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  1. Deschutes' Pacific Wonderland Lager https://www.deschutesbrewery.com Citrus, floral and herbal hop flavors, with a delicate malt body and crisp, clean lager finish. Alcohol Content: 5.5% Color: Bright Gold Bitterness Units (IBUS): 40 Hops: Hallertau Herkules, Hallertau Mittelfruh, Tettnang Mandarina Yeast: Lager Malts: Pilsner Not On My Oregon Itinerary As you know from my, albeit brief, on the road post last week, I am just returning from a road trip to Oregon. It was a lightning strike of a trip, spending just enough time up there to speed-taste the four downtown breweries in Corvallis, and to watch my son's all-star rugby win the varsity division. If that's not a photo of pure joy, I don't know what one is. And yes, that's my son in the air having kicked the tournament-winner. Proud poppa interlude aside, one city in Oregon barely gets you started on all of the great beers that the state has to offer. Portland alone crushes the beer offerings of many other states, or even a few states combined. I guess if it rains that much, one had better find something fun to do indoors. After my first choice is finished, I'd have 23.5 hours to brew as well. OK, 23.75 hours. I think that sometimes I forget about Deschutes. It's a great brewery, but it's been around so long that I overlook it. The beer is great, but I overlook it because it's not the newest and coolest. I was recently tasked with buying beer for my mother-in-law's birthday party. In this situation, I typically go mixed multi-pack. That way there should be something for every taste. After the first pull of Black Butte Porter, I remembered how much I like this brewery. When I checked Pacific Wonderland Lager in Untappd, I found out that I had not even had that one before! New Brew Thursday here we come. DRINKABILITY: Totally Lagers are so refreshing when done right. They are not always “done right” because they are actually much harder than ales to brew. Temperature control and water purity are the big issues. Ales can hide a whole bunch of flaws that would make lagers undrinkable, or at least nasty tasting. Pacific Wonderland Lager (PWL from no on) is a great tasting lager. It has the bit of crisp from the pilsner malt, but doesn't have the pilsner's biting finish. It's got more body than the usual trash-in-a-can American lagers though, you know who you are. Refreshing in the NorCal heat for sure. GOLFABILITY: Glass is only flaw Golfability is a two-fold category. First, would you enjoy drinking this as you play, and second, would drinking this put the stink eye on your golf performance. At 5.5%, PWL is a lock for loose, but not loaded golf. Plus, it does taste great and refresh. If this came in cans, I'd probably be buying it by the case for golf. I've never broken a bottle that I've taken to the course, but that No Glass thought just can't be shaken. For some reason, I abide by it more with 12oz bottles more than 22oz-ers. Seems backward as the big one is way more glass... Buyagainability: Multiple-Multipacks I bought the first mixed 12-pack for the party, and then I bought the other one for me. Probably another in the future too. How can you go wrong with Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Fresh Squeezed IPA, and PWL. Deschutes makes excellent back-up beers. Not in the way that if nothing else is there, choose this. More like how an excellent rhythm guitar player can keep the song tight when the lead goes off into crazy solo territory. Their year-round releases are just flat out solid. Obviously, I need to drink more of them! BTW, yes, that is a daybed in the background of the first photo. First summer with it in the backyard. There is no better nap setting. Beware, you won't get anything done for the rest of that day as soon as you enter the nap cycle.
  2. I have no hope in hell of listing this First putter I had was an old Odyssey Rossie 2. First milled one was Cleveland VP Milled #2, First small shop custom was a Byron Morgan 007 ASS. Then insert about 200 putters, maybe more. Current gamer is the Bettinardi ZomBee BB0.
  3. Short story for Corvallis, OR Four breweries downtown. All excellent. Flat Tail Block 15 Sky High Oregon Trail Probably leaning Block 15 as the fave for beer, but the rooftop patio at Sky High kills. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  4. Taking the show on the road tomorrow. Driving up to Corvallis Oregon for a weekend rugby tournament. I'll post what I find brewery-wise here and on twitter https://twitter.com/golfspy_dave There are at least three excellent breweries in town. Sky High may have the best patio ever. Whole roof is open! Stay tuned.
  5. not sure that fixed it. Now I see nothing... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  6. couple of weeks is fine. Usually buy five at a time and smoke through them fairly quickly. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  7. I can't help you with the big one, but I love the Xikar travel humidor for the course. https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/18920-daves-take-xikar-travel-humidor/
  8. The summer cold had one benefit. [emoji855] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  9. I Love the US Open If you are anything like me, you are now coming down off of a thirty-hour golf TV binge. I love the US Open. I look forward to the brutality of the course, and how the best in the world rise to the challenge, hitting shots better suited to the Marvel Universe than our own. I relentlessly watch this tournament year after year, and I'd rate this US Open as one of the best. To be precise, it's my second favorite US Open. My favorite US Open was the 2010 tournament at Pebble Beach. I rank that one first because I was there. It was amazing to watch the pros navigate iconic Pebble, and pretty amazing too to experience the crowd swells when Tiger or Phil would flow through where we were sitting. Camping out on the 7th on Saturday was nothing but fun. I'll be there again in 2019 for sure. Prior to this weekend, I would have ranked the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines as number two. Though I'm old enough to remember some of the more historical US Open battles, I don't remember them. But I do remember one-legged Tiger and Rocco going head to head. Man that was great theater, and the golf was solid as well. After this weekend though, that battle at Torrey now ranks third. The 2017 US Open at Erin Hills has claimed my second spot, and it has nothing to do with -9 rounds, or the vicious fescue being above knee. Rather it is one simple word that causes me to reflect fondly upon this Open. That word is Beef. That's right, the number T42 finisher, Andrew “Beef” Johnston made the US Open one to remember for me. My Initial Open Mood: Bummer https://twitter.com/IrishGolferMag/status/874233193033060352 This US Open started with the infamous Kevin Na complaint/public service video about the punitive level of the fescue. I took his initial intention as pissed off rant, though he later talked about how he was just giving golf fans an inside the ropes look at the event. Rory then chimed in with something along the lines of It's an Open, hit the generous fairways. Naturally karma then caused Rory to spend too much time in the long fescue. I felt like negativity flowed everywhere leading into the tournament. Even Phil's decision to skip the tournament for his daughter's graduation was a source of saltiness for some. Overall, I took the general preliminary mood as unpleasant, and that is what made me relish and revere what I saw coming from Beef. Hopefully you had a chance to see the pre-round videos that Beef produced. They were epic instructional videos about how to play Erin Hills. Here is one about how to hit out of the sand. And another about how to deal with shots in the fescue. It's in Instagram so I can't embed the video, but it's worth the click. https://www.instagram.com/p/BVS7eZnhiyS/ Remember, this is a major tournament. People were overall pretty serious/uptight about it. Again, it was news that Phil Mickelson would go to a graduation event for his own daughter rather than play. That said, Phil wanted to play so bad that he had calculated that a four-hour rain delay could get him in the field. I'm sure that he will cherish the memories of his daughter graduating high school, but I also believe that he watched the Saturday coverage of the windless, rain-softened course and knew that he too should be out there torching it. That major-ness, seemingly shared by all of the parties involved, is why I found Beef so refreshing. There was a level of it's just a game in him that is flat out missing in the pros of today. I truly believe that Beef enjoys golf, and appreciates that his ability to make money playing this game is nothing short of amazing. His smile and attitude are infectious, and a stark contrast to the others out there grinding and grimacing. The best thing is that Beef's game is no joke. While some of the huge names in golf left Wisconsin before the weekend, Beef played Saturday and Sunday. He played well too. After Saturday, Andrew Johnston was T35, while defending champ Dustin Johnson was back with Paulina and the kids. Beef has game. Beef also stands out in the golfer crowd, and that also made the tournament enjoyable for me as a TV spectator. On a course where all of the holes seemed to look the same on TV, and many of the golfers did as well, Andrew “Beef” Johnston was unique. Not as a clownish spectacle, but rather as a man who obviously enjoys playing the game, while at the same time remains competitive. After so many years of Tiger-inspired intensity in tour pros (aka frowns), it's refreshing to see someone who still plays golf as a game. Even without the added coolness I'm getting to next, I'm all in with Beef. Beef fans need a name. Katy Perry fans are Katy Cats; Lady Gaga's, Little Monsters. Beef fans need a cool moniker too. Maybe Beef's Battalion, or The Beefy Bunch. Some name will click, and I'm in for charter fanboy membership. Back to the coolest thing ever. One of our mygolfspy.com forum members is on his way to the British Open (The Open, I know) because of the coolness of Beef, and his sponsor Arby's. Basically, during the round on Saturday, a representative of the Arby's/Beef cohort presented our member with a piece of paper saying that Beef would like him and a guest to join him for The Open. Air, hotel, and such, all covered. What did it take to win such a cool prize, he followed Beef and cheered him on. Granted, he likely drew attention to himself by out-bearding Beef. Think about this though.This contest was already in place prior to Beef playing the tournament. He and Arby's came up with the coolest unpromoted contest ever, and that's what is so awesome. “Let's pick some of the fans to fly to the UK and hang out for the Open.” Beef's scores show that he has obviously spent a great deal of time getting his game together, but his videos, and that contest also show that he has retained a sense of perspective and fun. For me, that feeling of fun was infectious, and it really made me enjoy this year's tournament. So, thanks to you Mr. Johnston. Your approach to Erin Hills, Wisconsin brought enjoyment to My Couch, California. Can't wait to follow you around the next Pebble Beach US Open in 2019. I'll get working on my beard right away.
  10. Tour of the Harley factory was so lame. Show golf. That's why we tuned in. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  11. Hopefully those were positive motivators. [emoji848] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  12. Like it. Just dawned on me that these are only $30/dozen as well. So good at that price.
  13. I'm giving this cold a couple more days with traditional medicine, then I'm going old school snake oil, aka bourbon and lemon
  14. Just got the email. Thought I would share. Here's what I thought to put on my ZStar XV balls: How about your ball? --------------------- SRIXON LAUNCHES FAST, EASY ONLINE GOLF BALL PERSONALIZATION AT SRIXON.COM HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – June 12, 2017 – SRIXON®, a global leader in high-performance golf equipment and a brand Dedicated to Improving Your Game™, has launched text personalization for golf balls on its website, Srixon.com. Now, online visitors can design their name, monogram or special message on their favorite Srixon golf ball model in a fast, easy process. Once a visitor arrives to the golf ball product page, the PERSONALIZE button allows entry of up to 17 characters of text per line, on up to three lines. Seven different text colors are available for personalization, and the site shows an example view of the text in any specified color for reference. These award-winning Srixon golf ball models are available with online text personalization: · Z-STAR (Pure White and Tour Yellow) · Z-STAR XV (Pure White and Tour Yellow) · Q-STAR TOUR (Pure White) · Q-STAR (Pure White and Tour Yellow) · Soft Feel (Soft White and Tour Yellow) · Soft Feel Lady (Soft White and Passion Pink) Srixon has two promotions featuring text personalization for each golf ball model featured above. Both promotions are happening now and valid until the end of the year: · Buy 3 dozen personalized golf balls, get 1 free dozen personalized*. · Free personalization on any dozen purchased**. For more information on Srixon golf balls, visit Srixon.com. * Not valid with any other offers. Free dozen must be the same ball type. ** Not valid with any other offers. ABOUT Srixon®: Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Srixon®, is part of the DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD family and enjoys a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. The professional staff includes players such asGraeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama, Inbee Park, as well as many others. Srixon®, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to providing "Tour-proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience playing the game of golf." For more information, please contact Eli Miller (714) 889-6441 or visit us online at srixon.com.
  15. Nothing new this week. I'm substituting cough medicine for beer, and not in the fun way. Back to the hops next week.
  16. They just launched on Kickstarter and there are some early bird pricing deals. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/647458469/ewheels-motorized-electric-golf-caddie?ref=nav_search
  17. That slim is pretty rare. I have a couple of the Fatso mallets. Great putters. Problem was that the grip sales exploded about that time and the putters got left in the dust as they moved to keep up with grip demand.
  18. Not sure why there is this debate. Just ask the course what their policy is about carts on the green. Bandon Dunes wants them on the greens for example. It's like cart path only holes for power carts. Just follow the rules of the course and all will be well. Keeping the cart off of the green will give you the space you need to fish the ball out of the cup with your putter anyway. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  19. According to the video, there is a follow mode. I'll let you know how it works.
  20. Alphard eWheels: Hands Off Your Push Cart This thing is so potentially cool that I needed to share it with you as soon as possible. I've not even had it on the course yet, that's how fresh these photos are! If you watched the video above, you know what Alphard is doing with the eWheels cart motor. Basically, you take your existing cart, remove the back wheels, and add the eWheels system to make your cart motorized, and remote controlled. You replace your read wheels with the mounting brackets. When you get to the course, open the cart, clip on the brackets to the axle, and you are good to go. Here is a look at some of the hardware. Clicgear 3.5+ mounting brackets Axles extend and retract for compact transport to course. I am super pumped to test this little thing out over the next few weeks. I'll have a detailed review on the main blog page soon after. I just wanted to let you see this one a bit early. Stay tuned!
  21. That's a cool option as well! Only weighting 1 oz is madness. Here is the link to the MTX for the curious and lazy http://www.xikar.com/products/cutters/mtx%2Dmulti%2Dtool/#
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