We’re into our third week of October and we’re a wee bit behind schedule with the whole blogging things, so I have some random beers for you today and a new mix pack.  I’ll also tell you about our little experiment we are conducting this weekend at the end!  Riggo will have a pick or two as well for the games this weekend.  By the way, Kendall doesn’t like my star system and how I do it.  I told her if she didn’t like it then she should blog more.  I had a beer in my hand and thought about dropping it to symbolize the mic drop but I didn’t want to spill it.  Yes I can be quite childish.
ballast-point-orange-vanilla-fathom
First up we have Ballast Point’s Orange Vanilla Fathom.  Simply put, this is a creamsicle in a beer.  That’s it.  Picture your favorite creamsicle growing up with some hops.  It’s simple and it works.  I’m glad I caught it when I did (being that it is still warm out) because this is a summer treat at its finest.  The smell is more orangy than vanilla but the vanilla comes out in the taste.  It has a creamy mouthfeel and that’s why I say this is a creamsicle in a beer.  It has a punch at 7% ABV and I was a little surprised at the IBU being as high as 70, but it works.  The hop flavor takes a backseat to the creamsicle taste but complements it nicely.  I couldn’t drink this over and over but it was a nice Sunday treat while watching football.
****
bells-oktoberfest
Up next we have Bell’s Octoberfest.  I’ll go ahead and say that it’s good, but considering how much I love Oberon and Two Hearted I was sooo looking forward to loving this too.  Considering how awesome they made their summer beer and their IPA surely they would be top notch for their Marzen as well right?  It has a nice easy drinking ABV at 5.5% and a pretty amber color with a nice head.  It has a nice initial flavor to it.  I don’t know.  It’s another one of those that I can’t pin down.  It’s good, borderline great, but not quite there.
***.75
swamp-cabbage-weizenbock
Up next we have Swamp Cabbage‘s first appearance on Pick Six!  For those of you unfamiliar with this brewery they are another local one here in Columbia.  I honestly don’t know much about them either.  We’ve never been there and I’ve only ever had their beers at events.  The first time I had one was when Kaminer was doing a trade show at the Museum.  Kendall and I just finished 9 holes where we drank Bud Light (sorry not sorry) and decided to try one.  I don’t remember what it was but I do remember that it was good.  This is good too.  This is their Weizenbock that I got at Oktoberfest.  Kendall and I went and met Win and Karen for lunch last Sunday.  Am I a bad person for just wanting some ketchup to put on my bratwurst?  I can’t help it.  Spicy mustard and esophageal spasms don’t really go together.  TMI?  Probably.  Anyway, this is a really good beer.  It’s dark but easy drinking with a sweet finish to it.  It’s strong at 7.5% ABV so I only had one of them but I’m glad I did.  I think a date night to Swamp Cabbage is in order soon.

So it’s Mom’s birthday next week so we are going to do a little experiment with the fam.  Dad will be a guinea pig too, maybe Wylie as well.  All of the previous people drink Bud Light.  Wylie enjoys crafts from Mellow Mushroom from time to time, but my family members mainly drink light beers.  I went to Craft and Draft today after my haircut and picked up a mix pack and we are going to see how my family reacts to them.  I mixed in some easy drinking ones along with a couple of IPAs and, of course, one of our favorites here.  That will be the subject of next week’s blog.
1.  River Rat 803 IPA
2.  Westbrook White Thai
3.  Ballast Point Mango Even Keel
4.  Conquest Sacred Heart IPA
5.  Fatty’s First Shot IPA
6.  Oskar Blues Pinner IPA

riggo-week-7
The moral of these picks is don’t bet money on what this lovable demon guesses on college football.  She’s $$$ straight up at 11-2 but is breaking even ATS at 6-6 (remember Clemson didn’t have a spread one weekend).  Let’s see if she can break that record open this weekend:
CAROLINA (-21): 27
UMASS:  13

CAL (-2):  53
OREGON:  44

AUBURN (-10):  30
ARKANSAS:  21

Cheers,
Franklin

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