIN MORGAN WHITE® RUM. Top with the lemon lime soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.
1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN WHITE® RUM
2 oz. cranberry juice
Instructions: In a shaker half filled with ice, add CAPTAIN MORGAN WHITE® RUM, cranberry juice, and orange juice. Shake well and strain into highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime.
1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN WHITE® RUM
0.5 oz. simple syrup
Fresh mint, muddled
Fresh limes, cut into small pieces
1 oz. club soda
1 mint sprig
Instructions: Put all ingredients except club soda and mint sprig into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake vigorously. Add club soda, shake once, and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a mint sprig
It seems that there are many wireless Bluetooth speakers out there. Some are way too expensive and some don’t even pull enough power for one room. Recently I was able to check out the Democracy. Starting with the Bluetooth technology that allows you to have seamless streaming on select iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, Tablet, MacBook, laptop or any other Bluetooth-enabled device.
Set up was a snap and the Democracy speaker was ready to go. You can move the speaker in any direction by using its revolving axis system. This feature allows for optimum music enjoyment. The Democracy’s exclusive three-position axis system intelligently enables an ergonomic solution to enhance the music experience just by a single twist of the wrist. It is like the Rubik’s cube of speakers.
You can also use the Democracy to take conference calls anywhere in the office, car, at home, alone or with a group. There is an integrated sharp, powerful, built-in microphone. I was very pleased with the mic when I was using Skype.
You also get 8 hours of music play with its built-in battery time to eliminate the need to carry bulky power supplies while looking for outlets to plug in. The rechargeable battery is efficient and frees your speaker of wires for maximum versatility whether indoor or outdoor. When you do recharge the battery there is a smart LED power indicator. When the LED is in full color, or be notified with a dull color when recharging is suggested.
Even if you wanted to pair up a source that is not Bluetooth ready, no problem. You can use the built-in 3.5 mm audio cable. The cleverly imperceptible audio cable will always allow you to use an audio device without Bluetooth capability.
I was a big fan of the Democracy wireless Bluetooth portable speaker. If you are looking for a speaker that has great sound and a small price tag then check out the Democracy. For more information check out their website!
I think it is safe to say that we are all looking to try and save a few bucks here and there. We are looking to cut costs, but not strip ourselves of certain things. One thing that I was looking to do in 2014 was to see if I could cut my cable TV subscription. I hear more and more that a lot of people are doing it. Not that I am conforming into peer pressure, but when it comes to saving money I will take a look at all the options.
There are some devices out there that just work for their programs that are just for their operating system. Then there are those trying to be a knockoff version and the quality is very poor. What I wanted was quality TV, but not paying an arm and a leg for it.
I found out about the Kinivo HDMI kit and wanted to see what they could offer. Kinivo is a producer of quality mobile device accessories. Recently they introduced the new WHD110 wireless HDMI extender kit, created for home audio and video to wirelessly stream content to your television in high definition. Kinivo’s WHD110 extends the wireless HDMI signal with a simple and convenient set-up process, eliminating cable clutter and streamlining your home’s entertainment system with this all-in-one solution.
The HDMI extender kit streams video and audio content up to 65 feet in open space or up to 40 feet indoors, depending on wall density, for a wireless connection between televisions, audio systems, laptops, gaming consoles, cable boxes, monitors and more. Kinivo’s WHD110 brings content from the small screen to the big screen and provides a simple way to wirelessly connect the Internet to your television.
Requiring no complicated set-up, users simply connect Kinivo’s compact transmitter to the output device and attach the receiver to the TV’s HDMI input to wirelessly stream audio and video over your home’s entertainment system. Kinivo’s WHD110 also brings the power of the internet to your living room with the ability to stream online content to your television screen.
It is perfect for cutting the monthly cable bill. You can wirelessly connect their television screen to a laptop or desktop and directly stream video instantly.
“The WHD110 updates your home’s entertainment system by providing advanced features with hardly any set-up required,” says Kinivo VP of Operations Neeraj Srivastava. “Completely customize your home’s entertainment system with wireless streaming and connect with your favorite devices in an entirely new way.”
And that I did. I was very happy with Kinivo’s kit. It has a wireless frequency of 5 GhZ. It streams media in 1080p resolution and supports 3D. It has a 40 feet indoor range as well as 65 feet in open spaces. It comes with removable stands for transmitter and a receiver. It supports the following video formats for TV: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 480p; PC: up to 1920×1080. For audio you can use either PCM, DTS and DOLBY DIGITAL.
There are a ton of devices that it is compatiable with such as HDTVs, HD projectors, monitors, Blu-ray, DVD players, HD satellite and cable set top box, DVR systems, AV Receivers, Computers (Windows/Mac), HD output capable tablets and smartphones, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.
So if you are looking to ditch the high cost of cable and stream TV and much more from your devices make you check out the Kinivo HDMI kit. For more info check Kinivo’s website.
The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 delivers a bass-heavy sound with a design that is pleasing to the eye. Just like the M-100’s predecessors it has the diamond shaped metal ear cup plates that can be customized to your liking. The M-100’s are tough too! The Kevlar cable is tangle-free and when you travel you can put your headphones in its exoskeleton carrying case.
Going with the traveling theme the M-100s can transform into an almost ball like state. The ear cups collapse and don’t take up too much space. There is also a 1 button microphone cable, a shareplay cable, and V-Corks. What is a V-Cork you might ask? Well the V-Corks can plug up one of the inputs when you are not trying to share music or if you were linking up two sources at the same time.
V-Moda headphones have a crystal clear sound to them. These babies produce a very powerful bass output. The design of the M-100s with the 50mm dual diaphragm driver and with a frequency response of 5 – 30 kHz, place the emphasis on the bass sound.
Besides the M-100’s having a powerful bass system the sound is very detailed and crisp. There are some headphones the require batteries for enhanced sound. V-Moda says no to batteries or artificial processing. The M-100 is powerful and has a clear sound without the two extra digital-to-analog conversions that are needed to be battery-powered. Those other headphones can sometimes pollute the purity of your music. Also the Crossfade have minimal sound leakage so you can immerse yourself in your music without others being able to hear your playlist.
Another thing I look at for headphones is how comfortable are they. Well the M-100 has plush memory foam cups which makes for an enjoyable wear around the ears. No matter if I am at the gym, editing a podcast, or working around the house I could wear these for hours.
The Boom Pro microphone instantly transforms the M-100 into the ideal headset for gamers, podcasters and broadcast professionals. You can even get laser engraving customization service with logos, artwork, text, numbers and multiple plate colors.
For more info on the V-Moda M-100 check out their website!
Combining his incredible barbecue skills with delicious George Dickel Tennessee whisky, Chef Adam Perry Lang demonstrates how to make a great sauce with George Dickel No. 12.