Category Archives: Film

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

60-minute-ipaRecently, Mike from Belching Monkey posed a seemingly simple question on Twitter – what are your 3 favorite IPAs? It’s probably an easy question for most people that enjoy having a bit of beer, but for a geek like me it took quite a while to whittle the IPAs I’ve had down to the top three. Although I struggled quite a bit to come up with beers two and three, coming up with my favorite was easy.

That distinction goes to the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.

I haven’t really made my love of the Dogfish Head Brewery a secret here on Brews and Books. My guest posters and myself have written quite lovingly about a number of different brews from the Delaware powerhouse. Hell, I even pushed a Dogfish beer on the community at Murmur.com by incorporating beer in the site book club. But none of the crazy, unique beers they produce hit me quite the same way as one of their tasty (and surprisingly traditional) brews.

Here’s how the brewery describes the India Pale Ale;

Our 60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped – more than 60 hop additions over a 60 minute boil (getting a vibe yet of where the name came from?). 60 Minute is a session India Pale Ale brewed with a slew of great NorthWest hops. A powerful, but balanced East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. The session beer for hardcore beer enthusiasts!

So, tons of hops, lots of citrus, and the ever-important balance – sounds great coming from the brewer’s mouth, but what does it all mean? Follow me down the tasting rabbit hole after the jump.

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‘Beer Wars’ to Premiere Nationwide in April

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beerwars_poster_smallRally the troops!

Haven’t you heard?  There’s a war on – a battle for the very soul of the American beer drinker.  The creative entrepreneurs in the craft beer industry are fighting the corporate behemoths of beer, the huge companies that sell about 95% of the beer in the country.  Not only that, but the distribution system for US beer is stacked hugely in favor of the big beermakers, creating a huge barrier small brewers have to overcome to even get their beer on store shelves. 

If you want to see a modern day David versus Goliath story, you need look no further than the American beer world.

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Meeting Netflix in an Alley – A Scene

Our awesome local video store, Videoport, has a yearly trivia competition in their newsletter. Most of the competition is difficult questions about movies, like “This Swedish film features an eye-slashing scene where a real corpse was used to create the effect.” Along with questions about the production of the Godfather and the extras in foreign exploitation films, a few more jokey questions are thrown in. As an independent store, one of the questions that caught my eye was the inspiration for the following scene.

You run into Netflix in a dark alley, what do you do?

Meeting Netflix in an Alley – A Scene

EXT AN ALLEYWAY – NIGHT

JOSH and NETFLIX stand in the alley, chatting.

NETFLIX
I am the largest online DVD rental service, offering flat rate rental-by-mail and online streaming to customers in the United States. I have a collection of 100,000 titles and approximately 8.2 million subscribers. Would you like to rent a movie?

NETFLIX opens his trench coat, revealing rows of red envelopes.

JOSH
Sure! I’ve been meaning to rent the Star Wars Holiday Special since I saw it over at Videoport. Can I rent that?

NETFLIX
Does not compute. Title not available. Error.

JOSH
OK, uhm… how about the movie the Ski Industries Club up in Farmington made last winter? Do you have that?

NETFLIX
Not available. Please try again.

JOSH
(frustrated)
Viking Women and the Sea Serpent? Penrod? Gold is Where You Find It?

NETFLIX
Nah. Nope. Not even a little bit.

JOSH
OK, I guess I’ll rent … Mallrats. Do I get a free rental with that or anything?

NETFLIX
You do not.

JOSH
(sadly)
Fine.

JOSH reaches for the red envelope in NETFLIX’s trench coat. NETFLIX slaps his hand away.

NETFLIX
You can’t have the movie now! Wait for a day or two, you’ll get it in the mail. If it doesn’t break. And if we aren’t having any more computer glitches.

JOSH
Never mind. I’m going to Videoport.

JOSH kicks NETFLIX in the crotch. NETFLIX crumples to the ground.

END.

Movie Premiere – “Enter: Max Dagger”

This last weekend, I helped out as A.D. on “Enter Max Dagger”, the Tasty Dudes Productions’ film for the 48-hour film project. For those not in the know, the 48-hour film project “invites filmmakers from around the world to produce a complete short movie in just two days.” Much like Nanowrimo and Script Frenzy, the 48HFP pushes artists to create something in a short time that they may have never attempted to. To add another wrinkle, all the groups participating in a city are given a prop, character and line of dialog that must be used in their film, and each group is given a different genre. At 7 PM on Friday, we were given our challenge – write, film, edit and score a detective movie in 48 hours. The prop – a notebook. The line – “Things are never going to be the same.” The character – Melvin Lyons : furniture maker.

While the whole project was really Jon’s show (as editor, director and lead camera operator), I helped him and the other two members of the production team (Jake and Travis) hammer out the rough outline for a script on Friday night, and headed home around midnight. By the next morning, they had finished a 13-page script, and assembled a group of actors for all the roles. Luckily, I didn’t need to step on camera for the movie. With hardly any breaks, we shot from early Saturday until around 8:30 in the evening. While most of the shots were indoors, we did what we could outdoors. Although late evening light and a huge thunderstorm were not our friends, we got tapes and tapes of raw footage – raw footage that needed to be cut down to 7 minutes of story.

With my work mostly done after Saturday, I left scoring and editing to Jake and Jon. While they took it right down to the 7 o’clock deadline, I got a text a 6:50 that said GAME SET MATCH, confirmation that the final cut was “in the can.” “Enter Max Dagger” had gone from concept to finished film in 48 hours. The short is going to be screened, along with all the other project entries, at 9:30 at the CINEMAGIC in Westbrook, ME. It’s sure to be a fun event, with a huge number of creative people screening their entries. Tickets are available here. Of course, if you can’t make it to a detective spoof in southern Maine, the movie will be available on 48.tv after the event, and an extended cut will be up on YouTube.

48 Hour Film Project – Max Dagger


Writing, filming, editing and scoring done. More info coming soon.

48 Hour Film Project – Max Dagger


Writing, filming, editing and scoring done. More info coming soon.