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Wish You Were Beer

House Edition: Boxing Bear's Chocolate Cream Stout

Weekly Alibi is an intrinsically local affair. Recently the Alibi staff were blessed with a device that delivers—on demand—one of the locally made products our city is most famous for, besides blue colored crystal methamphetamine and Pimental & Sons guitars. It's our internationally recognized, high-quality local beer. This writer is still trying to think of another name for the thingamajig we use to access this magical liquid, because the word “kegerator”, like “labradoodle”, is just plain hard to say without inviting a sinking feeling that the english language is seriously at risk. Also, Alibi's beer machine is as finicky as an old Evinrude outboard motor and deserves more than two words mashed together. Perhaps something vintage sounding, like “Fine Time Foam Queen”; "The Spigot” would work as well. Patience is required to get a glass of brew out of our little fridge with a tap on the top of it but the quality of our city's locally produced beer makes the effort worthwhile. As one beer replaces another in the grog box in the back room, Weekly Alibi will share our thoughts and tasting notes. Stay tuned for some ideas on what to order next time you're at one of our local brew-pubs or tap-rooms, there are not-to-be missed pints to be had in nearly every part of town these days. Like the delicious stout our brew hydrant currently dispenses in expanding gushers of foam, creating a fun atmosphere not unlike the one in The Rolling Stones' video for “It's Only Rock 'N' Roll".

Boxing Bear's Chocolate Milk Stout (5.2 % ABV, 20 IBU)
Boxing Bear took home a pile of awards in 2016, including “mid-size brew-pub of the year” at the Great American Beer Festival, where their Chocolate Milk Stout bested 72 others to win first place in the cream stout category. This stout has won awards at various other festivals and competitions over the past couple years and the Alibi staff is honored to work alongside this standout beer; we couldn't ask for a finer wintertime co-worker.

Boxing Bear's milk stout is a shining example of an American cream stout, so-called because of the addition of non-fermentable lactose—milk sugar— which retains its mild sweetness through fermentation and lends a creamy character to the resulting beer. American stouts are traditionally lighter bodied than their British ancestors and are thus well suited for the addition of an adjunct like lactose, adding texture without creating a monster thick dark beer.

The milk sugar combines with a generous helping of chocolate and caramel malt to bring the beer close to confectionary status without becoming overwhelming. Some chocolate stouts must be rationed like a triple-layer chocolate cake; one glass of Young's Double Chocolate Stout, for example, is sufficient. With any sense, that beer should be delivered to your palate as a finisher, after your main course. Part of what makes Boxing Bear's Chocolate Cream Stout an award-winning beer is its drinkability. It has a medium bodied mouth feel that is textbook American cream stout. Where some chocolate stouts blow the doors off with sweetness and chocolate adjuncts, the Burque-based brewers show restraint. Their measured addition of unprocessed cocoa nibs at the finish adds flavor without dominating the stout's well-balanced character. The result is a brew that some will drink like Guinness (you know, like water) while others will treat their pour as a sophisticated dessert beer. Well done.

Mark Rober

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Defog your windshield faster with science!

Here we have a former NASA engineer who explains the optimal technique for defogging the windows in your car, as well as how and why it works. It's probably less effective than my technique of not breathing at all, but some people may have a longer morning commute than I do.

A very boozy holiday special

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The Not Quite Weekly Podcast #9

A very boozy holiday special

In this episode, we talk about comedy events, boozy holiday memories and our Thanksgiving plans.

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Letters From Downtown

Signs of Compassion

When you work Downtown, when you're here day after day, you deaden a bit to some of the things you see. A couple huddled in a doorway on a cold November morning, a worn-out blanket barely covering them; cops on bikes pulling a homeless man up off of the sidewalk, a puddle of vomit at his feet; an elderly gentleman in suit and tie, stalking down the street and shouting curses at the demons leaking from his head; none of these things provoke a second glance after a while. There's a lot of suffering here for sure and very little that one person can do. A dollar here, a dollar there, maybe that helps a bit, but the overall feeling is one of powerlessness, and slowly you become hardened to it.

Today, though, I noticed this sign in the window of Lindy's Diner, and that numbness thawed just a little bit. No, Lindy's isn't going to solve the problems of homelessness and hunger. And one single meal on one single day isn't "enough." But it is something, a reminder that hardness isn't the answer, that compassion is. And that even if we can never do enough, we can, and should, still try.

The Not Quite Weekly Alibi Podcast
Robert Maestas

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The RETURN of the Alibi's Not Quite Weekly Podcast

We interview author Isabel Allende

Hey! Remember how we used to have a podcast? Well, we have a podcast again! This episode, we talk about gifts, chat about upcoming events and interview author Isabel Allende!

Check it out!

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Can Courtney Be On a Podcast?

Yes. Yes she can.

If you've been following the adventures of our resident "person who does things" (we've got to think of a better title), Courtney Foster, you'll know that she's always up for trying something new. This past weekend, that "something new" was appearing on the Potential Problems Podcast, a banter-fest hosted by local comedians John Cuellar and Allen Clark.

It's an expletive filled hour or so that isn't afraid to explore some (hilariously) risque content, so maybe wait until the drive home from work before checking this out. But definitely DO check it out! Because these guys are funny and Courtney is too.

And hey! We're bringing our own podcast back from the grave, so watch this space for a brand new episode!

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Realistic renderings of kids' monster drawings are amazing

Everybody knows that kids have the weirdest, most wonderful broken brains on the planet. And if you've ever looked at drawing made by the under-8 set, you've probably wondered what it be like if the lumpy, tentacled beast depicted actually roamed the earth.

The Monster Project has tasked a group of artists with bringing these child-drawn monstrosities ever so slightly closer to our world by rendering them in a realistic fashion, and the results are wonderful. Check them out, and also note that they have a kickstarter, so if you're moved by their work, you can support it directly.

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Check out our very excited Sales Director

Did you see Monday's episode of Antiques Roadshow? If so, you might have noticed Alibi Sales Director Sarah Bonneau excitedly showing off her Pablita Velarde painting.

If you missed it, here it is! he Also worth noting: the creepy robo-deer skull the guy holds up right before the video ends.

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Get ready to rumble!

Day of Destiny Wrestling

Dom Vitali! Johnny K! The Almighty Sheik! Brute 66! Somebody named Pinky!

I'm not exactly sure who these people are, but I do know that they're going to beat the hell out of each other at the Day of Destiny Wrestling 8. If you, like me, love watching huge sweaty men make guttural threats into a microphone and then hit another huge sweaty man with a chair, then show up at the Westside Community Center this Saturday at 7pm for real local wrasslin' action.

Only $15!

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The Not Quite Weekly Podcast: Zines, music and events!

This week, zine maven Marya Errin Jones and freelance contributor Mike Smith join us to talk about the world of DIY publishing. Also: upcoming music and events!

Also, we have a new microphone!

Editor's note: While we hyped the right date for the Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden/Cold Cave concert, our blurb listed the wrong day of the week. Now hear this, this recital happens on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7pm. For more deets check out "'90s Nostalgia Meets New Wave of Now."