DBGM #08 – St Peter’s Honey Porter, Beer Wars, Air Guitar Nation, Qtractor.

DBGM #08 – St Peter’s Honey Porter, Beer Wars, Air Guitar Nation, Qtractor.

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BEER:
Brewery:
St Peter’s Brewery

Beer Advocate:
Beer advocate findings on the beer

Personal findings:
Colour: Dark brown – bordering black
Aroma: Woah! That’s different. Floral, sweet, perfumy.
Summary: Wow – that is so different… Lavender? Rose Pedal? Some kind of floral action going on here. Comes in a cool and funky bottle, but don’t let this fool you – the styling is all upscale and so are the ingredients but woah what a weird tasting beer – and not in a good way.
Letter grade: C – This is weird stuff.

Gratuitous beer shot:

St Peter’s Honey Porter

St Peter’s Honey Porter

Movie: Beer Wars (2009) Documentary
Cool documentary on the craft brewers movement and the (at the time) big 3 American brewing companies trying to squash it. Good film – very upsetting to see yet again how large corporations are evil but you can’t keep a good craft brewer down – thankfully.

MUSIC:
Movie: Air Guitar Nation:
Make Air not War – Follow American Air Guitar champions to the Finnish world finals. Great movie – exciting and fun – check it out. I found myself surprised by how much performance art their is in Air Guitar.

Qtractor the other big Linux daw.. . Cool beans – this episode is done in it. Some features I like are the ability to track in ogg or flac codecs as opposed to straight wav file – audio purists be damned. This allows you to save hard disk space if you aren’t tracking on very good equipment. Another cool feature is the ability to archive a session to a zip file from within Qtractor itself. It creates a qtz file which has all the raw audio files and the xml file of changes to them. This feature is in the current svn repository as of November 7/2010. The main use case for this feature is that it allows you to move an entire session from 1 computer to another with ease.

For tutorials on using Qtractor, check this out:

Android Pick : Jamendo streaming music app. Check out the top 100 songs on Jamendo – some great material in there.

KXStudio Wifi Reliability Tip

Hello all,

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the linux audio distribution called KXStudio and that I think it’s where the future of Linux Audio should be heading. The distro while pretty solid does have a few slight annoyances – namely – I had breakage occur fairly regularly with my Wifi on my HP Mininote 110 netbook. I spoke to Falktx about this and he gave me the following suggestion and it seems to have resolved my networking issues.

Open a terminal window and key in the following and press Enter afterwards:

sudo apt-get install plasma-widget-networkmanagement

You will notice it removes the kde network manager and uses this widget in its place. Log out and log back into KXStudio and you will then be able to add a widget to your taskbar called NetworkManager.

Presto – wifi now is reliable again and the widget looks cooler anyways 😉

Addendum: If that isn’t working out for you, as of Nov. 4th /2010 updates you can install wicd instead : sudo apt-get install wicd , after that is finished, issue sudo apt-get remove network-manager network-manager-kde plasma-widget-networkmanagement … reboot and wicd should autolaunch on startup.
Cheers.

DBGM #07 – Duvel Moortgat Brewing – Maredsous Brune 8

DBGM #07 – Duvel Moortgat Brewing – Maredsous Brune 8

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Brewery:
Duvel Moortgat Brewing website

Beer Advocate:
Beer advocate findings on the beer

Personal findings:
Colour: Halfway between black and brown.
Aroma: fruity, concentrated liquor like.
Summary: Colour beseached the weight on the tongue I expected. Full flavored, sweet and tangy Belgian brew. Letter grade: A

Gratuitous beer shot:

Maredsous - Brune 8

Maredsous - Brune 8

DBGM #06 – Tree Brewing Co – Hop Head Double IPA

Tree Brewing Co - Hop Head Double IPA

DBGM #06 – Tree Brewing Co – Hop Head Double IPA

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Brewery:
Tree Brewing Co
Direct link to the beer itself

Beer Advocate:
Beer advocate findings on the beer

Personal findings:
Colour: Coppery – slightly cloudy.
Aroma: Intoxicating mix of sweet roasty malt and hops
Summary: Provides a big beer in the mouth – more weight then most IPA’s – I like that its less citrus like and has more roasty malt goodness then I was expecting.
Letter grade: A – Hard to beat!

Gratuitous beer shot:

Tree Brewing Co - Hop Head Double IPA

Tree Brewing Co - Hop Head Double IPA

DBGM #05 – The Old Yale Brewing Co – Sergeant’s IPA

The Old Yale Brewing Co - Sergeant's IPA

DBGM #05 – The Old Yale Brewing Co – Sergeant’s IPA

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Brewery:
The Old Yale Brewing Co Website
Direct link to the beer itself

Beer Advocate:
Beer advocate findings on the beer

Personal findings:
Colour: Pours a copperish colour with very little head.
Aroma: Hops and pineapple.
Summary: A delicious IPA with big hops and a hint of pineapple, this has got to be one of my favorite local IPA’s – it’s not overly citrusy or sweet and the hops provide a nice bitterness. Very nice balance.
Letter grade: A – Hard to beat!

Gratuitous beer shot:

The Old Yale Brewing Co - Sergeant's IPA

The Old Yale Brewing Co - Sergeant's IPA

DBGM Episode #04 – Driftwood Brewery – Farmhand Ale

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Brewery:
Driftwood Brewery Website
Direct link to the beer itself

Beer Advocate:
Beer Advocate findings on the beer

Personal Findings:
Belgian style beer with a twist – this saison has a interesting hint of black peppercorn making it slightly spicy and completely delicious.
Letter grade: A+ It doesn’t get much better than this.

Gratuitous beer shot:

Driftwood Brewery - Farmhand Ale

Driftwood Brewery - Farmhand Ale

DBGM Episode #03 – Android – Network Discovery. Beer Reviews: HSB Heffy and Driftwood Ale

Deadbeat Guitarist Monologues Episode #03 – Android App – Network Discovery. Beer Reviews: Howe Sound Brewing – King Heffy and Driftwood Brewing – Driftwood Ale.

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Info:

Android App:
Network Discovery
http://rorist.github.com/android-network-discovery/

Beer #1:
Howe Sound Brewing – King Heffy
Brewery web site: http://www.howesound.com

Unfiltered – As far as Hefeweizen goes – you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than this. BC Craft Brewed in Squamish.

Howe Sound Brewing - King Heffy

Howe Sound Brewing - King Heffy

Beer #2:
Driftwood Brewing – Driftwood Ale
Brewery web site: http://driftwoodbeer.com/

Pours a lager-ish color, seems a cross between a pale ale and an IPA with the citrus aroma and extra hops. Decent beer – doesn’t take a lot of chances but a solid outing.

Driftwood Brewing - Driftwood Ale

Driftwood Brewing - Driftwood Ale

DBGM02 – Beer Review – Russell Brewing – A Wee ANGRY Scotch Ale

Deadbeat Guitarist Monologues Episode 02 – A Wee ANGRY  Scotch Ale Beer Review

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http://www.russellbeer.com/index.asp

Today’s brew of the cast or brew show and tell is Russell Brewings – A Wee ANGRY Scotch Ale.  An A grade beer in my opinion –  fantastic in the fall and winter season.  A glorious pour after work, good in times of fortune or misfortune. 🙂

Enjoy.

DBGM Beer - Russell Brewing - A Wee Angry Scotch Ale

Russell Brewing - A Wee Angry Scotch Ale

KXStudio rocks my socks off

KXStudio is an audio focused Linux distribution based off of Kubuntu 10.04, and for the past week  I have been living in KXStudio on my HP Mininote.

I must confess in advance to not being a KDE 4 fan in the past,  but after living the dream in KXStudio, I’m hitting the KDE Koolaid and hitting it hard.

Sure, I could rave on about the beauty of the desktop environment and how it really enhances my work flow, but I’ll move onto the main reason I think this is an important milestone in Linux audio.

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