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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Turn Those Machines Back On!

Beer #340 Bell Ringer Ale / RJ Rockers Brewery, Spartanburg, SC
Beers to go: 26

Hustle day today, as I'm headed into Philly tonight for an event.  More on that tomorrow, I promise you.

Up for review tonight is the second beer in a row from the Palmetto State, the Bell Ringer Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing in Spartansburg.  This beer shows off a honeyed amber color, and your nose finds a bready, boozy aroma.  The taste is filled with alcohol; a rather abrupt greeting of straight up booze, in fact.  There are flavors of caramel malt, molasses and dark fruit, with a dry, hoppy finish.  This beer is somewhere in a Bermuda Triangle of a Double IPA, Belgian quad, and barley wine.  However, much like planes and small boats which venture into the Bermuda Triangle, this one seems to have lost its way.  You're better off looking elsewhere for a strong ale.  Sorry.
Why does RJ Rockers sound like a depressing chain restaurant?
RJ Rockers opened as a brewpub in 1997, and found success with their beer and moved out of the restaurant business in 2002.  Now you know.

Thing to Think About Today:
By the time you read this, I'll be on my way into the City of Brotherly Love.  Philly really is a great city, no small part in thanks to the fantastic beer and food scene and abundance of vibrant cultural institutions.  Throughout the years, there have been some classic movies that use Philadelphia as a backdrop, or even a character in the story.  Think Rocky, Philadelphia, The Sixth Sense, Twelve Monkeys, and maybe the best one on the list - Trading Places.

This film stars Eddie Murphy, Dan Akroyd, and Jamie Lee Curtis, and tells the tale of the Duke brothers, two wealthy industrialists who debate the topic of whether someone's environment or their upbringing makes the man.  To answer the question, the Randal and Mortimer Duke make a bet (for their usual stakes, $1) to see if one of their well-heeled proteges (Akryod) can survive without his job, social status, and girlfriend, while simultaneously seeing if a hustler from the street (Murphy) can make it in the board room.  Once the two victims of this plot find out they're pawns in this strange game, they join forces to teach the Dukes a lesson they'll never forget.  Whether you've seen this a dozen times or haven't yet been lucky enough to see this one, please do yourself a favor and watch this movie immediately.

"Looking good, Billy Ray!"
"Feeling good, Louis!"

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