‘Tis The Time Of Pumpkin Ale!

As a self-described pumpkin nut – one of those people who likes pumpkin anything year round, I was the first to be surprised by the fact that I’ve never had pumpkin ale, or any pumpkin flavored beer. Sure I’m not a big drinker, but still. So in time for the season, I have tried five pumpkin ales and am happy to report on how they stack up in general and with each other. Enjoy! 🙂

  1. New Belgium (Special Release) Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

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This ale is as fine as they come. I had a feeling it was going to be the frontrunner before I ever tasted it. I saw it on the menu at Old Chicago, but it was so popular they were out. Then my husband’s boss told him how good New Belgium’s pumpkin ale was, but we didn’t put together that they were one and the same.

Unlike some of the drinks on this list, you are able to taste the pumpkin. It isn’t overpowering like it could be, but it is not subtle either – clear and distinct without taking away from the other flavors. And yes there are other flavors to experience in Atomic Pumpkin. First off, for New Belgium fans – this brew still has their classic ale flavor and rather than try to compete with the pumpkin these two flavors mix together in a surprisingly balanced way. Marrying these two flavors is a bit of a kick. Let’s just say that this drink puts the “spice” in pumpkin spice. It has notes of cinnamon but also packs a little heat. (Nothing too powerful for people who prefer things mild, it’s more a flavor.) That’s when I looked at the ingredients to discover that Atomic Pumpkin is brewed with cinnamon and habanero peppers. I never would have thought habanero would be good with pumpkin, but now I can’t imagine it any other way.

The clear winner – you may want to get this special (limited) release while you can. It’s clearly the king of pumpkin ale! 😉 Continue reading

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Fall’s Final Five Shows To Watch Out For!

The last list of new shows for 2017 (yes, I promise, this is it!), these five shows seem to be hit or miss. But regardless of my opinions – they’re all getting plenty of buzz. From a heavenly dramedy, a ridiculous comedy (that looks like a lot of fun), two reboots of megahits of yesteryear and a new military drama, this list has a little something for everyone.

Kevin (Probably) Saves The World

Premiers on October 3 on ABC

The series follows Kevin Finn, a cluelessly self-serving man whose life brings him more trouble than he bargained for. Upon returning home to stay with his widowed twin sister and her daughter, he is recruited by a celestial being (aka a guardian angel) named Yvette, who enlists Kevin. Giving him a new mission to save the world, this gives Kevin a new purpose in life, allowing him to help people.

When I first heard of Kevin (Probably) Saves The World (then titled The Gospel of Kevin), I thought: This sounds stupid. A less than holy (or even decent) guy getting a little divine intervention to actually be more than decent but selfless… I wanted it to work, but just saw it as an uphill thing. But I’ve learned to never underestimate Jason Ritter, who stars in this show as the titular character. That gave me hope, and then I saw the trailer… which made me smile. And now I just may see the light.

The trailer shows a surprisingly smart, well-cast comedy that looks for something deeper, both from Kevin and from the audience. A show of surprising promise, I’m excited to see if it lives up to that promise. I’m (cautiously) hopeful. 🙂  

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The Hottest New Shows Coming Your Way This October!

Here are the remaining new fall shows you just have to see. Included in this list are two new comedies sure to make you laugh until it hurts, two promising new crime shows, and one superhero epic I can’t wait to see! 🙂

Ghosted

Premiers on October 1 on FOX

A cynical skeptic (Craig Robinson), and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal (Adam Scott), are recruited by a secret government agency to look into the rampant “unexplained” activity in Los Angeles — all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.

Did you like The X-Files back in the day? How about (any version of) Ghostbusters? Ghosted feels like a mashup of The X-Files (pairing a true believer and a skeptic and having them investigate the paranormal) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (it seems like the kind of comedy) with Ghostbusters thrown in. Honestly, what’s not to love?

The trailer seems to support this theory and reinforce that this show is on its way to be a sure-fire hit. Of course, it helps that Craig Robinson and Adam Scott are both star-comedians, each able to have his own show. Pairing these two together is a no-brainer and thankfully it seems they have outstanding chemistry. This is one of two (the other is 9JKL, which I also cover in this post, below) comedies I am the most excited to see this fall – period.

Here’s hoping Ghosted is everything it seems to be and more, because I am so ready for a comedy that is out of this world! 😉

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Is The Fear Street Reboot Series Lost? The Lost Girl

Fear Street’s third book in the relaunch lands between the good (Party Games), the bad (Don’t Stay Up Late). It’s classic Fear Street, but not at its best or at its worst, trying to find its place in the next generation of juvenile horror.

The Lost Girl (Fear Street Reboot #3)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Fears

There’s a new girl at Shadyside High, and she’s to die for…

Beautiful and mysterious, new student Lizzy Walker is the talk of Shadyside High. Where did she come from? Where does she live? No one knows anything about her, but everyone wants to find out. Michael finds himself drawn to her. He can’t stop thinking about her. But the closer he gets, the stranger she seems…

Michael invites Lizzy to join his group of friends for a day of fun in the snow, racing snowmobiles through the woods, but the day ends in a tragic accident, but that’s just the beginning of the horrors. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered one by one. Michael’s girlfriend, Pepper, becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But Lizzy can’t be responsible, can she?

The answers lie in a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago….

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What A Seriously Creepy Movie “It” Is

It

Released on September 8, 2017                                Rating:

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.… 

Last Saturday, my husband surprised me with a late-night screening of It. I kind of wanted to see it, based on the trailer despite not being a Stephen King fan, and never wanting to see horror movies in the theaters. (I’m a wuss, I prefer to watch horror films at home, during the day, when my husband is home, hiding behind a big pillow. Yes, I am serious.) I’m really glad I saw this though, because I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. And it’s nice to actually be “current” for a change. 😛

I should preface this review by saying I have never read Stephen King’s 1,100-page novel of the same name because it’s 1,100 pages and I’m not really a fan. (I don’t dislike his work, I’m just Switzerland about it.) I also didn’t see the 1990 miniseries because I was only six years old at the time – it’s not something I needed to see and not something I have a desire to watch as an adult. So you know how a lot of reviews are comparing this film to the miniseries or the book – mine won’t do that, mostly. It’s really about the movie itself…

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