Awesome Totally Awesome Hoppily Ever After

Hoppily Ever After: The Evolution of Craft Beer From Hipster Beards to Fruity Beers

Who doesn’t like a nice, cold beer on a hot day or even a cold day, for that matter? There are only two types of people who don’t like beer; weirdos and toddlers. On the other side of the spectrum are the beer geeks or craft beer enthusiasts and since I am one, I prefer the latter.

Craft beer has been a steadily growing part of American culture since the early 2000’s. At first the craft beer renaissance was a beacon of hope for those of us who wanted to class up their alcoholism, but in the past few years things have taken a turn. It used to be a small group of us slightly chubby, but adorable men in every city, walking into local pubs and asking sophisticated questions like, “What do you have on tap”, “Are the new seasonal brews in, yet” and the ever popular “Can I get that in a tulip glass”… After a few years, the craft beer culture really took hold and my people were in our glory for quite a while and then it happened. It became mainstream.

Once something becomes popular, someone inevitably starts the ball of idiocy rolling and ruins it for everyone. This time, it was the young people. Pubs were now filled with college students drinking IPAs, not because they enjoyed them, but because it was cool. Bars filled with Greek lettered sweatshirts, unfortunate haircuts and high-fiving morons were taking over the scene. Luckily, craft beer started to become expensive and therefore eliminated the “I got wasted for five dollars” college crowd.

Then it was time for the beards to take over. First, it was the nicely trimmed beards of businessmen and the upper crust, then the beards along with the alcohol content started to increase in size. A beard’s size is now in direct correlation to the craft beer consumption and knowledge of its owner.

This trend was ok, because it didn’t effect the quality of the product, but then like everything else we men hold dear, the ladies stepped in and changed everything.

Yep, once the ladies got involved, everything was turned upside down. Craft brews always came in a variety of flavors and styles. That should have been enough, but noooooooo. Now we have fruit in our beers, food and beer pairings, gluten free beer, organic beer and beer stores, so you can buy a six pack of your favorite brew, take it home and spend more time with your family.

That last one makes the most sense. Family time should always be supplemented with heavy alcohol consumption. ladies have given us peanut butter beer, chocolate beer, wine infused beer, beer cocktails and the list goes on…. While it is still more tolerable than the yellow, fizzy, piss water that the huge popular breweries pump out on a daily basis, it’s just not the same.

The only solace I can take from women getting into craft beer is that now giving my girlfriend a six pack of super hoppy pale ale counts as a bouquet of flowers.

Awesome Totally Awesome - Freaks & Weirdos Boutique
ATA - DTK

Awesome Dropping

Awesome Totally Awesome - For Those About To Rock

Making For Those About To Rock ... A Burden to Bear For AC/DC

When you're tasked with following up one of the greatest rock records ever made, you know it won't be easy.
Awesome Totally Awesome

I am Light

I am light. I am the light of my soul. I am beautiful. I am bountiful. I am bright. I am. I am. Say this out loud. Does it sound like bullshit to that inner voice?

Grails - Photoshoot Featuring @ymanibarbee and @adore.eu #supreme and Technics X Marvel

Ymani and Natalie are straight dimes wearing streetwear grails by Supreme and Technics x Marvel.

Awesome Features

Awesome Totally Awesome - Something Profound

SOMETHING PROFOUND

/
It's the reason why people sit through funerals, attend weddings, wait expectantly outside delivery rooms—that unnamable presence that accompanies death and birth and the consummation of love. They're all hoping for a glimpse at the infinite. They're all looking for something profound.

My Love/Hate Relationship With #Supreme - Photoshoot with @ymanibarbee @adore.eu and Essay

/
Like it or not, Supreme will always be the litmus for streetwear.  For old streetwear heads like me, there continues to be a love / hate relationship with Supreme.  About a year ago, I was driving home from work and one of the neighbor kids (usually dressed head to toe in Pac Sun or even worse, Dallas Cowboys gear), cruised by me, riding a Razor scooter, with a mohawk helmet, wearing a Supreme box logo hoodie.  I lost concentration and almost drove my car into the kids playing basketball in the driveway a few houses up.
Awesome Totally Awesome - Supreme Box Hoodie Legit Check 101Four-Pins

Legit Check 101 Supreme: Box Logo Hoodies

The Supreme Box Logo (“BOGO”) Hoodie is one of the most iconic and sought Supreme pieces year in and year out. We’re here to provide you with a basic checklist that should apply to any BOGO Hoodie within the past 10 years.

Awesome Trending

Awesome Totally Awesome Replaced My Bumper

I Replaced My Bumper: A Tale of Avoiding Trendy Plastic Surgery

My formative teen years did not involve the ever-present smartphone of today, but the media still found ways of consistently feeding me the image of “the perfect body.”

How Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking Almost Did Not Get Recorded

One of the most significant albums of the 1980s, Jane's Addiction's seminal Nothing's Shocking, almost didn't get recorded. While the album turned out to be so influential to alternative music and the beginnings of grunge, the band that went into LA's Eldorado Studio to record it nearly broke up during production.

Five Most Underrated Van Halen Songs with David Lee Roth

With David Lee Roth on vocals, the original Van Halen produced six phenomenal albums from 1978-1984.