Fiz: The Brewery Management Game – Review

Fiz: Brewery Management Game

I spend a fair amount of my spare time playing video games. I also, as many of the Need Coffee staff can attest to, spend some of my spare time making beer and wine. Those two things rarely meet. Well, to be fair actually, they very very often meet, just not in a single product. Enter Fiz: The Brewery Management Game. It’s one of the very few points in the middle of the homebrewing/gaming venn diagram. It’s a pretty shiny point too.

Fiz, as its full name implies, is a management sim. After an introduction by a strange old beer wizard, you are walked through creating your first batch (called “Tutorial Lite”), and left in charge of a four-person basement microbrewery. As you progress through the game you level up your employees, discover new recipes, upgrade your equipment, unlock new marketplaces, and generally climb the beer ladder.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:40+00:00 January 4th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments

World Market Red Velvet Coffee – Review

World Market Red Velvet Coffee

I acquired this from World Market the other day. Keep in mind this might be the most festive thing I do all holiday season. Anyway, upon cutting open the package, that red velvet smell–more artificial than usual–spills out. It’s pretty strong. My usual inclination about flavored coffee is that its flavor should be coffee. When I first started drinking coffee, circa 1912, there were two additional flavors: sugar and cream. Those seem natural. And to be clear: I’m talking about just coffee here. I will absolutely slay a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks if given the chance. I guess upon reflection, I’m fine if the flavors added after the fact. It’s frontloading the flavor with the coffee itself that I find somewhat questionable. Perhaps also it’s that, for the most part, I don’t actually enjoy the taste of most coffees*. So anything that makes it worse is simply to be avoided.

I prepared this coffee in the Aeropress and I did something I don’t normally do: I actually followed the normal ratio of coffee to water. Normally, I enjoy my coffee so sick and evil that you would expect Tim Curry’s voice to come out of it. But for the sake of actually trying this weird flavor, I thought I’d go standard.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:40+00:00 December 23rd, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments

Oldboy (2013) – 27 Second Review

Josh Brolin from Oldboy (2013)

Written by: Mark Protosevich, based on the manga by Garon Tsuchiya & Nobuaki Minegishi
Directed by: Spike Lee
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli

Review: Well, let’s just say it. This movie is fucked up. Those who have seen the original know that this is not something one refers to in a positive light. At least not without cringing. Americanized remakes will always have that extra hurdle to pass, and thanks to the cast and fight choreography (are you thinking The Hallway of Hammering? Because I am), this one passed muster. But now I’m going to go shower.

Time: 21 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:41+00:00 December 17th, 2013|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

Shiner Family Reunion Beer Variety Pack – Review

Shiner Family Reunion Beer Variety Pack

I first enjoyed Shiner Bock in its home state of Texas. I was on a vacation with my mother, sister, grandmother and aunt and we were in a restaurant in San Antonio. The waiter suggested Shiner Bock to us as a “Texas beer” and we all tried it. And enjoyed it. Shiner Bock, at that time, was only available in Texas and it was “the beer” at most restaurants.

Additionally, as per my mother, grandmother and aunt, it was the only thing that made the non-drivers able to make it through the interminable hours driving across the Texas desert. There was a reason I was only on the San Antonio part of their trip.

Shiner expanded its brewery about two years after that and I’ve been able to enjoy their Bock whenever now. It’s a good beer: tasty, not too hoppy, with a nice carbonation and flavour. Per the Shiner site and write-ups, the Bock is their “flagship” for their family of brews and if you haven’t had it, do. Good beer.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:45+00:00 November 21st, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments