Beer Blog: Middle Aged Math and Mexican Chocolate Stout

first_imgMexican. Chocolate. Stout. Those are about the three most exciting words in the English language. Individually, they’re a bit ho-hum. But string them together and I get about as giddy as a preteen with Justin Bieber tickets in her back pocket.I saw those words on the chalkboard of Asheville’s newest brewery, Twin Leaf, last night and had to give it a go. I was tired and ready to go home, but you don’t come across a beer that decadent too often, so I felt obligated to indulge.We had finished the first road ride of the season just a couple of hours before. My group of riding buddies made the slow grind up Town Mountain to the water tower, then bolted immediately downtown for nachos and beer. Total ride time, just under an hour. Total distance, right about 12 miles with 1,000 feet of vert. What we’ve discovered as we approach middle age, is that it’s important to follow any sort of healthy pursuit immediately with an unhealthy reward. Booze, fried cheese, strip clubs…By our calculations, caloric intake of the reward should at least double the caloric output of the activity. I call it Middle Age Math.I’m sure the Mexican Chocolate Stout satisfied that caloric requirement all on its own. Twin Leaf brewed the stout with cocoa nibs, cinnamon and chiles de arbol, which aren’t as hot as cayenne peppers, so the beer wasn’t as spicy as you might think. It just had a little bit of backend heat, which I think came more from the cinnamon than the chiles. It was sweet, vaguely spicy, and entirely decadent—like drinking a slice of Mexican chocolate cake. It was the perfect way to end the night.There’s no way I could drink this beer every day. Okay, that’s not true, I could totally drink it every day. Luckily, most breweries keep these uber decadent chocolate stouts to limited, seasonal releases. You’ll have to make the trek to Twin Leaf now to try their Mexican Chocolate Stout, but there are other options. Pisgah is set to release their super popular Chocolatized Vortex II, a Russian Imperial Stout that’s soaked in chocolate nibs from French Broad Chocolate Factory before being bottled. Look for the beer in 22-ounce bombers and on tap around town.I recommend grabbing a handful of the bottles and saving a few for a rainy day. The beauty of Imperial Stouts is that they tend to get better with age. Just like the dudes in my group ride.last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund CEO threatens squad clean out

first_img0Shares0000Dortmund´s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said the current squad are not playing to their talent and threatened to have a clear out © AFP/File / PATRIK STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 6 – Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has threatened to clean out the current squad at the end of the season — unless results improve.“We need a squad adjustment in the summer, things will be clearer after the second half of the season,” Watzke told Frankfurt-based newspaper FAZ. “Michael Zorc (Dortmund’s director of sport) has the lead on this, he knows my opinion and expectation.”Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, scored twice on his debut last Friday when Dortmund won 3-2 at Bundesliga bottom side Cologne to finish the weekend fourth in Germany’s top flight.However, Andre Schuerrle’s late winner for Dortmund did not disguise another poor team performance after drawing their three previous games.Dortmund are 19 points behind run-away German league leaders Bayern Munich.Borussia remain unbeaten in the league under head coach Peter Stoeger, who took over in December when his predecessor Peter Bosz was sacked after eight league games without a win.The German club dropped down to the Europa League knock-out stages after finishing third in their Champions League group behind Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.Several of Dortmund’s stars, such as Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin, chief defender Sokratis and goalkeeper Roman Burki, are struggling to produce consistent performances.English teenager Jadon Sancho, 17, currently out with an ankle injury, Swedish striker Alexander Isak, 18 and Germany winger Maximilian Philipp, 23, have all impressed and give hope for Dortmund’s future.However, below-par team performances have irked Watzke.“The team that won the 2011 and 2012 (Bundesliga) titles, weren’t as good as today’s team, but had the best mentality imaginable,” said Watzke.Having signed Batshuayi only until the end of the season, Dortmund have no option to buy the 24-year-old and they need a proven goal-scorer after selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal.Dortmund fans are hoping Germany winger Marco Reus, who is recovering from a knee injury, will extend his contract, which expires in June 2019, to avoid later losing him on a free transfer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more