An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket fell back to the launch pad shortly after liftoff Tuesday night, exploding in a fireball that destroyed the vehicle and damaged its launch pad. The private spaceflight company confirmed all personnel were accounted for, and no one was injured in the mishap.

via [UPDATED] Antares Rocket Explodes Seconds after Liftoff | The Planetary Society.

Today, Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) unleashes a special box set to retailers.

The Arrogant Bastard Box Set features four different Bastards, starting with the original Arrogant Bastard that got it all started. In addition, you can build up to the worlds worst hangover by drinking Double Bastard, Lukcy Basartd Ale (a blend of Arrogant, Double, and Oaked Arrogant), and a new addition – Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale.

The Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard (the one you’re geeking out over right now), is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Only available in the Arrogant Bastard Box for a limited time.

Style: American Strong Ale, American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged. Bourbon)

Availability: 22oz Bombers. Box Set release

Arrival: 10/27/14

via Stone Unleashes the Bastards in New Box Set – Beer Street Journal.

For the lover of all-things-pumpkin, we’ve taste tested and approved The Great Pumpkin Beer Bread Recipe, designed to incorporate your favorite pumpkin beer. We tried the recipe with a traditional ale with spices, but would also highly recommend a pumpkin porter or stout if one is available, as the darker beers provide an extra layer of roasty richness.


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (we like Trader Joe’s Bourbon Vanilla Extract)

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

15 oz canned pumpkin (for more bready, less dense/chewy bread use 1/2 a can)

2 large eggs

12 oz bottle of pumpkin ale

(For a list of some of our favorites, check out The Great Pumpkin Beer Challenge article).

via Hail To The Ale: The Great Pumpkin Beer Bread Recipe.

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large ripe bananas mashed
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
very generous 1/2 cup Nutella
half bag of chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf pan and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in the banana and then beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined. Divide 1/2 of the batter into a separate bowl and stir in the Nutella.

Alternate layers of regular batter and Nutella batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips generously on the top.  Bake 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into bread comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool 10 minutes in the pan before moving to a wire rack. Let cool completely before slicing.

nutella swirled banana bread | The Dainty Squid.

beer list: week ending 10/26


mmmmmmm beer

Consumed: Cellared:
Stone Collective Distortion IPA -H Widmer Raspberry Chocolate Stout
New Belgium Hop the Pond IPA -TM Ommegang Game of Thrones
Southern Tier Zero Mile -TM
Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale -H
Sierra Nevada Spiced Stout -H Sprerkor Hard Root Beer
Stone 17th Ann. Gotterdummerung IPA -H
Sprerher Hard Root Beer -H
Founders Breakfast Stout -H

Three Taverns Feest Noel

This year, the brewery will bottle Feest Noel in 750ml bottles alongside draft this year.

FEEST NOEL is merriment in aglass—a spiced Christmas ale meant to evoke joy and mystery. Merriment is a hallmark of the holiday season, seasoning our greetings and our gatherings. This Belgian-style quadrupel uses dark roasted malts, imported Belgian dark candy sugar, and spiced accents of cardamom, allspice and cloves. Make this rich ale a part of your holiday celebration.

Three Taverns also is debuting their first barrel aged offering Heavy Bells this week.

Style: Quadrupel (w/ Cardamom, Allspice, Clove)

Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.

Arrival: November, 2014

10% ABV, 30 IBUs

via Three Taverns Feest Noel.

Drink great beer and chat with beautiful beer loving women, can’t get much better than that. Well……

Decatur Beerfest

This woman had a beer named after her

Decatur Beerfest

Just damn cute

Decatur Beerfest

Love the cheese

Decatur Beerfest

Beards & Beer

Decatur Beerfest

Cigars & Women

beer list: week ending 10/19


mmmmmmm beer

Consumed: Cellared:
Great Divide 20th Ann. Belgian -H Jekyll Off the Grid Barleywine
Terrapin Green Flash Tangerine Dreamcicle IPA -H Great Divide Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin
Southern Tier Creme Brule -H
Lagunitas Imperial Red -TM
Founders Red Rye -TM
Sweetwater Bobblehead Bob Stout, Woodford Barrel Aged -TM
Wild Heaven Civilization -TM
Jekyll Off the Grid Barleywine -H

Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) will pass within 139,500 km (86,000 miles) of the surface of Mars at 5:51 tomorrow morning (Monday 20 Oct, Sydney time – or 19 October at 18:51 UTC). This means Comet Siding Spring will pass 10 times closer to Mars than any (recorded) comet has flown by Earth! But it will be traveling at 50 km/s which is too fast to be captured by Mars’s gravitational pull.

Comet Siding Spring, Mars, and Milky Way dust (Photo by Steve Lee (AAO))

astropixie: comet siding spring and mars.

beer list: week ending 10/12


mmmmmmm beer

Consumed: Cellared:
Founders Devil Dancer IPA -H Westbrook Dark Helmet
Lagunitas Brown Shugga -H Terrapin Cuckoo Fest
Goose Island Pere Jaques -H
Founders Breakfast Stout -H
Sam Adams Rebel IPA -TM
Sierra Nevada Cigar City Yonder Bock -TM
Sweetwater Hop Hash IPA -TM
Orpheus Tablet IPA -TM
Green Flash Green Bullet IPA -TM
Clown Shoes Galactica IPA -TM
Jekyll 7 Bridges Oktober -TM
Starr Hill Sabbath IPA -TM
Jailhouse 4D IPA -TM
BeerName -TM
BeerName -TM

partly cloudycloudyUp and out in the dark, it’s a normal occurrence now. The ground was wet but dried up after the sun began to break through the clouds.

Work was a bit slow, still. Not much happening on the issue I’m working on, slow.


It’s Tuesday and the Movie Edge of Tomorrow, they oppositely renamed the movie to something like: Live, Die, Repeat. Whatever. Brian picked up the BlueRay for me.

I setup the Vixen 100mm OT and took some photos of the moon with the Df and then added the 2X converter and got a bit closer. Brian tried to give me some crap about not being able to focus on the trees about 300 yards away and then on the moon without having some sort of extra tube more than I already had.

Had a few beers and watched the movie with Brian upstairs. The sky cleared up but then about 9:30 the clouds began to roll in again.

Hoping the sky is good for the eclipse in the morning.

cloudymostly sunnySunny and clear in the am. Then it clouded up in the pm.

Didn’t get much accomplished today @ work, the upload and then DB insert all fail nicely in my VM.

the Knick

the Knick

Cooked up some wantons for dinner and then watched some TV. Watched the Knick on Cinemax with Clive Owen. Eve Hewson also is now his “Love” interest and plays a young nurse @ the Knick. Eve is the daughter of Bono from U2. Juliet Rylance plays a rich chick who helps out @ the Knick and plays an interesting racial part, as she starts seeing a black doctor she knew as a child and got hired @ the Knick. Both of these lovely ladies have had a few very steamy scenes in the series.
Eve Hewson, that look

Eve Hewson, that look

Drank a few beers and thought about setting up the telescope to get some photos of the almost full moon. I got as far as getting the scope opened up and then getting the prime focus adapter for the camera and then the clouds just seemed to be covering the moon mostly so I lost interest.

This beer might need no introduction. Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal Imperial Stout was released two years ago this month.

Since then, a few kegs of Barrel Aged Narwhal have made slime appearances.

Much like Barrel Aged Bigfoot, Narwhal Imperial Stout was will release in bottles later this month. Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

This beer is black as midnight and complex with layers of roasted malt flavor offering notes of espresso and dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla and honey from the barrels.

Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout was will be available in 750ml bottles.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.

Availability: 750ml bottles, corked & caged. Draft.

Arrival: October, 2014

13%+ ABV

via Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Narhwal.

beer list: week ending 10/05


mmmmmmm beer

Consumed: Cellared:
Terrapin Moonray WiezenBock -H Mikkeller Green Gold IPA
Mikkeller Hop Burn IPA -H Mikkeller Galena IPA
Lazy Magnolia Timber Best IPA -TM Mikkeller 19
Sweetwater Whiplash White IPA -TM Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin
Green Flash Road Warrior IPA -TM Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout
Jekyll Hootn & Hollern DIPA -TM
Goose Island IPA -TM
Wild Heaven Eschaton -TM
Avery Hog Heaven Barelywine -TM
Sculptin Imperial IPA -TM
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin -TM
Dogfish Head Burton Baton -TM