Salvation is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale from Colorado’s Avery Brewing Company. Colorado’s getting a lot of attention for their legalized marijuana right now, so people forget that it’s also a mecca for microbreweries. Some truly amazing craft beers come from the Centennial State (I thought Colorado had a cooler nickname than that). Anyway, I saw a bottle of Salvation at the liquor store and I had to try it. It pours a golden amber color with a thick white head that dissolves into a thin layer. It has a sweet, fruity aroma with apricot, peach, banana, cloves, nutmeg, citrus, malt, and spice. The various spice and fruit flavors carry over into the flavor of the beer. It’s kind of spicy with a bready malt backbone. You can taste hints of apricot, peach, banana, nutmeg, pepper, clove, and hops. It has an ABV of 9%, but it’s smooth, rich, and very drinkable. I would suggest it as an after dinner beer. Maybe it’s the alcohol talking, but it seems to get better with each sip. And that girl seems to be getting hotter too. Hmmmm. Maybe it is the alcohol talking, but I would get this beer again.
Critically Rated at 14/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young
American Weed is NatGeo’s reality show about the medical marijuana industry in Fort Collins, Colorado. It’s a clone of Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars. American Weed primarily follows dispensary owner Josh Stanley and his pot growing brothers as they battle an evil anti-marijuana advocate to determine the fate of medical cannabis in Fort Collins.
The show takes you behind the scenes of the industry in every way possible. You meet a few owners of dispensaries. Some, like the Stanley brothers are in the business for the love of it. They grow their own product and run their clinic with pride. They are advocates for the industry, and are politically active in the fight for legality. There are other owners like the John and Dawn Clifford. They are in the business for profit, and Dawn is super delusional and dreams of returning to an imagined modeling career if marijuana doesn’t pan out.
You meet anti-pot advocates like Scoot Randall. He is extremely active in preventing Fort Collins from going to pot. He leads picket lines and does radio and TV interviews spreading anti-weed propaganda. He stretches the truth and uses blatant lies to get his message across. He’s definitely behind the times, and its nice to see random civilians cussing him out and calling him misinformed.
American Weed spends a lot of time with patients who need weed. There is a broad age range, from college students to little old grannies, who rely on marijuana as medicine. Some people are in such chronic pain that it’s criminal to deprive them of any form of relief. If medical marijuana is banned, these are the people who suffer the most. Not the capitalists.
Some time is spent with law enforcement as they track down violators of grow laws. Most of the time they deal with people without a card growing, or someone with a card growing too much. Sometimes they deal with stupid people who grow their plants outside where kids can get at the buds. Those dumbasses deserve to get caught.
The times are a-changing. And even if Scoot Randall can’t see it, America can. More and more people are actively trying to decriminalize marijuana. The public generally sees its medicinal value. Shows like American Weed and Weed Wars are doing their part to inform people of the benefits of marijuana as a medicine and as a legitimate business industry. Do your part and watch them. Preferably while stoned.
Critically Rated at 12/17