Thursday, 27 September 2012

10 Reasons Why All Beer Lovers Should Go For The Better Beer Festival!



1) BECAUSE EVERYONE DESERVES BETTER BEER! 
And Taps Beer Bar is probably the only place in town that is making the effort to buck the boring commercial beer trend and bring in AWESOME, BETTER beers. They deserve all the support they can get!

2) MORE THAN SEVENTY BEERS TO TRY! 
There will be over 70, yes SEVENTY, different craft brews from Singapore, Australia, England, Scotland, Denmark, Norway, Japan, USA, Belgium and Germany.

4) CHEAP AWESOME BEERS ON TAP! 
ALL the beers on tap at Taps will be going at RM15 a glass, which means you'll be getting AWESOME BEERS from BrewDog, Mikkeller, Nogne, Thornbridge, Harviestoun and Orkney for almost HALF THE NORMAL PRICE.

5) LEARN MORE ABOUT BEERS!
Sick of commercial beers? Too many events serving the same old beers OVER AND OVER AGAIN? Then this is the best time to come and try out some NEW, TASTY craft beers that you won't get ANYWHERE ELSE in KL.

6) CHEAP WEIHENSTEPHANER!
There's also going to be Weihenstephaner wheat beer going for RM10 a glass. Why pay more for a boring glass of Hoegaarden or Paulaner elsewhere when you have Weihenstephaner?

7) HITACHINO NEST JAPANESE CRAFT BEER!
This little owl beer is one of the most easy drinking yet unique beer brands I've tried, and they'll be at the fest!

8) LIVE MUSIC AND FUN!
There will be live music from 4pm onwards, as well as talks, beer tasting, beer auctions and lucky draws. And trust me, some of the acts who will be performing are REALLY GOOD.

9) NEW BEERS!
Besides Hitachino, the other new beers available at the festival are: Jungle Beer (Singapore), Red Dot Beer (Singapore), St Bernadus (Belgium) and Het Anker (Belgium).

10) NO CRAZY EXPENSIVE ENTRY FEES!
Entry is a RM5 donation to Taps' partner charity, the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation. The donation witll entitle you to one free beer taster.

10) COME FOR THE BEER, STAY FOR THE COMPANY!
A bunch of us are already planning to camped out there for the most part of the day. I'll probably be there at about 2pm onwards, so just come over and say hi!

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The Better Beer Festival 2012:

Date: 29 September 2012 (Saturday)
Time: Doors open at 12pm
Venue: Taps Beer Bar, One Residency, 1 Jalan Nagasari, Off Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2110-1560
Email: info@tapsbeerbar.my
Facebook: facebook.com/TapsBeerBar

Beers will be available for purchase from RM15 upwards. Food and other beverages will also be available. Tokens can be purchased in RM50 lots. A minimum purchase of RM100 is required for credit card transactions. Taps Beer Bar will also be launching their membership program on that day.

they'll also be selling this cool beer glasses at the festival for RM20 each! Limited quantities only though...

Monday, 24 September 2012

Beer Of The Week: AOOOOONI! The Green Ghost Toast!

Whenever I go to Singapore, I always try to make it for a beer or two at Jibiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar at Somerset 313. It's one of my favorite drinking spots in Singapore, nice cozy little outlet, with some really great beers.



The last time I went there, I was happy to see a few new beers from the Yoho Brewing company, which also makes the excellent Yona Yona Ale. The new ones were Tokyo Black (nothing to do with the Black Tokyo Horizon), the Sun Sun Organic Beer, and my favorite, the Indo No Aooni IPA.



Damn, I LOVE that packaging. Yoho has always had nice cans, but this one is just awesome. The name means "Green Ghost" (I think, at least that's what those characters mean in Chinese), 7%ABV, and is apparently a "Full-bodied IPA with a generous floral hop aroma".



They've got the description of the aroma right. The nose is a wonderfully hoppy yet sweet, floral scent, and is probably one of the best-smelling beers I've had in a while. The colour is a nice, slightly ruby red,  amber-ish straw color too.



I have to say, this has just overtaken the Yona Yona as my favorite beer from Yoho. It's got a perfect balance of hops and sweet maltiness, and the bitterness comes through just right, meaning it doesn't hit you in the face as soon as you sip it, unlike many IPAs. It's also surprisingly easy to drink considering it's 7%ABV, and I polished off mine in no time at all. EXCELLENT.

Beer Rating: 8.5 out of 10



BTW, I'm not sure if Aooni will be at the Better Beer Festival this Saturday at Taps Beer Bar, but one beer brand from Jibiru will DEFINITELY be there - Hitachino Nest! Hopefully they'll have the AWESOME Espresso Stout, but even if they don't, Hitachino Nest still makes some GREAT beers. So head over to the Better Beer Festival to check it out!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Such An Unoriginal Place.



Hotel Transylvania.
Not a review.
In a dark KL cinema, cold air-con in the hall.
Warm smell of popcorn, coming in through the walls.
Up there on the big screen, I saw a sickening sight,
the jokes were smelly, and the laughs were slim,
I didn't know what to write.



Sigh.
I really expected more,
Especially from the creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter's Lab.
This just seemed like a wasted oppurtunity.
Paranorman was WAY better than this.
So much more original and creative too.



I mean COME ON.
It's a HOTEL. For MONSTERS.
There's SO MUCH YOU COULD DO with that.
And all you could come up with were FART JOKES?
Could it because Adam fucking Sandler is in it?
So it AUTOMATICALLY NEEDS FART JOKES?



Drac was actually not a bad character,
But Sandler's voice just grates on me.
And Selena Gomez?
Other than the fact that she was Selena Gomez,
What else did she give the character?
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.



The Mummy! The Invisible Man!
Frankenstein's monster! The Werewolf!
All those GREAT characters and monsters!
But NOOOO, fart jokes are way funnier.
And It's ALL ADAM SANDLER.
And that HUMAN KID OMG KILL HIM PLEASE.



Ok, it was funny in parts,
But the cliches, the lazy gags,
The been there done that-ness of it all.
I was hoping for Samurai Jack to show up,
And WIPE THEM ALL OUT.
That would have been a great twist.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Love The Law, Not Dredd It.



Dredd.
Not A Review.
JUDGEMENT: NOT DREDD-FULL
JUDGE DREDD IS BACK.
LOOK OUT, MEGA-CITY ONE.
LOVE THE LAW, NOT DREDD IT.
Love Dredd, for HE IS THE LAW.



Now THIS is a Judge Dredd movie.
Not like that stupid Stallone movie,
Which was corny as hell,
And committed the ULTIMATE SACRILEGE.
DREDD DOES NOT TAKE OFF HIS HELMET OMG.



EAT YOUR HEART OUT, SYLVESTOR STALLONE.
Karl Urban's Dredd ROCKS.
KARL URBAN IS DREDD.
And he didn't even have to take off his helmet.
His CHIN acted better than Stallone.
Heck, he deserves the Time MAgazine award,
for CHIN OF THE YEAR.



Oooh, that blonde chick is pretty hot.
Ok, she's all suited up in armour,
So no cleavage rating.
But THOSE EYES.
Look AT THOSE EYES.
(And don't let her read your mind).



WHOA Lena Headey.
WHAT did they do to your FACE?
Was it the damn Greyjoys? Or the Freys?
Or was it those damn T800s?
Whatever, you are one scary bitch.



GREAT action.
Makes Expendables look like child's play.
Ok, maybe not,
But the action here was certainly a lot grittier,
And the violence was a lot more graphic too.
And there aren't as many wrinkles or saggy biceps.



Oooooh SLOW-MO...
PREEETTTYYYYY.
And in THREEE DEEEEEE...
Too bad it ain't in IMAX.
Sigh...
Oh well, at least the action is solid.
Story? What story?
GO WATCH IT.
OR THE LAW WILL KICK YOUR ASS.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Beer of The Week: Now THAT'S Hardcore

Hmmm... been awhile since I've done a Beer of the Week post. Not that I haven't tried many beers, in fact, I've tried TOO MANY beers that I don't know which one to write on! :-p



Anyway, one of my favorite beers at what is my current NUMBER ONE BEER BAR - Taps Beer Bar - is actually the awesome BrewDog Hardcore IPA. It comes in the bottle, and they usually have it on tap as well. While I prefer it a lot more on tap, the bottle one packs one heck of a punch as well.



The beer has a fresh, refreshing, grassy nose, and compared to the other BrewDog IPA available here - the rather light Punk IPA - this is a MONSTER of a beer, containing 9% ABV, and a GREAT hoppy, citrusy taste that ends with a nice, long hoppy finish. One of the better beers to go with Taps' beef rendang or satay pizzas, IMHO.

Definitely one of the better IPAs I've ever tried.



BTW, Taps will be organising the BETTER BEER FESTIVAL next Sunday (29/9) at their outlet, and besides their usual beers (which already number over 60), they've also invited over Hitachino Nest Japanese craft beers, and Singapore's upstart craft brewers Jungle Beer! Head on over HERE for more information:

Friday, 14 September 2012

To Arthur At Sid's!



Yup, if you only go for ONE Arthur's Day party this year, then go for the one at Sid's Pub TTDI this Sunday, the bar with the best Guinness in town!



The party starts at 12 noon, all the way until 8pm (or until they run out of Guinness, which will probably NEVER happen), with the black stuff going at RM10 NETT a glass.

Seeya there!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

I Demand Retribution.



Resident Evil: Retribution.
Not a review.
I demand retribution.
For all the time wasted watching this.
WHY WON'T THIS FRANCHISE DIE ALREADY????
It's like a bloody zombie that just won't stay down OMG.



Anyway,
Wow, Milla is as gorgeous as ever.
I saw her in Comic Con once,
And she is just as hot in real life.
She's probably the only good thing in the movie.
You could look at her all day and not get bored.
BTW, does she have an anti-blood shield on her face?
With all that blood flying around,
How is it she doesn't get A SINGLE DROP on her perfect porcelain face?



Oooh, Li Bing Bing as Ada Wong.
HOT.
More kayu than Keanu Reeves,
But still damn hot.
BTW how does she do ALL THAT in THAT DRESS?
And WHERE THE HELL does she keep her guns?
Does she have a magic Doraemon pocket somehwere in her bra?



Jill Valentine.
OMG SO CORNY. SO WOODEN.
I know she's supposed to be robotic and brainwashed,
BUT OMG MAKE IT LOOK CONVINCING LAR.
Michelle Rodriquez was ok though.
Didn't do much, but at least she TRIED.
AND SHE KICKS ASS. HARD.



And WTF WESKER.
Is that a REAL actor?
Are you SURE it's not CGI?
Or performance capture?
Because Andy Serkis in a leotard could act better than that.
You could replace Shawn Roberts with a KEN DOLL,
And We STILL wouldn't be able to tell the difference.



Story? WHAT STORY?
Yes, it's based on a video game.
But did you HAVE to make it EXACTLY like a Video game?
Got different levels, bosses on each level,
(What is LOTR's cave troll doing in here?)
And wah, even got "in-game map" to show you where you are!
Ok, it managed to make me wanna play the game,
Which would probably be a lot more entertaining, actually.



By the way,
I'd HATE to be the Janitor at Umbrella Coporation
Who cleans up the mess after each zombie "sequence".
Who has to turn on the lights in the morning.
Those things seem to take FOREVER to come on.
And EVERYTHING IS WHITE WTF,
So you can SEE EVERY SPOT OF DIRT OMG.



Ok lah, the action is pretty good.
Paul W.S. Anderson makes killing zombies LOOK GOOD.
And I LOVED that reversed slow-motion opening sequence.
And I never get tired of watching Milla in slo-mo,
KILLING zombies in slow-mo.
AWWWW YEAAAAH.

Friday, 7 September 2012

The MPH Distributors Warehouse Sale is back!



WOOT! The MPH Distributors Warehouse Sale is back!

The last time I went for an MPH Distributors Warehouse Sale, I came back with two Absolute edition graphic novels, and a whole STACK of other comics. And this was before I even started on the books...

I'm hoping there'll be more comics this time around (I seem to buy more of those these days), but judging from the pictures they've posted on their Facebook page, there should be a whole lot more to look forward to as well! Woot!

Anyway, here are the details for the sale:

VENUE: The Crest, 3 Two Square, Block F, Ground Floor, No. 2, Jalan 19/1, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
TIME: 8am-6pm
DATES: 8 September - 17 September 2012