There are certain topics that I refer to as “No Win Topics.” There is no way that anybody listening will change their minds, regardless of how right, how brilliant, how different or even how wrong my position and discussion might be. These topics are a waste of time not because they aren’t important, but because there is simply no way that anything will happen except for pointless arguments that will go nowhere and achieve nothing. Continue reading

A Touch of Pneumonia

Hillary’s doctor claims that she has pneumonia, which led to her “medical episode” at the 9-11 Memorial over the weekend. Every single medical professional that I personally have asked about it has scoffed at the idea. Granted, that’s not a lot of people, but something tells me that there is more to this than pneumonia.

Why does it matter?

Soon – if not already – the memes will begin about how this all a plot to allow Obama to remain in office past January of next year. To maintain order, you see. There will be AHT’s* and whispers about how he ordered the DOJ not to indict her because he knew all about this and that she wouldn’t last long. So get her elected, poof she’s incapacitated and – voilà! – he gets to stay President!

Mind you now, there isn’t one shred of evidence of this, not even a hint. The logic path you’d have to follow to believe it is strewn with confirmation bias and fallacies that would make Alex Jones’ head spin. Believe me, there are already people out there who believe this.

So what can reasonable and logical people do in response? Look, I’m no fan of Obama – or Hillary for that matter – but can they really be plotting to take over the country by sacrificing her to Moloch and establishing an empire?

Of course not.

We start where we should always start, with the Constitution. What we learn here will illuminate the path on which we should walk. We might not like it, but at the end of the day, this very scenario has already been considered and arrangements have already been made.

If it even happens.

After all, it could just be a touch of pneumonia…. right?

*Aluminum Hat Theories

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Apple Brandy Barrel Noir

On this audience-participation episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, prairie_apple_brandy_barrel_noir_copy-copyScotsman and Drew talk about why anyone in their right mind would brew an oyster stout. (Turns out 21st Amendment would!)

They also hit up some beer news concerning Stone Brewing, BrewDog out of Scotland, and talk about some upcoming breweries opening in Sacramento.

The guys also crack a VERY special show beer in the Prairie Artisan Ales Apple Brandy Barrel Noir! Oh man…they were impressed and floored by the quality of this amazing beer.

Next time Patrick gets some, you NEED to drop the cash and pick up a bottle or 4! (If Patrick doesn’t limit you.) Seriously…an amazing beer.

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C’MON, Get Happy!

The biggest problem with the whole Colin Kaepernick controversy isn’t just that it exists at all in the first place.

4779543Put aside for the moment the internet debate over whether he is a dirt bag or a Muslim or a Cop hater or a pussy whipped boyfriend of a radical BLM Activist. Put aside the arguments that he “has a right” to take a stand for what he believes and that men and women have died for his right to do so.

All of those arguments have their place I suppose, but like every other argument in today’s world, they won’t change anybody’s mind. Not one. Nobody looked at the opinion article you posted or your meme and said to themselves, “Hey, that’s right! I’ve taken the wrong position on this whole issue all along and I should change my mind!” Continue reading

Dave’s Vote

Dave’s tries to reason through for whom he should vote in 2016 Presidential Election. It’s not as easy as voting for somebody because of who they are not.

_89592907_compositeIn looking at the three major Candidates for President, there isn’t a whole lot that Dave can find redeemable in any of them. from Hillary’s basic greed for power to Trump inexplicableness, to Johnson’s… well.. whatever it is that he is about, it’s really difficult to see any of these three people occupy the same office as some of the greatest Americans in history.

So, what does Dave actually think about each of the Candidates and what are his issues with them? Does Dave know who it is for whom he will vote?

Will he tell you for whom to vote? Isn’t that the same thing as an endorsement? And if Dave doesn’t do endorsements, how can he tell you for whom to vote?

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Mighty Whitey of Us

Whitey makes his triumphant return on the Ale Evangelist Show, and Drew dips into the Beer Closet!

This show explores important topics like…Is is really ok to like crappy beer? What does the Scotsman’s homebrew taste like? What is an Oktoberfest beer? Why does Alabama want the personal information of anyone who buys beer directly from a brewery?

14087548_10209973717281385_1348204080_o_croppedTo console themselves over this violation of civil liberties, Drew busted out a 4 year old Speedway Stout from Alesmith, a 4 year old 395 Double IPA from Mammoth, and the guys try a tasty new Mango Session ale from Ballast Point. More hilarity, as you’ve come to expect from Whitey.

All this and a MASSIVE taplist from the California Craft Beer Summit on this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show.

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Proxima Centari

The exploration of the universe is, in my lifetime, the most fascinating science there is. Look, I love most of the sciences, especially paleontology and archaeology, but it is the space sciences that push the boundaries of human existence and meaning.

cold-desert-proxima-centauri-1200x638-1024x544Late last week rumors began to leak that scientists would announce soon that they had “found a new Earth!” Nothing could be further from the truth, but that would not stop the headlines and breathless exclamations to the effect that soon we would be settling the planet found orbiting Proxima Centauri.

In the fifty years since Star Trek and the moon landings, the absolutely certain belief that life must be ubiquitous throughout the universe has grown tot he point where nobody  in a casual conversation believes otherwise. And yet there is absolutely zero evidence for such a belief. Trust me on this though, if you say that in polite company, you’ll be considered the whack-o.

More and more however, it’s starting to become clear that there is something seriously off in the math that concludes that life is everywhere. By all reasonable interpretations of the science, we should have discovered firm evidence of extra-terrestrial life by now. But we haven’t. Still, we cling to the believe that it’s there, so there must be something wrong with our methodology.

Why are we so afraid of having our faith shaken to its foundations? How does man’s destiny change if the universe isn’t full of intelligent life? Or if it is?

At the end of the day, our nature is to explore, to discover and to find.

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Lochte’s Loosiana

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? - Season 2013If you went solely on the basis of headlines, the most important story since the O.J. Simpson trial is clearly the Ryan Lochte Incident. what would possess a reality TV star to “embellish” his story about being robbed at gunpoint in the one city on the planet outside Chicago where this is most likely to happen is anyone’s guess, but probably related to the fact that most people had come to believe that he had died or worse – faded from the public’s eye.

But when it comes to wanting to be in the public eye, who is more whoreish than a President or Presidential Candidate with a natural disaster happening?

This whole thing would be a lot more believable if… and that’s one gigantic if… we didn’t all remember previous natural disasters unleashed on the planet because G-d is mad at one side or the other and the presence or lack thereof of Presidents and Presidential wanna-be’s.  Or if there were any actual press coverage of this particular natural disaster. Of course, that would mean that the media would have to stop chasing the latest on the Lochte and go to West Virginia or Louisiana, which – let’s face it – would mean giving up a fun nightlife and a breathtaking report on the Rio Tourist Police latest presser describing how the dirty American has dissed Brazil… again. As if the Simpsons hadn’t already covered that.

Now we are told that there is a very good reason why only Trump has gone to Louisiana. And in truth, the reason is correct. But… there’s a really big problem with the reason. And the reason is why we’re getting more Lochte than actual, you know… news.

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The Zymatic Inquisition

Drew returns on this excessively fun episode of the Ale Evangelist Show.

13938103_658045444348396_494319116768690535_oIs the Zymatic really brewing, or are people just being sticks in the mud? Learn about the crap that beer snobs say and what they really mean.

Find out what beers are being released in the next month or so, and find out whether the craft beer industry is still growing.

All this, a packed beer calendar, and a summary of what all is happening at the California Craft Beer Summit this year on this fun-packed episode of the Ale Evangelist Show.

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