Daily Archives: January 25, 2013

Blue Moon Belgian White Beer

Published by:

blue moon beerThe Blue Moon Belgian White Beer is the right blend of ingredients and imagination.

The Blue Moon Belgian White Beer was the first year-round release of Blue Moon Brewery back in 1995.

It started with the brewmaster, Keith Villa, wanting to craft a beer inspired by the flavorful Belgian Wits he enjoyed while studying brewing in Belgium. He brewed his interpretation using Valencia orange peel versus the traditional tart Curaçao orange peel, for a subtle sweetness. Then he added oats and wheat to create a smooth, creamy finish that’s inviting to the palate. As a final touch, he garnished the beer with an orange slice to heighten the citrus aroma and taste. Its natural unfiltered appearance adds to the depth of flavors in Belgian White.

Blue Moon Belgian White is currently available in 12-oz. bottles, 6-pack, 12-pack,Brewmaster’s can, 16-oz. can, Draft.

The Blue Moon brewery has served millions of people and has 5.4% alcohol by volume. In Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Utah, the alcohol content of all Blue Moon beers bought in grocery or convenience stores is 3.2% alcohol by weight (approximately 4.0% alcohol by volume). Blue Moon Brews and Seasonal Brews sold in liquor stores are 5.4% by volume.

The back of the label reads, “Brewed with white wheat and oats, Blue Moon features a crisp wheat finish and the perfect combination of orange peel and coriander. Bring out Blue Moon’s natural spices by serving it in a Pilsner glass with an orange-slice garnish.” The coriander may potentiate the anxiolytic effects of the alcohol, with studies showing anxiety-reduction in mice administered with coriander

Big Sky Beer

Published by:

Moose Drool

Big Sky Beer family consists of: Moose Drool (a brown ale), Scape Goat (Pale Ale), Big Sky (India Pale ale), Powder Hound (Winter Ale), Summer Honey (Seasonal Ale), and Trout Slayer Ale.

Big Sky Brewing Company is by far the largest brewery in Montana and has the farthest reach nationally of any brew made in Montana. Big Sky products are distributed in 23 states (covering the west coast and working itself east). The brewery made national news in 2000 when it was sued by Moosehead Breweries in Canada for using the word “moose” in its most popular beer “Moose Drool.” The case was eventually settled with Big Sky agreeing to not sell Moose Drool directly to certain areas in eastern United States.

Their first step was to produce and “star” in a series on MCAT (Missoula’s local cable access television station) called Beer Talk. The show consisted of Brad and Neal tasting various beers, usually microbrews or imports, and commenting on what they liked and did not like about them. The program immediately set viewership records and led to many of the most successful call-in programs in MCAT’s history. If nothing else, Beer Talk showed a lot of Missoulians that Brad and Neal were passionate about beer! Unfortunately, neither of the two had much business experience, nor did they have a lot of local connections. That is where Bjorn entered the picture.

Bjorn was just finishing his B.A. in finance at the University of Montana. As a final project he was assigned to write a business plan. He chose to write up a plan for the brewery that Brad and Neal had been babbling about for a couple of years, and it was that business plan that really got the ball rolling towards making Big Sky Brewing Company a reality. Bjorn, Brad, and Neal took the plan to local attorneys, accountants, and bankers. They rewrote and improved it numerous times and finally went out to find investors. Bjorn is a native Montanan and he knew a lot of local business people. Also, both he and Brad are great salesmen, so while Neal stayed at home and brewed test batches of beer, Bjorn and Brad went out and raised capital. After about a year and a half, Big Sky Brewing Company had enough cash in the bank and a large enough bank loan to begin purchasing equipment and renovating its original location at 120-A Hickory Street.  We brewed our first batch of beer, Whistle Pig Red Ale, in mid-June of 1995 and hit the market with it just in time for the 4th of July weekend. A couple of months later, Moose Drool Brown Ale and Scape Goat Pale Ale followed, and Big Sky Brewing Company was on its way.

What happens in Vegas: Spearmint Rhino Review

Published by:

Spearmint Rhino Logo

 

The Spearmint Rhino is hands down one of the best strip clubs in Las Vegas.

And here is why:

First, the layout at the elegant Spearmint Rhino is superb. The 18,000-square-foot nightclub features a main room gloriously highlighted by a large center tipping stage, easily the best seat in town. There are two smaller go-go stages in a second room and a sit-down tipping stage in another area. Each main area has its own fully stocked bar, ensuring your night of debauchery is as convenient as it is fun and sexy.

The Rhino has a ton of seating options available. Each room sports numerous lap-dance-friendly chairs and couches, and both sit-down tipping stages are surrounded by plenty of seats, allowing patrons to get oh-so close to the action. In addition, the Rhino offers plenty of VIP seating and private booths. The curtain-enclosed cabanas are especially groovy; they give guests the opportunity to choose whether to join the party on the main floor or to draw the curtains closed and keep the action private. If you’re into more of a traditional strip-club VIP experience, Spearmint Rhino offers two spacious — yet incredibly cozy — private VIP lounges where you and the lovely dancer of your choice can spend some quality time.

Spearmint Rhino Vegas 2

And speaking of the dancers: The ladies at Spearmint Rhino are some of the best around. There is a seemingly endless multitude of some of the most beautiful women in Vegas. The ladies are friendly as well, and not too pushy. There is no way to describe the “Rhino Girls” other than “drop-dead gorgeous.” They will surely make your experience an unforgettable one.

Dion O’Banion

Published by:

Dion O'BanionThe first great North side gangster was Dion O’Banion, who ruled from this location at 736 N. State St.

O’Banion was the Renaissance man of crime, a professional singer who was a talented pickpocket and safe-cracker. But the great love of O’Banion’s life was floral arrangement, for which he had a passion and talent. In the halcyon days of gangland, it was customary to send flowers to the funeral of a man you shot, and O’Banion supplied the goods for most of the underworld’s needs. In was at his flower shop that he ran his gang, and it was at the flower shop, while working late at night on arrangements needed for the next morning, that he was assassinated by Mike Genna, and the famous assassins, Scalisi and Anselmi, in November, 1924., at the behest — or at least with the indifference of — Al Capone and Johnny Torrio. O’Banion was Torrio’s North Side operative, but was restless and eventually betrayed Torrio to the police in an elaborate scheme. It was O’Banion who coined the famous gangland phrase, “To Hell with the Sicilians.” Men like O’Banion did not last long in those days. After his death, O’Banion’s gang was later led by Bugs Moran, who moved the headquarters north to a garage on N. Clark Street, the site of the famous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Despite the value of this property, located in Chicago’s Gold Coast just two blocks from the tourist meccas of N. Michigan Ave., the location of O’Banion’s flower shop is a strangely nearly empty block which serves largely as a parking lot for the Holy Name Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Chicago, which was built in 1874. O’Banion had served in this church as a choir boy, and due to his infamy, the rector refused to allow his funeral service to be held there.