Thriller (Green Man Brewery)

Thriller is Asheville, North Carolina’s Green Man Brewery’s blood orange saison, part of the brewery’s high gravity series. This saison is an effort that has a vibrant reddish-brown to ruby red color and a good amount of beige head that dissipates in short order. Hints of yeast and malt are married to more barnyard (grassy, hay) elements. The 7.7% ABV of the brew is hidden perfectly among the distinctive flavor profile, which is provided additional complexity and depth through the inclusion of Amarillo hops. The slight bitter elements that can be discerned in Thriller do much to refresh an imbiber’s palette. A set of delicate flavors including spice, citrus fruits, and earth bubble through at points, making no two sips exactly the same. Continue reading “Thriller (Green Man Brewery)”

The Shrine Release Coming Down Quick Video

The Shrine have released the video for “Coming Down Quick” from their upcoming Century Media Records debut, Rare Breed. The record will see a release on January 15, 2016 (with extended content) in North America. Produced by Dave Jerden (Alice In Chains’ Dirt, Jane’s Addition’s Nothing’s Shocking, Social Distortion’s self-titled, The Offspring’s Ixnay On The Hombre and Eno/Byrne’s My Life In The Bush of Ghosts); the track was recorded through the very amp that Greg Ginn recorded Black Flag’s Damaged on.

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Smoked Peach Short Weisse (Smuttynose)

The Smoked Peach Short Weisse from Smuttynose ($6 from the brewery directly, available through normal distribution) is the latest release from the Smuttlabs line, available in 16.9 ounce bottle. The beer pours with a goldenrod coloration and nothing in the way of head or lacing. The peach nose is intense here and is matched well during the initial quaff. Equally present during this early segment of Smuttynose’s Smoked Peach Short Weisse is the light toasted and smoked flavor of the malt; what results here is something that is neither too sweet or tart.Smoked Peach Short Weisse The beer is refreshingly light for the season but has just enough oomph to keep things warm and cozy through the winter months. Continue reading “Smoked Peach Short Weisse (Smuttynose)”

Stupid Stout 2015 (Coronado Brewing Company)

California’s Coronado Brewing Company has just released their Stupid Stout for the year. The 2015 iteration of Stupid Stout is one of the most rock-solid imperial stouts that we have reviewed at NeuFutur. When one pours into a goblet or glass, they will be greeted with a black color that is dark as night with a good amount of tan heads that is slow to dissipate.  The effort comes in hot and provides individuals with an impressive amount of hops before hints of chocolate, coffee, and brown sugars come into focus. Malt elements are dominant during the second half, imbuing a toasty and roasted side to the effort. Coronado-Stupid-Stout-2015The creaminess of the beer is much more presence as one continues on, with hints of nougat, vanilla, and allspice playing at the periphery. Continue reading “Stupid Stout 2015 (Coronado Brewing Company)”

Old Jubilation Ale (Avery)

Avery’s Old Jubilation Ale pours with a dark brown and a very small amount of tannish, off-white head. There is a good amount of effervescence to this effort, which immediately invites with a nose that links together dark fruit with just a hint of alcohol. When one begins to sip the beer, they will be greeted with a good amount of toasted malt, nuttiness, and a bit of coffee. The astringency that comes forth at the ending of an Old Jubilation sip is a solid refresher, ensuring that one will have a new take on the beer.Old Jubilation Ale Continue reading “Old Jubilation Ale (Avery)”

Chuggington: Traintastic Adventures (DVD)

Chuggington: Traintastic Adventures is a DVD release that captures some of the most well-liked Chuggington episodes into one handy DVD release. The Brewster Booster, Koko’s New Look, Stunt Brewster, Hodge and the Chugnav, Lights Camera Action Chugger, and Wilson and the Steam Team comprise the episodes presented here.

There are a few additions present in this DVD. Our favorite of these additions have to be the Traintastic Adventures cards and map showcasing the various individuals and locales in the Chuggington universe. The action that takes place in each of these episodes is such that even the youngest viewers can appreciate what is going on while being taught proper behavior and skills. I believe that the cast is one of the largest that we have seen on a children’s show, which allows for the various stories told to be considerably different based on the specific grouping of characters tapped. Whether Koko, Chugger, Wilson, or Hodge are given the spotlight, the same type of compelling tale will keep viewers watching until the very end.

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, there is no reason that this should not make it into any child’s stocking or gift basket. Chuggington: Traintastic Adventures is available at all well-stocked online retailers and brick and mortar stores alike.  Kudos to Anchor Bay for keeping childrens’ DVDs at a price that is approachable by the widest possible audience.

Rating: 8.6/10

Chuggington: Traintastic Adventures (DVD) / 2012 Anchor Bay / 61 Minutes / http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com

Peace Killers Release Debut Album 1/22

Svart Records sets January 22nd, 2016 as the international release date for Peace Killers’ self-titled debut album, to be released on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. Svart signed Peace Killers to a deal in 2014, and the Sacramento-based band recorded Peace Killers in the summer of 2014 at Earth Tone Studios with the help of local record producer Pat Hills, a force in Sacramento’s strong and proud local music scene. Continue reading “Peace Killers Release Debut Album 1/22”

John Malkovich Release Like a Puppet Show 11/27

Like A Puppet Show is a vinyl-only release slated for fall’s Record Store Day tomorrow, Friday November 27. In advance of the release, the trio has now shared the newest single, “Cryocarbon 14C” which was mixed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). Of the experience OMD said, “It was fascinating, totally unexpected, an honour and a great challenge to take John Malkovich’s distinctive vocal and cut/paste/twist/distort/edit/repeat it to create a musical dynamic.”

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Native Construct premieres new video for “Mute”

Currently on tour with Between The Buried And Me, Enslaved, and Intronaut, progressive metal outfit Native Construct has released a new video for the track “Mute”, from their recently released debut, Quiet World. Directed by David S. Brodsky, the video can be viewed now below.

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