This past week I discovered a new Supermarket (or Supa) called the foodium I’ve passed by it several times, but it is about a twenty-five minute walk from our apartment so I never considered it a convenient place for grocery shopping. Grocery stores in Japan are amazing places where the produce is always 100% fresh, you can get prepared food in the “deli section” both cheaper and higher quality than can be made in your own kitchen, and they will politely point out where the salt (shio) is when you are standing two feet away from it. The foodium takes all of that and combines it with everything you want in a western grocery store. It is well lit, has wide aisles, and more selections of products than most other supa. As an example our usual grocery store has exactly four different kinds of breakfast cereal; the foodium has nearly twenty. If all that isn’t enough the freezer section has motion detectors so that the lights inside the case turn on when you are in front of them. Read More…
The last few months, Mike and I have been watching a set of related movies as part of our beer reviews. After all, when you’re drinking beer, it helps to be watching a good movie too. We started off with Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, then watched Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars, and concluded with Walter Hill’s Last Man Standing. For those who aren’t familiar with all of the films, they’re all the same story, just re-cast in different eras.
This week’s beer for movie night was the Stone Brewery’s Levitation Ale. It’s a rather heavy ale, with a bitter edge to it. Strong ales are not my favorite beer, so this one already had a lot to overcome to get my recommendation. In the end, I thought it was a nice example of an ale, with a lot of character and a nice malt flavor to it. While it’ll never be a favorite, I could drink this beer again, which is more than I say for a lot of ales.
This week’s beer was a Mexican import – Cerveza Pacifico Clara. It’s a very light Pilsner style with a lot of similarity to Corona, the Mexican beer seen more widely around here. In taste, Pacifico is a bit heavier and has a bit more depth to it than Corona, although both are on the watery end of the spectrum. Pacifico was an appropriate accompaniment to our movie, and the salsa that I made up for movie night. I liked the beer well enough, and would rank it slightly ahead of Corona. It’s best consumed cold – I found it has a bit of an aftertaste that I didn’t care for, once it gets to room temperature (although room temperature is quite a bit hotter than normal right now in Minnesota!). All in all, an okay beer, especially when served very cold along with spicy food.
Our beer review this time around is 1554 from New Belgium Brewing. They are probably best known for Fat Tire amber Ale, but I didn’t make that connection when I was picking out a beer. It looked interesting and I had never tried an Enlightened Ale before.
Continuing our tradition, David and I met up for a beer at his house and watched a movie on his great entertainment center. We’ve been doing mostly Comic Book movies and I think we were both in the mood from something different. Some ideas were tossed around, but in the end we decided to watch a western – sort of. The film was a first for me, but a favorite of David’s. I enjoyed it quite a bit and we have plans to talk about it in the future, but tonight I am here to talk about beer.
For this week’s beer review, Mike brought over one from the New Belgium brewery that I’d never tried before. I am familiar with their Fat Tire ale, and enjoy it, although it isn’t a regular in our house. I’m rather a fan of dark beers, and the 1554 Enlightened Black Ale didn’t disappoint.
I think David and I have stumbled on the formula for our blogging project in 2013. When we were figuring out this blog we agreed that week 5 of 5×2 would be devoted to beverages of the adult variety. To make things simple we (and by we I mean David) came up with the idea of tasting a new-to-Mike-and-David beer every time and writing a short review. Both times we have used this as an excuse to watch a movie related to one of our upcoming movie reviews. Read More…