Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Dooming Smoke

Usually when I pair a game with a beer, I start by finding the game I want to pair and then I look through beer styles and my personal taste in beer to find something that fits. This time I did it the other way around. I tasted some beers with a friend and tried to find a game to go with it.

Let me present you today's style : the smoky rauchbier :

First of all, this old German style probably isn't for everyone. Be aware that it won't taste anything close to a regular, pale, commercial beer. Rauchbier translates as smoked beer. The malt used in these beers are dried over a fire and gives the unique flavor to the beer. These beers can taste almost like smoked meat and reminds you of a good plate full of bacon. Generally not too hoppy, full bodied with a nice dark color, the smell will immediately show you why it's called a smoked beer. Don't be scared, it's an impressive style of brew. 

Now let me present you a game to try with this, and if you didn't guess the game by the title, take a look at the cartridge after the jump!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gaming community against SOPA/PIPA

If you're following a couple gaming sites/blog/videos, you're probably aware of SOPA and all the rage about it. In short, it could dramatically change our beloved free internet.

Today, wikipedia even blocked its English portion to protest! It's by spreading the awareness that we can stop this. I'm Canadian so I cannot vote or voice my opinion on the subject but I know that there's some American citizens reading this blog so the least I can do is share this video by Screwattack.

If this gets a pass, we might lose a lot of great websites like the AVGN, ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, RetrowareTv and a whole lot more. I'd probably get in trouble too and I wouldn't like that.

We can stop this!

Let's drink to that, cheers!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Super Mario Beer

This time we talk classic!

A timeless game paired with a classic and equally timeless beer style. Start a conversation about video games with someone who doesn't look like a gamer, ask them if they know anything about games.  Try and draw a simple NES controller. What do you think is the first thing that comes to mind for most people?

Super Mario Bros. on the NES! This game defines classic Nintendo. Lots of people also remember Duck Hunt because they came in pairs and was a nice diversion. Even if the person you're talking to doesn't  like video games, they'll start talking about the old games they played  and how much fun they had back then. Try it you'll see. I work at a bar and often wear a NES controller belt buckle and it always surprises me how much people start talking about games because of that.
Let's take a trip down memory lane and take a nice pint of beer!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Adventure Island's fruits

Happy new year everyone!

I hope you had fun playing and drinking with your friends and family. Now, it's back to work and normal life which means I'll start doing some game beering for you.

Today I have a game that contrast with the cold weather. Forget the snow and the freezing wind, we're heading on a nice island to save a kidnapped lover, again! Lets take control of Master Higgins and dive into Adventure Island!