Game of Spoilers 003 – The High Sparrow

Now we’re getting somewhere.

Let’s start in the North and work our way south. Spoilers spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler. Spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler. Spoiler? Spoiler! Spoil-spoilery-spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler…

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The Imbibing Scribe: Playoff Beards and Michelob Lager

It’s time to do something very un-beer-blog-like.

I am going to extol the virtues of a macro beer. An under appreciated beauty of a beer called Michelob Lager. Michelob, as one would expect from a macro, is simple and inelegant. It’s also not at all strong, clocking in at 4.8% ABV. However, it is beer-flavored beer. This is God’s own session beer.

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Game of Spoilers 002 – The House of Black and White

 Let’s not forget that Littlefinger is an enormous dick.

Many topics for discussion in last night’s episode, so let’s break it down this way. First of all, there’s Daenerys’s justice. Then, there’s Jamie heading off to Dorne, and Dorne itself. Sansa and Littlefinger continue to leave the novels behind. Finally, there’s the titular plot line of Arya in Braavos. One thing they all have in common, however, is that the novels are clearly just source material now and not a guide for the plot. The results of these shifts are, generally, still effective, but there are some places where the original is still vastly superior.

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Game of Spoilers 000

How has the HBO show strayed from the source material, and what does it mean for this upcoming season?

I’ve been waiting for the start of season four of Game of Thrones basically since the last episode of season three wrapped. I’m up to date on the books, but, unlike some, I’ve been at least indifferent to almost all of the changes the series has made to the books. I didn’t like seeing Jojen Reed go, and having Braun train Jamie made no sense at all, but generally the changes have been fine.

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The Imbibing Scribe: Porters and the Left Hand of Darkness

Porters and sci-fi go hand in (left) hand

March is typically the season for stouts. Truth be told, it’s the season for stout. As in one. As in Guiness. Oh, some people will bring Murphy’s to your party, and there are lots of good stouts out there (Dogfish Head Chicory Stout comes to mind), but it’s really all about Guiness. I myself have been known to tip a Guiness, or a half and half, a black and tan, or a car bomb with the best of them. But I’m not going there. Stouts are good, but porters are an undiscovered country of dark beer. I set out to map that territory.

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The Imbibing Scribe: Troegs Mad Elf

Tis the season for crazy little people

Beer geek 101: Winter is the time for big beer. The extra alcohol will warm the cockles of your heart – and your cheeks, too. In my mind, there’s a reason Santa has rosy cheeks: he stopped in Belgium on his way to your house. And now, in January, I’m drinking my way through the holiday leftovers. So currently, while the wind whistles outside my window, I’m sipping on a Troegs Mad Elf. A three year old Mad Elf.

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