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2012 Blog Stats

This is a thing WordPress does automatically. Thought I’d share since I didn’t actually have to provide content!

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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8-Bit Beerblog Guide to Reviewing Beer

At 8-Bit Beerblog, we recognize that brewing good beer does not happen by accident. Craft beer is born from the marriage of technical process and flavour art. We want to support the craft beer industry and its efforts, not tear it down or criticize. As such, when we review a beer we don’t use an arbitrary rating system based on a personal preference scale that is always changing.

Instead we give an open and honest appraisal of our experience at the time of drinking the brew. When we review a beer, we look at the following:

  1. Packaging: It’s the first thing that we see in the store and it influences our purchasing decisions and perception of the brew.
    For reviewing, we look at originality and attractiveness.
  2. Appearance: How does the brew look when poured? For reviewing, we look at colour, clarity, carbonation and head retention.
  3. Aroma: Taste begins with the first scent.
    For reviewing, we smell for these attributes:

    • Malts: Descriptive terms—Caramel, bread, hay, cereal, chocolate, coffee, nuts, toast, roasty
    • Hops: Descriptive terms—Resin, floral, grass, spruce, citrus, herbs
    • Yeast/Bacteria: Descriptive terms—Doughy, barnyard, cheese, basement aromas, leather, earthy, leaves
    • Other: Descriptive terms—Alcohol, banana, bubble-gum, butterscotch, clove, cooked vegetables, cough drop, ginger, licorice, raisin, rotten eggs, soy sauce, skunky, smoke, vanilla, woody
  4. Taste: What’s the first sip like?  Is it sweet, bitter or sour? Any flavour sensations across the tongue? What is the mouth-feel, aftertaste, and flavour after the beer warms?
    For reviewing we look for the presence of these flavours:

    • Acetaldehyde: Green apple-like aroma and flavour.
    • Alcoholic: The aroma, flavour, and warming effect of ethanol and higher alcohols (think vodka straight, no chaser).
    • Astringent: Lingering harshness.
    • Diacetyl: Butter, butterscotch, or toffee aroma and flavour. Sometimes perceived as slickness.
    • DMS (dimethyl sulfide): Sweet, cooked, or canned corn-like aroma and flavour.
    • Estery: Aroma and/or flavour of fruits or roses.
    • Grassy: Aroma and/or flavour of grass or leaves.
    • Light: Skunky flavour from exposure to UV.
    • Metallic: Tastes like tin, copper, or iron.
    • Musty: Stale or moldy aromas/flavours.
    • Oxidized: Stale, papery, or sherry-like aromas and flavours.
    • Phenolic: Spicy (clove, pepper, etc.), smoky, plastic or medicinal aroma/flavour.
    • Solvent: Aroma and flavours of higher alcohols. Similar to acetone or lacquer thinner.
    • Sour/acidic: Tartness in aroma and flavour.
    • Sulfur: Aroma of rotten eggs or burning matches.
    • Vegetal: Cooked, canned, or rotten vegetable aroma and flavour (cabbage, asparagus, etc.)
    • Yeasty: A bready or sulfur like aroma or flavour.
  5. Uniqueness: How well does it represent the style? Does it follow a style? Does it inspire innovation by creating its own style?
  6. Cost and availability: How much does it cost and where can it be found? Is it a fair price? Is it a limited release or a regular attraction?
  7. Summary: Our final thoughts about the brew.
  8. Achievement!: In keeping with our video game theme, we award achievements (often silly and nonsensical).

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Strange Encounters

In case you haven’t noticed, V1rgil and I (Fiddler) tend to mostly focus on the beer part of 8-Bit Beer Blog. To help re-balance that, we decided to ask our friend x StrangeLuv x if we could post a few of her gaming videos. StrangeLuv is an avid Call of Duty player, but don’t let the name fool you—she is one of the best COD players that I have played with and against. She has also taken an interest in making videos of her online adventures and a few game reviews.

x strangeluv x

She is no stranger to craft beer either! Some of her favourites include: Wheeler Peak Wheat and the Nevada Gold from Great Basin Brewery in Reno (where she’s from). She is also a big fan of Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen, and Shiner Bock.

This week we will be checking out just a couple of her videos:

  • Epic music and awesome artistic graphics in the Two Cent Arcade: Twisted Shadow Plant review
  • These ghosts in C.O.D. video will definitely have you checking over your shoulder


And, of course, if you can’t wait for us to post some more of StrangeLuv’s videos, I would highly suggest you subscribe to her Youtube channel and Facebook page to stay updated with her awesome content! Keep checking back here for more videos!

Pretty Much The Greatest Thing I’ve Ever Seen. Ever.

When Tallgrass Brewing Co. released their 8-Bit Pale Ale, it made a bit of a splash in the media and garnered much attention from the usual techno-sites. We think that the 8-Bit Pale Ale should be the official beer of this blog—how could it not be? According to the reviews, the beer is tasty and all about beer and gaming. Also, they made the following video which should be nominated for an Oscar. So, why haven’t we reviewed the 8-Bit Pale Ale? Because it’s too far away! Unfortunately, it’s not available in BC or Washington. We think someone needs to start a campaign…

 Greatest video ever made.