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Bhamrocks Introdution to Comedy
Posted: 01/15/2017

Let me start by introducing myself: Hi, my name is Vaiden Jones and I’m a comic from Birmingham, AL. I’m basically just a “kind of funny” guy, living in the Magic City.

Reinvented: "Sad But True"
Posted: 02/25/2016

I’m gonna start by saying that I do realize the amount of rage this may spark in fans of the metal genre but here it goes..

Reinvented: A New Article Series
Posted: 02/04/2016

Ever heard a song that reminded you of another one? Sometimes it's obvious what it reminds you of, but sometimes no matter hard you think about it, you can't seem to put your finger on it.

Reinvented: "Apache"
Posted: 02/04/2016

And I present you with the ancestral line of the "Apache"-inspired song family starting from most recent and ending with the original. Click on the song titles to listen!

Alabama Brew-Off
Posted: 08/09/2014

Much has changed over the past decade in the Alabama beer scene to help advance our beer culture, thanks to organizations such as Free The Hops, Alabama Brewers Guild and a lesser known grassroots effort by Right to Brew. Homebrewing beer in the state of Alabama was a felony offence, even though it has been federally legal since 1978. Right to Brew led the grassroots campaign to legalize homebrewing in Alabama for…

Cahaba Brewing Company Single Hop #5 (Centennial)
Posted: 07/28/2014

The Single Hop series from Cahaba Brewing Company has been a favorite local beer of mine for its simplicity and educational value. Instead of brewing a traditional hoppy beer with multiple different varietals of hops to create a complex flavor and aroma profile, Cahaba has chosen to focus on a series of beers that showcase a single hop varietal. Since the introduction of Single Hop #1, which was brewed only with Centennial hops, they…

Brewery Spotlight: Good People Brewing Co.
Posted: 06/02/2014

Brewery Spotlight: Good People Brewing Co.

Good People, that’s who we all want to be around. The reason is pretty simple, bad people suck. They’re not enjoyable or pleasant. Good People, on the other hand, are quality and very enjoyable. The brewery downtown on the corner of 1st Ave. and 14th St. South is exactly that. From their robust Russian Imperial, Fatso, to the super hopped Double IPA, Snake Handler, they make a…

A Quick Preview of Magic City Brewfest 2014
Posted: 05/28/2014

A Quick Preview of Magic City Brewfest

Birmingham is an awesome city, and there are a lot of awesome things to do here. However, there is one event in particular that I must attend every year. Annually, around the first of June, Historic Sloss Furnaces becomes the home of the Magic City Brewfest. For the last eight years, Free the Hops has presented our great city with a weekend filled…

KBS vs Breakfast Stout
Posted: 04/01/2014

Founders KBS vs. Founders Breakfast Stout

What do Kentucky and Michigan have in common? Probably a lot, but I’m not an expert on either. I’m simply trying to find a way to lead into an article about a beer. Founders Brewing Company is a craft beer brewery based out of the Grand Rapids area of Michigan. They are the makers of some of my favorite brews like Old Curmudgeon, Porter,…

Great Divide Yeti
Posted: 03/31/2014

Great Divide Yeti

As mythical creatures go, the Yeti is pretty well known. A larger than human, hairy, almost ape-like creature that is more elusive than a virgin in Panama City Beach during spring break. There has been hit television shows and major motion pictures based on the story of the Yeti (there has also been movies based on virgins at Spring Break for that matter, but that’s a different story). Many people…

Thomas Creek Up the Creek
Posted: 03/12/2014

Thomas Creek Up the Creek

 

 

I got off work at about 4 o’clock today and realized that the weather was fantastic! Winter is almost over which means the obvious… Warm temperatures are just around the corner. As I started down the road I turned on my A.C. for the first time this year, but why? Quickly, I changed my mind, windows rolled down in a hurry. Sail by…

Widmer Brothers Brewing "Brrr"
Posted: 02/12/2014

Widmer Brothers "Brrr"

I think it’s safe to say, the Weatherman doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It’s been cold, really cold. This is by far the coldest winter I’ve witnessed in Birmingham. A few weeks ago, I spent two nights away from home, all because of a beer run. At the time, it didn’t seem like such a bad idea. I got off work early and thought that a trip to…

Founders Brewing Curmudgeon
Posted: 01/16/2014

Founders Brewing Curmudgeon Old Ale

Surly, that’s how I feel right now. Damn this Polar Vortex, and screw this rain. I’m not a huge fan of cold weather, especially when my house is all electric. When it storms, there’s a high probability of my power going out. Combine that with the cold, and my life sucks. Ok, it’s really not that bad. If I have a good beer, it’s actually not…

Music & Beer: Evil Twin Yin & Yang
Posted: 08/16/2013

     Evil Twin Yin & Yang

Balance is equal distribution of weight or amount. It’s also mental steadiness or emotional stability. To me balance is what makes a beer great. It’s also what makes a city great. Birmingham is quickly becoming  a well-balanced city. The entertainment scene in our city is growing very fast. Sparked by the new ballpark, a fantastic local music presence, and a booming craft beer and food industry, Birmingham…

Music & Beer: Founders Dirty Bastard
Posted: 07/16/2013

Founders Dirty Bastard

Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay. Give me a beer, my work is done for the day. Yeah, that’s a play on some Ol’ Dirty Bastard lyrics, but I’m ready to celebrate. It’s the weekend, and I got the grass cut without problem. The sun is setting, and it’s starting to cool off. While an IPA or a Wheat would be wonderful in this situation, I want something…

Music & Beer: Clown Shoes Clementine 1.5
Posted: 06/23/2013

Clown Shoes Clementine 1.5

It’s still summer, it’s still hot, and I’m still thirsty. The huge bright Sun isn’t doing me any favors. This weekend when I was doing some “home improvements,” and PBR wasn’t cutting it, I had to grab something new. When all else fails, there are a few breweries I can always count on, Clown Shoes is one of them. So buying a bottle of Clementine 1.5, a double…

Music & Beer: Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
Posted: 06/11/2013

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

It’s 90 degrees in the shade, and the grass is growing. The heat from the golden sun makes mowing the tall weeds, also known as my yard, that much harder. Fortunately, my lawn mower has a cup holder, and it gets used often. Nothing makes the task easy, but a cold beer in my hand and Old Crow Medicine Show on the MP3 player, make it a lot…

Alabama Is Thirsty: The experience of Magic City Brewfest 2013
Posted: 06/04/2013

The 7th annual Magic City Brewfest was held this past weekend at the beautiful, historic Sloss Furnace. Thousands of craft beer lovers came to experience brews from all over the country, even a few from across the pond. In my opinion, this year had by far the best beer line up. Despite the 85° temperatures and 75% humidity, it was very easy to find something to keep you cool. More than 200 beers from…

Music & Beer: Clown Shoes Porcine Unidragon
Posted: 05/09/2013

Clown Shoes Porcine Unidragon

 

Do me a favor, turn the music up really loud for this one. A beer as strong and dark as Clown Shoes’ Porcine Unidragon, a bourbon barrel aged American Imperial stout, is going to need some serious music to accompany it. Not just any music will do, it has to be something hard. With a name like that, it needs to be something from another country,…

Music & Beer: Good People Brown Ale
Posted: 04/16/2013

Good People Brown

 

Birmingham has a new fixture, Regions Field. The new home of the Barons is located right next to Rail Road Park and Good People Brewing. In my mind that makes perfect sense. The intersection of 1st Ave and 14th St S will soon become the heart of family entertainment in the Magic City. A beautiful park, gorgeous stadium and an awesome brewery, I can’t think…

Music & Beer: Bear-rel Aged Porter Old Black Bear
Posted: 04/03/2013

Bear-rel Aged Porter

 

Dim lights, loud music, and a new beer; that is how my Saturday went down. It was an evening full of good music and great friends, what’s better than that? Iron City played host to The Peytones, a band comprised of some of Alabama’s finest musicians. They delighted us to their interpretation of Becks new album Song Reader, an album released only in sheet music form. Not only…

Music & Beer: Left Hand Twin Sisters
Posted: 03/25/2013

Left Hand Twin Sisters

 

Twin Sisters. No, not a fantasy of mine (Editor's Note: He's a liar), but rather a beverage from those right brained guys at Left Hand Brewing. With spring here and summer approaching, what a great time for an IPA. Better yet, let’s make that a double IPA. I want to say, IPAs are not my style of choice, not at all. The majority of the beers that…

Music & Beer: Southern Tier Pumking
Posted: 03/04/2013

Southern Tier Pumking

 

What's better than warm pumpkin pie on a cold day? Mix that with one of the best breweries in the world, and you get Pumking. Now that the magicians at Southern Tier have come to Alabama, we can experience first hand how they have combined the perfect amount of spice to get this tasty brew. I'm not a fan of spiced ales, and all the pumpkin…

Music & Beer: Rogue Voodoo Doughnut
Posted: 02/25/2013

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut

 

 

While I was scanning the shelves at my local gas station, I stumble across a very unique bomber. Bright pink with an awesome black magic inspired logo; Rogues Voodoo Doughnut caught my eye. This bottle is so pink that I thought it was a breast cancer awareness special edition. With closer examination the words bacon and maple appear. Now, before I go any further, who…

Music & Beer: Brash Texas Exile
Posted: 02/18/2013

Brash: Texas Exile

 

 

Damn I love the rain. I get to leave my “real job” early so I can come home to drink and write.  The bad thing is, when you start drinking at 9 am, you can’t drink just any beer. I mean, I’m still not fully awake yet, I need coffee. I’m not thinking Starbucks; I’m talking about a dark, strong, coffee infused beer of…

Music & Beer: Avery Hog Heaven
Posted: 02/11/2013

 

  “I like beer because it's good.
  I drink beer because I should.
  If there was a song to sing
  I’d sing it and beer you bring.”

  These are wise words from the band Psychostick, words that I definitely live by. This week we’re       drinking a unique Barleywine from Avery brewing called Hog Heaven. These beers are often aged  …

Music & Beer: Blue Pants Tuxedo
Posted: 02/05/2013

Beer, check. Music, check. Ok guys, here we go again. This week we're going to be drinking a beer from Blue Pants Brewery, located right here in Alabama. The crew up in Madison have created their take on a Black IPA called “Tuxedo”. The Black IPA style is also known as Cascadian Dark Ale, or American Dark Ale. This tasty beer can be purchased in a 22 oz. bomber or on draft, I got…

Music & Beer: Terrapin Wake-n-Bake
Posted: 01/29/2013

Terrapin Wake-n-Bake

  Beer and music, I’m a lover of both, yet an expert of none. I have a feeling that most of you are the same way. With so many craft beers being produced now, there’s a different one for any occasion, and I want to try all of them! There are plenty of food and beer pairings, but how about music and beer? I know, you…

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