In this episode we are joined by Mary Struckhoff Transylvania University’s Senior Associate Athletic Director, but before she was that she spent 20 years as a D I,II and III basketball official, in addition to working as a the National Coordinator for NCAA Women’s Basketball Officiating. In other words, she knows a lot about NCAA basketball officiating and how it works and we have a great conversation about it. Also she brought Jell-O shots, which just makes her even more amazing. Find out how Carrie got completely punked by Taco Bell on April Fools Day, we make our picks for the NCAA tournament final and play a very sports light game of Take It or Leave It. If you wanted to know how officiating in college basketball works, this is the episode for you! Even if you didn’t you should still listen, you just might learn something.
The Sharin’ beer this week’s comes from local Lexington brewery, Blue Stallion. Blue Stallion makes Ya Damn Skippy the most delicious peanut butter porter on the planet, but until they start bottling that we tried their Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout Long Time Lurker. Carrie decided to experiment a little bit with this one and serve it room temperature. This definitely changed the flavor/complexity of the beer as opposed to pouring it cold and letting it open it up. Drinking it a room temperature brought out the chocolate and vanilla notes, but also brought out the booziness a bit more. At 1 liter and 10.5% you’ll also want to share this one, unless you don’t.
In addition to bringing us Jell-O shots our guest Mary got to choose a beer from the Stanley Manor Studio’s beer fridge. She went with Tennessee BrewWorks Southern Wit. It’s a classic WitBier that’s very drinkable. Not to wheaty, it’s got a nice orange flavor to it and Mary who is a big fruit beer fan really enjoyed it. We’re not saying it’s a fruit beer, but it checks all the boxes of a Wit, so there is some orange flavor to it.
Leigh really enjoys the White Claw spiked seltzer, so when Carrie saw this she thought Leigh might also enjoy it. Truly makes a variety of flavors of their Spiked & Sparkling water, the one Leigh had this week was the pomegranate flavor. Leigh was not a huge fan of this one, it smelled like an alcopop beverage that you probably drank at high school parties. Despite the smell the flavor actually wasn’t sweet, but Leigh’s biggest complaint was that it was too carbonated. She may be open to trying other flavors, but in our opinion if you want spiked seltzer go with White Claw.
Everyone is super excited that we can now buy Yuengling in Kentucky, so Lauren decided to check out their Black & Tan. Traditionally a black and tan is a layered beer so there was some skepticism as to whether or not it being mixed in a bottle would actually effect the overall black & tan flavor or experience. Even though we all love Yuengling and Yuengling Light, Lauren was not a fan of the black & tan. It’s flavor just wasn’t distinct nor similar to a black & tan. If you are going to drink a black & tan you probably want to get it on draft in a bar that serves them.
Carrie’s pick this week was chosen strictly for the label. Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger. The name and the bottle art work alone makes you want to buy this beer. Luckily it’s not just the name and the art work that is awesome, the beer an American Pale Ale is really pretty delicious. Not hoppy or bitter, this beer has a very smooth, refreshing almost hint of orange flavor on the backend. Buy it for the name and the label but stay for the beer.