Sunday, April 20, 2008

It's so much fun living in a Microsoft world

I installed Office 2008 for Mac today. Yes, I know that is a type of oxymoron but we live in a Microsoft world. It does give me entertainment value to read their installer messages. A case in point is this one. Are they yelling at Apple? Is it in Spanish? To what degree? It even seems to be radical.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Circle the Square - Session 10 - April 15

I got the shirt!
I couldn't leave it at only two punches left on the card for long. After class tonight it was time for dinner. I started with the Big Sky Seasonal, in this case the Winter Ale was in stock. So it finally gets warm and I get the Winter Ale. I poured it down the middle of the glass and ended up with a large head. The head didn't take very long to go down. In fact, the entire bottle didn't take long to go down. It reminded me somewhat of a Newcastle.

After the final beer on the card, it was time to move to the hard cider. The last punch on the card was the Strongbow. This is the only can on the card and clocks in at 16.9 ounces and 5.0% alcohol. Very tasty but I had waited for nice weather to get this one as I think of it as a summer time drink.

Then it was time to get the shirt. Turns out that I was the first to get a shirt through this promotion. I had most of the staff tell me that as I was drinking the Big Sky. I took a photo of the fully punched card. As you can see it was getting difficult to carefully put in my wallet. Now I won't need to. I'll save you all from a photo of me in the shirt since Rheanna did a much better job modeling at the beginning of this series of blog entries.

Now as a reader of this blog, you have one thing left to do. Go and get your own shirt. The Square is located at 4736 Washington Square in downtown White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It's just a block off of highway 61 and the patio is starting to open as our winter finally seems to be ending. I'll see you there!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Circle the Square - Session 9 - April 14

Coming in to the final turn! I dropped the taxes in the mail and went to the Square for dinner. The Abbey Prima was a good start with it's anise and orange peel flavors. To finish the left side of the card, I went from Belgium to Prague with the Staropramen. It was a little plain for my taste or overwhelmed by the Abbey and the nachos. I am down to only two beers and still have a chance to be the first to get the shirt. Technically, I only have one beer left, the other is Strongbow hard cider.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Circle the Square - Session 8 - April 10

Double triple night! I had the two triples on the card tonight. I started off with the Abbey Triple that actually says Floreffe Triple Ale on the label. The Floreffe Abbey has been brewing for centuries and they are good with it. This is a Belgian beer with about a 7.5% alcohol content. Very drinkable but not as good as the Konings from last night. Maybe I was just in the mood for the Konings last night. I mentioned that it was a double triple night. I followed the Abbey with the Triple Karmeliet. This was a little more to my liking. The part I have noticed as I do the circle of the square, I haven't really found a bad beer. There is definitely a wide range of them out there. I also found out tonight that I might be the first to make it around the circle. The manager didn't know of anyone completing the card so far. Only 4 left to drink - it's a tough job but someone has to do it.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Circle the Square - Session 7 - April 9

Dinner and beer time! I have two more punches on my Circle the Square card. I now have 14 out of the 20 punches. The first beer, that was consumed while I was waiting for dinner, was the Capital Brewery Island Wheat. This was very drinkable and normal. The second beer was delicious! It was also 10% alcohol. The Konings Hoeven Quadtupel is a Holland brew that is served with a tulip glass. I will definitely have another one of these after I get done with the card. Oh, by the way, the card is getting a little ragged. I am certain I will make my goal of having the shirt by summer.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Circle the Square - Session 6 - April 5

Saturday lunch time was a good time to get two more punches in the Circle the Square card - it is starting to look a little ragged with so many holes around the edge. I am now over halfway to that coveted t-shirt. Ok, I really just want to try the different beers and this is an excuse. Today I started fancy. I had the Kriek Lambic. This is very syrupy and cherry flavored. It does come in a wrapped bottle that has a champagne cork top. This rated two photos before and after opening. As the meal progressed I decided to go in a completely opposite direction and ordered the Left Hand Milk Stout. Both of these beers were very good and I will have to have them again -- after I get the t-shirt.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Circle the Square - Session 5 - April 3

It has been a busy time since the last post. I did get back to the Square tonight for dinner. Of course, a couple of beers were consumed and more punches on the Circle the Square card. Yes, I remembered to take photos. The first beer was a little on the large size but very tasty. My father-in-law was along and also had a Fat Tire as his second beer. My second beer was the one on the card that I have been avoiding since I don't care for hoppy beer, the Hopped and Infuzed. It wasn't as bad as I expected. Oh, what's that? It's Hazed and Infuzed? Still very hoppy.