Friday, February 28, 2014

Inlander Restaurant Week

Emily here with an update on Inlander Restaurant Week.  We are mostly through the second annual Inlander Restaurant Week and the reports we hear are amazing! In case you don't know, though, or, gosh forbid, haven’t heard of Restaurant Week, or you have but are still not sure what’s going on and why everyone is walking around like they just had Thanksgiving dinner? Well let us explain, and then break out your fat pants and get ready to eat, because you don’t want to miss this week!

Inlander Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many restaurants as your schedule will allow, for affordable, fixed prices. Restaurant week is held once a year, this year being held February 21 to March 2. The 2014 Inlander Restaurant Week has 74 restaurant participants along with 11 drink local participants. 

How it works is you pick which restaurant you want to go to. We recommend checking out the menus either online or in the Inlander before you head out. This helps you plan ahead for your night out since each restaurant has prix fixe prices (fixed prices) of either $18 per person, or $28 per person. Another reason for looking at the menus beforehand, is it will get you hungry, and that’s a good thing for what you’re about to experience!

Each restaurant has a 3-course menu pre-selected. All you have to do is pick one of the three options for each of the three courses, and then be prepared to be amazed! The restaurants that participate in Restaurant Week use the week as an opportunity to introduce themselves to both locals and visitors who may have never dined there. The chefs use this as a chance to showcase what they do best in a creative (and delicious) manner!

As if all the amazing food is not enough, this year Restaurant Week has placed a huge emphasis on the regions libation industry. Each restaurant that is participating is featuring different Drink Local options, either on tap to be enjoyed side by side with your hand crafted meal, or right in the meal itself! (You MUST check out Saranac Public House and try their Vanilla Bourbon Stout Pudding made with our VB Stout.. it’s to die for!)

We have put together a list for you of some of the amazing Restaurant Week participants that have been some of River City Brewing’s best Drink Local supporters:

Fire Artisan (Spokane and Coeur d’Alene
Herbal Essence
Italia Trattoria
MacKenzie River Pizza (both the downtown location and up on the South Hill
O’Doherty’s Irish Grill
Post Street Alehouse
Ripples Riverside Grill
Sante
Saranac Public House
Spencer’s Steaks and Chops
Steelhead Bar and Grille
Windows of the Seasons
Tomato Street
Webster’s Saloon
Casper Fry
Chaps
Lantern Tap House
Latah Bistro
Manito Tap House
Max at Mirabeau
315 Martinis and Tapas
Beverly’s

Thanks to everyone for their involvement in Restaurant Week!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Best Craigslist Used Car Ad Ever

This guy deserves to sell his car, or get a book deal, you decide: http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/4341560204.html.  Go to the ad to see the rest of the pictures, which is worth the time, or to buy the car.  And thanks to SS for sending this along.

Mercedes Benz 560 SEL

You have found the most epic Mercedes-Benz from the 1980's. The Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL sedan -- featured in Car & Driver, Motor Trend and named "Car of the Year' from Wheels Magazine -- it was the top of the line luxury vehicle that re-defined European automobiles. Oh, and I may as well add that it won the "Safest Car of the Year" in 1987.



Yes, it was awesome. . . and this one still is. Why? Because it is a 27-year old vintage road-treasure that has seen four presidents, the invention of Al Gore's Internet and the rise, fall and death of Kurt Cobain. It's old enough to vote, get an MBA and Botox, travel around Europe and move out of its parents' garage. It also has about 237,000 original miles. I say 'about' since the speedometer stopped working at 222,060 miles -- but why should you care? Because that's the mother-fucking distance to the MOON! Yes. This car has basically been driven to and PAST the freaking moon -- THE ONE IN SPACE. Why do you need to even count mileage past that point? It's pointless. Because the point is, this car has courage, tenacity, power and balls. . . balls of steel; German steel that is.

It also has the world-renown 8-cyclinder, Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection steel German-built engine under its massive hood. It is huge and was created to provide the kind of power it takes to propel this fortress on wheels to 155 MPH. Haven't been that fast? Yes you have, and you were in a JET PLANE THAT FLEW IN THE AIR.

I have personally driven this car from San Diego to Dallas on an almost non-stop road trip. The steering wheel is big, fluid and offers just enough resistance and connection to the road to give you the impression that you are not only in charge of the car, but also of your entire life's destiny. Driving it for any distance is empowering and can make you feel you can go anywhere. In fact, this car has plowed effortlessly through Death Valley, dodged falling rocks in Arizona, stared into the depth's of the Grand Canyon and climbed mountainous icy hills in Colorado.

It also has spontaneously raced against a 2008-ish 7-series BMW one very late night somewhere along the North Dallas Toll Road. Neither car received a ticket but one car and driver received an embarrassing loss and lesson in total emasculation avoidance: spoiler alert. . . it wasn't the Mercedes.

As for its recent history, this 560 was treated for minor dents and flawlessly re-painted with the classic factory 'Mercedes Blue' in 2011. The body is tight and doors, windows and the trunk all shut solid. The tires were also replaced and aligned in 2013 with 205/65R Pro Continental. It has the original stunning chrome wheels as bright, stylish and reflective as Justin Bieber after a week in rehab. The gaskets, hoses, and belts have been replaced along with a full tune up, including plugs, and new head gasket. The radiator has been flushed, sealed and re-filled along with a fresh injection of Mercedes engine oil. In 2011, the universal lock system was repaired along with the brake pads and lights. Up to this writing, it has been stowed away safely in the VIP section of a basement-parking garage.

One of the most outstanding features of this car is that it starts -- anytime, anywhere. Whether it's 105* or -5*, F the car's engine turns over and roars to life with one simple twist of the key. There's no fumbling, cranking, pumping the pedal, stalling or waiting for the zombies to come and kill you. Fact: This car would NEVER be featured as a get-away-car in a zombie horror film because it would get you away from whatever is trying to eat, dissolve, melt, vaporize, mate, shoot or kill you.

Speaking of films, this model shares a heritage of fame and well-deserved celebrity. It is no accident that the 560 SEL was featured in "Lethal Weapon 2" because it IS A LETHAL WEAPON of power and timeless style. This may also be a good time to point out the car made its appearance in "Die Hard: With a Vengeance" because that's exactly what this automobile does... it DIES HARD, which is why it showed up AGAIN in "LETHAL WEAPON 3". Are you getting it yet?? This is all to explain why the 560 SEL was more likely to be fitted with after-market bulletproof glass and armored body panels than ANY OTHER CAR IN THE WORLD. Oh, Did I mention the back seat has a RELCINE mode? Well, grab a Cuban cigar and glass of Macallan 25-year old scotch because IT DOES.

Does the 560 use a bit of gas when you hit the pedal? Does Mayor Rob Ford do heroin?! Of course it does! Highway mileage may hit 15 MPG if you're lucky and not towing an 18-wheeler, an ESPN Satellite truck or small house (WHICH IT CAN DO). But the trade-off for drinking premium gas like an SMU sorority pledge who just lost her promise ring at a keg party, is the acceleration and speed you'll feel as you leave a carbon footprint the SIZE OF COWBOYS STADIUM!

Now, the argument against that Leo DiCaprio Greenhouse gas nightmare is the redesign of the S-class and that it gave this model a drag coefficient of 0.36 increasing its aerodynamics by 10%. You probably don't know what any of that means and I really don't either but it sounds AWESOME. And with you, your kid, your wife and a mid-sized dog, and a full tank of gas, you'll weigh in over 4,200 lbs. That's 2.5 Mazda2's, 17 Vespas or one white adult male Rhino. Here are other facts you'll want to memorize and throw out to the multitude of gawkers gazing at your remarkably handsome vehicle as you fill up at gas stations around the planet. . .

- 5,160 mm in length -- because size matters
- 5.5 litre, 5547 cm engine -- dude, that's heavy
- 300 PS / 295.5 bhp / 220 kW @ 5000 rmp -- this means intense power
- 455 Nm / 336 ft. lb / 46.4 kgm @ 3750 rpm -- this means serious torque
- 0 -- 60 mph in 7.10 seconds -- faster than a Smart Car zipping down the Double Black Diamond slopes in Vail, Colorado in the middle of an avalanche.

At this point, I'd like to mention that 'torque' has nothing to do with the 'urban definition' as frequently referenced in Comedy Central's "Workaholics"... although racing 130 MPH down a car-less, and careless highway at 3:00AM may give you a hard-on.

The car also has the world's first seatbelt 'pretensioners'. What the hell is that, you ask? It was the first-ever seatbelt device that kept pretentious occupants from flying through the windshield in case of an accident. Come on. It was the premiere S-Class car. "S" as in "shit-kicker" and "stallion" and any other "s" word you can think of that giveS thiS car the reSpect it damn well deServeS!

On this particular model, the AC works as long as you fill it with Freon each and every freaking summer. Alternatively, I'd suggest dressing cool and opening up the huge sunroof to let God's air cool you down. Seersucker is a very cool fabric and a dripping of timeless style AND it looks smashing with this car. During the winter, prepare to warm the flesh off your buns with the seat warmers, which are tucked underneath the blue, aged leather seats. Yes, the leather is worn, old and cracked. But so was James Coburn's face when he won a FUCKING ACADEMY AWARD in 1997 for 'Affliction'!

I almost forgot! The 560 SEL was designed by Bruno Sacco -- classified as one of the greatest designers in automotive history! Look at his face and you'll see sheer genius that instilled FEAR in other European car manufactures.

This particular car even comes with its own German mechanic who knows the car as intimately as Tommy Lee knows Pamela Anderson. He's also handsome and speaks with an accent that is hard-to-place but would charm the DKNY pantsuit off your mother. His number and contact will be made available after purchase. What transpires between he and your mother is out of my control. Just be prepared to accept a giggly collect call from Milan or Dubai.

Still not convinced you need to own this magnificent piece of highly refined German machinery? For less than the price of a new iMac, you could be cruising down (or up) I-35 with the windows down and cranking Starship's "Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now" track (BTW: #5 on Billboard's Top 100 List in 1987) as the dusty wind from the 635 construction project whips through your hair. Oh and as long as it's on your iPod or iPhone because the original Becker Stereo doesn't work. In fact, it needs work on the interior and some other minor odds and ends. If I were to keep it, I'd immediately get back to restoring it. But I'm out of room for cars and I'm having a fight with my wife.

One of the LAST reasons you should own this car is that famed actor / director John Frankenheimer (who personally drove John F. Kennedy to the Ambassador Hotel on that fateful day AND screen tested to play James Bond in "Dr. No.") owned, loved, washed and raced the 560 SEL.

I've driven this car with untold delight and it has been unbelievably reliable and a conversation piece that has led to and even developed into new friendships. As for you... You now have now been presented the gift to write the next chapter. Be the envy of young and old, rich and poor, drug dealers and web developers. This amazing road yacht can be yours for the small price of $2,750 in cash, Bitcoins or Gold medallions. Don't wait because someone WILL buy this car and drive it PAST the Moon and onto MARS.

If you've read this far, then call me to view and purchase. You won't regret it. I'll even throw in a pair of Brook's Brothers Seersucker shorts.
  • Location: north dallas

Monday, February 24, 2014

New Post - New Order

What do you say when you pull a page out of your memory and plaster it in the world.  Not sure, but dedicated to TW.



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Brewery Open House

This is the first year that breweries on this side of the state have participated in the Washington Beer Commission sponsored Open House day, so today we are doing tours at 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.  Please stop in, have a beer and get a tour of the brewery.

For more info, our FB event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/809911229022972/.

This is a unique / once-a-year opportunity provided by the Washington Beer Commission to:
-GRAB YOUR FRIENDS and make a day of it
-HEAD OUT to a new neighborhood or town you’ve never visited
-LOOK AROUND your local brew house
-SNEAK a PEEK at the cellar tanks
-MEET the BREWERS behind some of your favorite WA brews
-SAMPLE their unique fermented creations
-TWEET your trip > #WAbeerOH or > @RiverCityRed
-POST PICS > our FACEBOOK page

River City Brewing will be doing brewery tours at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm where you can meet the brewer, learn about the beer making process, and try out one of our upcoming beers before anyone else!

The Washington Beer Commission and River City Brewing remind you to drink responsibly.  Designate a driver or take public transportation.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wanna a Keg for an Event? Emily Will Tell 'Ya How.

It is a known fact that a large portion of the population like to drink beer. Beer has also been known to be a great icebreaker in a number of different situations. It brings people together and usually helps make for interesting conversations and evenings.  Being producers of this delicious and sought after beverage, we are constantly being asked about donating beer, and occasionally about selling beer, to a variety of events in our community. In the last year, we have been happy to supply a number of kegs to different functions ranging from fundraisers for pregnant teens and life saving blood drives, to larger community events like the Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival and Powderkeg Inlander Brew Festival, and we have sold many kegs to individuals who are having a wedding, a party or just want to have a good weekend with friends.

 Every time we are approached about kegs for events, there are always a number of questions that we have to ask regarding the event to decide which route to take in the way we supply the keg. As time has gone by, we’ve come to realize that not everybody knows the all the details regarding the legalities of beer. What? You mean you haven’t read the entire Washington State Liquor Control Board website outlining all of Washington liquor and tobacco laws and regulations? Get with the program people! Well if you don’t have the 2 years, 7 months, 11 days, and 18 hours it takes to completely read and understand all of the different regulations surrounding beer, wine, spirits and tobacco in the State of Washington (or in our case, have a part-time lawyer on the team who is relatively up to date on most of these things), we thought we might be able to help out a little. What we are about to explain pertains to only us (we’re selfish like that) and about the ways to go about getting a keg from us. We’ll use four different scenarios that are the most common.
                
The first is a fundraiser for a non-profit organization. The key word there for us is “non-profit”. The only time we are allowed to 100% donate a beer to a fundraiser is if it is backed by a 501(c)(3) or a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation or association. Even though that sounds extremely specific, there are actually a large number of non-profits that are doing different fundraisers and they are all looking for a way to involve more of the community. Something that has been used to draw more people in has been by including beer in their events. For these events, the organization must acquire a Special Occasion License from the liquor control board (http://liq.wa.gov/licensing/special-occasion-licenses), which allows the sale of drinks by the glass, but is only offered to non-profits.  We donate kegs to some events and we sell kegs to others at a non-profit rate.  The non-profit then has the choice of offering drink tickets as part of the admission/ticket price or selling beer by the glass to raise funds.

The second scenario that comes up for us regarding our kegs is an event where an organization wants to buy the beer and then turn around and sell it to the public. Unless the venue that these events are being held currently hold a liquor license (more specifically, a liquor license that allows draft beer to be poured), the organization would need to hire a caterer who is licensed to sell alcohol at events. The proceeds must go directly to the caterer, not the sponsoring organization. The only way to not involve a caterer is to get a Banquet Permit from the Liquor Control Board (which we’ll talk about next). Our involvement in this situation is minimal. Because the event isn’t backed by a non-profit organization, we are not allowed to donate the beer or participate in the event unless it is a beer-tasting event.

We already started to mention the third situation when we talked about getting a Banquet Permit instead of a caterer for an event. A Banquet Permit does not allow an organization to sell alcohol for their event, but instead is for a private function where alcohol is provided to the guest for free or as part of the admission. A banquet permit is not available for events that include alcohol sales to the public or are advertised to the public.  In other words, if you have having an event at a private venue, your office building, etc., this is the permit available for you. So for this third scenario, you need to purchase a Banquet License as well as the kegs.
                
Last but not least, the fourth scenario, which is most common, is keg-to-go sales. That would be you and your friends having a group of friends together for a wedding, at your house for a football game, a birthday party, or just a great Saturday night. In this instance, you’d just call us to reserve a keg, come in and fill out a “Keg Registration Declaration and Receipt” sticker that we get from the Liquor Control Board, fill out a “Keg Contract” ensuring us you will prevent underage drinking, prevent over-service, and return the keg and any other equipment in the same condition as you got it. After that, you’re good to go!

Every situation is a little different, and there are tons of rules that apply to each scenario, but hopefully this helped shine some light on the in-depth, often confusing, sometimes irritating, world of beer to go.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Social Media / Internet / Overload / The The

I was pondering a bit today.  It was an accident and I shouldn't have been so careless as to just be pondering, but there you have it.  It happened and I can't go back and change it.  During my pondering it occurred to me today that I have been consuming so much social media, so much internet "news", so much from various electronic screens, that it had filled my mind and hadn't left enough room for my own thoughts.  You would think that the fire-hose of information, from vital to banal, would lead to lots of thoughts, but it didn't work that way for me.  Too easy to consume one more interesting tidbit than to contemplate the last one.  But now, with spring in the offing, it's time for another cycle to begin and the prior one to end.

How does that relate to the videos below from The The?  It doesn't.  And even though "This Is The Day" repeats the line, "Today is the day your life will surely change," it was a happy coincidence.  Why is this song here?  Because it popped up on my iPod playlist and it reminded me of several entertaining conversations I had with a friend somewhere in the 1985-1988 time period.  That makes me as old as f___, as the kids say today, but it doesn't make it less true.  Also, for one more point in the life satisfaction column, I called that friend a couple of weeks ago and we talked about a completely different series of funny conversations that we had in about that same period.

And that paragraph leads me to one more pondering.  I have to think that if I'm lucky enough to be remembering anything another 25 years on, I don't think it will be a funny internet meme we were laughing about or anything trending on a Twitter hashtag; I think it will be about funny conversations and experiences I have on a bike ride, over a pint of beer, on a trip, working on a project or while I'm sitting around with friends.

More of that please.

Until, enjoy something that reminds me of something that I have enjoyed for a long time - friends and funny conversations.


And another one, that has less meaning to me, but I love the piano (you have to stick with it, it doesn't come in until almost 3 1/2 minute mark).

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Greenbluff Circuit Race - June 7, 2014

The River City Red Cycling Team, ably led by Race Director Brad Hamby, is putting on a challenging circuit race on Saturday, June 7.  The official race flyer is below and can be found, along with updates to the flyer itself and additional information at the tab above (http://rivercityred.blogspot.com/p/greenbluff-circuit-race-june-7-2013.html). 

Whether you have always wanted to see a bike race, come out for your first ever bike race, or you are one of the legendary racers already plying the inland races already, we hope you will come out to the beautiful Green Bluff area and join us.  It WILL be fun.

PS - Click on flyer to make it larger.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Need a Lawyer?

This commercial ran in local markets in Georgia during the Super Bowl.  I would add comments, but it really speaks for itself.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Truly Amazing

Publicity stunts usually have a greasy exploitation feel to them.  Even when they are entertaining, there is still the feeling they are trying to trick you into liking something that you shouldn't (Anybody watch the Bud Light commercials during the Super Bowl? - You know what I mean, right?).

Last year's skydive from space by Felix Baumgarnter was sponsored by Red Bull and was clearly a publicity stunt; a very, very expensive one at that.  However the whole thing was fascinating to me and dang impressive.  They have just released more Go Pro footage of the jump and it's worth watching.  As he falls through the upper atmosphere, it is surreal to see how little movement there is in his clothing.  He is moving a few hundred miles per hour and his clothing is perfectly still.  He passes 800 mph (yes, 8-flipping-hundred mph) but it's when he is closer to 200 mph in denser atmosphere that he talks about "hauling ass".  Really fascinating.