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The Mans Cave was a concept originated long before my time. The men in my family have always had their place of solitude where men could be men and there was no questioning. I now live the city life which means the man cave has been greatly reduced in size. That brought me to create an internet based man cave where all men can join in. Whether geek, gamer, jock, fitness, brewer, BBQ-er, or just looking for a place to read about manly news, you will find a home in the Man Cave

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Call of Duty: Elite and DS Lites for $99!

To kick off this post we'll talk about the big Call of Duty: Elite announcement!  This social network extension to the already hit serious of Call of Duty will surely send this series into the next level of gaming.  This extension will come with clip sharing, social groups, and even its own professional like season for gamers?  There are four main sections that have been revealed so far.  The first and obvious is the career page where your stats for your entire career are tracked by weapon, by map, by timeline, you name it!  There is also a connect portion which will act closely like facebook and twitter.  Here you can request to be friends with others, join groups, and share content online!  The third section serves as a simple guide on all things Call of Duty related.  This extends to weapons, attachments  almost any info.  The last part is the Compete portion.  In this area there will likely be seasonal competitions similar to sports seasons.  All these social features will be coming to Call of Duty Black Ops, and the upcoming Modern Warfare 3.

Second on our list today is the of Nintendo DS Lites going on sale for $99!  This is a $30 drop from the current price and is a desperate attempt to get those old non-3D DS's off the shelves!  If your looking for simple handheld gaming then hit up this deal while there are still some left on he shelves!

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Beer Cocktail...Wait, What???

So usually we're not one's for mixing anything into our beer, but when the temperature on the thermometer says 100, you have to cool down some way or another.  That's where this great drink comes into play!  While there are many beers out there that attempt to pull this off (Bud Light Lime, Miller Chill, Bud Michelada) the key to this drink is to start with a high quality brew.  I prefer to use my homebrewed pale ale, but a good lager, or any other lighter flavored ale will do the trick.  All you have to do is squeeze a quarter of a lime into a glass, add as many dashes of hot sauce as you would like, fill with ice, and then pour the beer over the ice! It's that simple, and the lime and hot sauce perfectly complement the pale ale while giving your mouth the refreshing smack that it needs.  Some people like to rim the glass with salt, but I skip that step.

Here's to a great Memorial Day filled with honoring the men and women that have served this country!

Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Double Beer Review: Samuel Adams Rustic Saison and Shiner Ruby Redbird

Welcome back to for another beer review!
To any of you that may be in the armed forces or served for our country at one point we just want to take a moment to thank you for your service and for helping preserve this great country.  On this Memorial Day honor those that have died defending our country in the way that veterans across the nation do; by pouring the first part of your beer on the ground to those who never made it back.

With the hot weather pouring in, we thought it was appropriate to turn our attention to beers that were made to drink during the summer months.  So fire up the grill, grab a cold beer out of the cooler, and learn about these two beers.

Samuel Adams Rustic Saison-
This beer is a part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12-pack that is currently available.  It is brewed in the farmhouse style of Belgian beers that were made by farmers to refresh them when it got hot in the summer months.  For more info on this style, check out our review on Ommegang Hennepin.  This beer poured a bright, extremely clear golden yellow.  There was a small head that formed, but it didn't stick around for long.  The aroma is lemony, peppery, and just a touch of some Belgian spice (clove) in the background.  The taste follows the aroma pretty well, and it is a remarkably crisp beer.  The flavor is slighty overwhelmed by the intense carbonation, but still a pretty good representation of the style.  At a relatively low ABV, this is a beer that you could drink a few of during the summer and not feel weighed down.   Rating- 8/10

Shiner Ruby Redbird-
I had high hopes when I found this beer on the shelf the other day.  I've always been a fan of bright citrus flavors in general, and I loved eating grapefruit growing up.  That being said, this beer sucked.  As I poured it into my glass, a razor thin film of a head quickly wore of, despite the obvious over-carbonation of this beer.  The bubbles literally look like Sprite.  The aroma is mostly ginger (which is supposed to be in the beer), with a hint of grapefruit in the background.  Very little hop or malt character is to be found.  The taste makes me think of a grapefruit flavored Sprite as well, but I couldn't get past the ginger!  I love ginger, especially in a marinade, but the ginger flavor was so overwhelming that even if there were hops and malt flavor to be found, you wouldn't be able to do so.  Unless you like carbonated ginger-grapefruit soda, avoid this beer.  Rating 4/10

Don't forget that Thursday is the deadline to get into our latest giveaway!  It's super simple, and completely free so quit wasting time!

Cheers and Happy Brewing!



eVo DEADPOOL here announcing our Pro team for the remaining 2011 MLG season! There where alot of emails, and alot of interested teams! Which made the decision a tough one. The result being eVo LEGEND STATUS!!!! So congrats to them, and we hope to accomplish alot working together. So for those who don't know of them there lead by Surive an accomplished gamer with a 6k gamebattles rank and former team NOX member. There most accomplished member is PHiiZZURP a crazy gb rank of 25th! Also very accomplished winning 50+ achievements from online tournaments to season playoffs several times. His page has over 100,000 views making him one of the most popular and better known players in the competitive gaming community. Also teaming with them former envy player DizZz-! DizZz- is also an accomplished pro placing 2nd in the old spice series while winning numerous tournaments with a gb rank of 15,773. Finishing up team LEGEND STATUS is TuQuick another winner of multiple online tournaments and a gb rank of 16k! All 4 players played in Dallas and hope with the experience and teaming with each other to place top 3 in Columbus! eVo GAMING and themanscave are happy to finally have our team and are more than ready for the success to come! Having our team will open alot of doors to the site and the team fans as we join together. So with that said expect alot of posts, videos, interviews, strats, lessons, anything to bring our team closer to there fans! So if you have any ideas, comment or post! Our team will reply directly! As we team up we hope for a great relationship with not only our pro team but the fans that follow them as well! So sign up and post! Alot more to come. Once again congrats to LEGEND STATUS! Check back for players bios and links! COMING SOON!

Friday, May 27, 2011 Grain to Glass Video Official Release Date: Sponsored By Bar and Drinker

We are excited to announce that will be releasing a Grain to Glass video that will cover everything you need to know to get into the homebrewing obsession!  The video will be sponsored by Bar and Drinker magazine; available at  This great resource for all things alcohol is teaming up with us to provide a video to you, our fans, that will start with getting the right equipment and follow the brewing process all the way to your glass.  Join us for a great time, lots of incredible information, and share the obsession.

The official release date is scheduled for July 4th Weekend.  More details will follow as the date gets closer.

Until then, check out our latest giveaway and get entered to win a free imperial pint glass.  You still have one week to get entered, so keep spreading the word!

Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Sports Highlights From May 26th


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA Video Review

We're smack dab in the middle of a great week, so we wanted to keep the great content coming your way with another video review!  This time around is another Stone beer.  We love this brewery, and as long as they keep crafting beers like the one we try in this video, we'll keep loving them!  Don't forget to get yourself submitted into our giveaway!

Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Sports Highlights From May 25th


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Video Beer Review: Left Hand Milk Stout

Welcome back for another video review! I'll be reviewing Left Hand Milk Stout in this video.  Don't forget to check out our new giveaway! It's completely free and really simple so get your top ten lists up soon.

Hope you enjoy! Cheers and Happy Brewing!

By the way, my rating for this beer is 7.5/10

Sports Highlights From May 24th & 25th


Friday, May 20, 2011

Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale Beer Review

Welcome back all! Just a quick reminder to check out our new competition and get your entries posted!  We're celebrating craft beer week this week, and we want to get all our fans involved too.  Now for the beer.

Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale- This beer is different to say the least.  It claims it is a Belgian style golden ale, and while there are some spice notes that are reminiscent of that, the rest of the beer is confusing.  The color and clarity are fantastic.  Deep golden hue, and you can pretty much see right through it.  The aroma is immediately orange, and it remind me more of a strong American Wit style than a Belgian.  The flavor is definitely orange, and some maltiness.  There is a peppery snap to the beer similar to Sam Adams Summer Ale, but this is far less balanced.  Somewhere right in the middle of the taste, there is something really strange.  It almost tastes like the beer has soured.  There is so little hop flavor in it, that I wonder if a little more hops would keep that almost rancid flavor out of the bottle.  The 8.7% ABV hides pretty well, but beyond the strong citrus aromas and flavors, there is much more to be desired for this beer.  At the price which they are putting it out there, there are far better options than this one (See Brooklyn Local #1 review).  Rating 6.5/10

This Weekend's Movies

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:

Expect some serious laughs from Johnny Depp!  This guy never fails to put on a great performance on the big screen, and this will be no exception!  On another plus side this movie will be great for the whole family to enjoy!  Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (PenĂ©lope Cruz), he's not sure if it's love-or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the "Queen Anne's Revenge," the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past.

Sports Highlights From May 19th


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sports Highlights From May 18th


Exploring the Styles of Beer: Brown Ale

When you hear the term brown ale, most people think of darker flavored beers that are best suited for the fall and winter.  However, the variety that exists within the brown ale family is so vast, that many of these beers are great for any time of the year.  Like we said with the porters, if you try one and you don't like it, don't let that experience scare you from trying another.

History: When brown ales were first brewed, the name came from the fact that they were brewed completely with brown malt. When brewers realized pale malt was much cheaper, this style practically died out. It was known to be lightly hopped and low in ABV. As the style came back into popularity, combined with an increased demand in bottled beer, the variations of the style began to expand. Most were from two families; either low hopped, sweeter, and lower ABV or significantly drier, more aggressive hopping, and higher ABV. These two descriptions still fit most brown ales.

What to Expect in a Brown Ale: the variations in the brown ale style start with the color itself. Brown ales can be anything from a deep amber to nearly black, but the typical pour results in a rich brown. Some versions can have forward hop character, but there should always be significant malts to back any hops. American versions will typically have some citrusy hop aroma and flavor. They can be either high in alcohol or relatively low, but the taste of alcohol should not be obvious. Roasty or chocolatey flavors can be in the taste and nutty flavors are sometimes added. Variations should stay within these basic outlines.

Great Commercial Examples:
Newcastle Brown Ale- The famous English brown ale. A smooth balance of earthy hops and slight nutty malt make this a good choice for branching into this style. Nothing too adventurous but a nice, solid example. Rating 7/10

Abita Pecan Harvest- Now we start to branch out a little. The base of this beer is a smooth, roasted brown ale, but with the unique nutty flavor that comes from roasted pecans.  As a guy who grew up eating pecans off the ground at my Granny's, this beer has serious appeal to me.  The nutty pecans match up well with the American hops in this beer.  Rating 8/10

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale- Now we're really getting outside of the box.  Like most of DH's offerings, this one is aggressively hopped.  The citrusy aroma and flavor of American hops boldly combat the extreme levels of malt required to balance this beer.  This beer goes great with BBQ.  Rating 8.5/10

Brooklyn Brown Ale- The reason this one is here is to give you a counter-part to the DH brown ale.  This one has little to no hop flavor or bitterness, and is my opinion, the result is a crappy beer.  There is nothing to combat the heavy malt flavor and you end up drinking something that tastes like a baker forgot to add salt or sugar to his bread.  Just serious doughy flavors without anything to balance it out.  Some people really like this beer.  I'm not one of them.  Rating 4/10

How to Brew Your Own:
The key to brewing a brown ale is to keep the base style in mind, and then make just one or two adjustments to add your touch to it.  In this example, which I just brewed last week, the addition of maple syrup adds some sweetness to help smooth the beer out.  The victory and special roast add color, and more important deep malty flavor.  The crystal is there to help smooth everything out.

Mash @ 153 degrees F:
8 lb 2-row malt
12 oz Victory malt
12 oz Crystal 60
2 oz Special Roast

60 minute boil
At the start of the boil add 1/2 lb of dark brown sugar and 1.25 ounces of Willamette Hops.

After 45 minutes, add .5 ounces of Willamette Hops.
With 5 minutes left, add .25 ounces of Willamette Hops.

Cool wort and transfer to fermenter.  Pitch either Safale US-05 or Wyeast 1056.  After one full day of fermenting, add 1 lb of maple syrup to the fermenter and stir in with a sanitized spoon.  Allow to fully ferment and sit for 2-3 weeks before bottling or moving to secondary fermenter.

Hope you guys will give this style a shot and let us know if you brew it.  Check out our Facebook page, and check back later today as we announce our new competition! 

Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sports Highlights From May 17th


Yeungling Light Beer Review

Yeungling Light- Let's start by saying this... If you are drinking a light beer you already know that you are probably sacrificing flavor. If you cut out calories, something has to be reduced to make it a lighter beer. That being said, Yeunglings Light is an exception to the common light beer. First off, it pours a nice pale amber with a decent white head. The aroma is definitely related to its big brother. It is mostly malty with a little caramel mixed in, but you won't mistake it for actually drinking Yeungling. There is some canned corn in both the aroma and flavor that is far less apparent in the older brother. Little hops are to be found, but there is some bitterness at the end. Overall it's not a bad beer in anyway, and would be great to have more than two or three during a game, but I'd prefer the original and take the few extra calories. Rating- 6.5/10

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Call of Duty: Black Ops Clips

Our Pro-Gamer eVo DEADPOOL hasn't been on in a while, but don't worry I learned from the best (eVo)!  I may not be his caliber but I certainly hold my own against some serious opponents.  In this first clip you'll see this is a Domination game I'm just simply gunning down the enemy while trying to push their spawn to a limited area while capturing the point closest to their spawn.

This clip is a straight forward Capture the Flag game.  I took the enemies flag early on and on my way back to score with it we had our taken.  I naturally tried to wait it out in a corner so I wouldn't drop their flag and let them score, but to my surprise the enemy flag carrier and teammates came after me pretty fast, but I dropped them all scored with their flag while returning ours, and topped it off with a nice pistol headshot!

Sweet (and Possibly Sour) Beer Review

I know what most of you are thinking, "Why would anyone want to drink a sweet beer?"  Well, there could be a ton of reasons, but I've found that any one of these is a good reason.  Besides, if you want to get someone into drinking beer that has some flavor, start with something like this that won't scare them away from the vast variety of beers that there are to try.  These aren't just chick drinks anymore.  These beers are just plain good.

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat- There is no doubt when you pour one of these into a glass that you are drinking a cherry beer.  The aroma is pretty much all fruit, and cherry leads the way.  Thankfully, it doesn't smell like cherry cough syrup, but more like an overripe bowl of cherries (and not the maraschino ones).  It is a deep golden color with a cloudiness that comes from it being an unfiltered wheat beer.  The taste is relatively sweet with cherries, but there is a crisp malt background that keeps this from being overly sweet.  A great beer to quench your thirst at the end of the day, but after one or two the flavor starts to overwhelm.  Rating- 7/10

Leinenkugel Berry Weiss- This is definitely one of the sweetest of the bunch, and is too sweet for my tastes, but for someone who enjoys wine coolers this could be right down their alley.  Raspberry dominates all the way, including the strange color of this pour.  It almost looks pink in your glass.  It has actually berry juice in it, which makes me think of it has a wine cooler of sorts even more.  Not my favorite, but if you or someone you know likes berry flavored soda, this one is for them.  Rating- 4.5/10

Blue Moon Belgian White-  For all of you out there that complain that this is not a beer, stop talking for a second and listen to this.  Water, barley, hops, yeast; the essentials of beer.  This one has all four.  While it may drive some beer snobs crazy to call this a good beer, there is something to be said for the consistency with which Coors puts out an offering such as this.  A nice pale orange pour that stays cloudy, the orange and spice come through immediately in this beer.  While most people like to add an orange to it, I think it is better without, as the citrus flavor is balanced by a subtle spiciness from both coriander, clove, and the yeast.  For people who want it to be sweeter, add the orange (squeeze the whole thing in and let it sink to the bottom: a nice treat when the beer is gone!).  Rating- 7/10

Magic Hat #9- This beer is my favorite from the Magic Hat Brewery.  The obvious thing about this beer when you pour it is that it is going to have some serious fruity flavors going with it.  Its mostly clear, with a light golden opagueness, and the head is white and sticks around.  Apricot and peach are what I think of when I smell it, and there is barely any hop bitterness to counter that sweetness.  A nice beer to have a couple of, or a good one to get people into craft beer.  Definitely on the sweeter side, and my highest recommendation on this list.  Rating 7.5/10

Lindemans Framboise-  This beer is a love it or hate it beer.  Personally I love it, mostly...well we'll get to why I like it.  The ABV is extremely low here, and for those who are expecting something that tastes like "beer" this is not it.  It is pleasantly sweet, and wildly sour at the same time.  I am an extreme candy-holic, especially gummy worms, and the best way I can describe this beer is to say that it tastes like those sour neon gummy worms!  If you like that flavor, pick up a bottle and give it a shot.  Or mix it with some good hard cider, like Woodchuck Amber or Pear, for a mix that helps cut the tartness.  Rating 8/10

Let us know what your favorite is!  We'll be announcing our next competition at some point on Thursday, so keep checking back and spread the word to all your friends!
Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Beer Reviews: Ommegang Hennepin and Red Brick Laughing Skull

Welcome back from another short weekend beer lovers! We've got two great beers we're going to review here as well as some big news for all of our fans.  While we are having some issues with getting the grain-to-glass video ready to go, we will still definitely be providing that great resource to you guys.  Be patient with us, and we'll keep you up to date, but for now it will not be available on May 28th.  However, in the meantime, we have three new video reviews coming your way shortly, and on top of that a great new competition with some awesome beer gear for your man cave!  So now for the beer:

Red Brick Laughing Skull Amber Ale (5.7% ABV):

From a brewery that is proud of its southern heritage comes a beer that the South should be proud to call its own.  This beer pours a nice amber color, kind of reddish, but a touch of brown to it.  It smells like a well balanced mix of yeast, bright citrus and floral hops, and rich caramelly malty aromas.  The flavor loses some of the yeastiness, which is definitely a good thing, because the interesting addition of chocolate malt gives this beer a sort of old world flavor that makes me think of cobblestone streets.  The hops are a nice balance between crisp orange and lemon flavors and the more floral flavor of Cascade hops.  Nicely bitter, but still very drinkable, this beer is smooth and tasty.  Rating- 8.5/10

Ommegang Hennepin (7.7%):

This beer is one of the great examples of a farmhouse style ale that is brewed in the United States.  If pours a light golden color and is slightly hazy from being unfiltered.  The aroma is both spicy and lemony, and there is a dull musty aroma in the background.  To me, this is the one strange thing about this beer.  The flavor is extremely complex.  Fruity, especially lemon, but with a spiciness that resembles the aroma.  There are definitely some honey like flavors that are in there as well that add some sweetness to it.  While there is some malt flavor, spices such as cloves are more prevalent.  In my opinion this beer is very good, but can be slightly overwhelming with everything going on in it.  Rating- 8/10

Remember to keep checking back this week in order to get in on our next competition! This one will be a great one to get involved in, and is even easier than the last one.  Find us on Facebook- just search for The Mans Cave and spread word to all your friends!

Cheers and Happy Brewing!

American Craft Beer Week: May 16-22! Help Us Celebrate!

This week is American Craft Beer Week, and all over the country, breweries, restaurants, and beer lovers are gathering to celebrate something that is truly an American world of beer.  To join in on this great celebration, we're going to be providing all of you a chance to join in and actually win some great prizes.  We'll be posting great new beer reviews, including some that you have asked for specifically!  We're going to be announcing a new competition soon (even sooner if you guys get on Facebook and like our page!).  We'll be posting another video review (possibly more than one).  And to cap it all off, we'll be drinking some fantastic beer while we do all of this!  So get ready for an incredible week filled with beer news, reviews, and more!

While you are waiting for our Craft Beer Week content to be posted, take a step back and enjoy some of our favorite posts that we've posted before!

Cheap Beer Review
Serving Your Beer at the Right Temperature
Choosing the RIght Glass for Your Beer
Creating Your Signature Brew
Stone Brewing Co Interview
Cooking With Beer

Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Sports Highlights From May 15th & 14th


5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Trailers & Details!

Here is what The Mans Cave learned for Modern Warfare 3!  First off it appears the game will be coming to stores November 8th of this year! Just in time for Christmas Shoppers.  The game will tie up most answers left hanging in the first two Moder Warfare single player campaigns.

The game is detailed to have you back and forth all over the world battling in a World War III type atmosphere.  These 4 trailers are good clues as to what cities you will find yourself battling through.  We will see the return of "Spec Ops" and other type multi-player games as well as the usual modes for online team face-offs.

So Man Caver's whose already planning to stand in line November 8th?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Community Unlock Challenge for Our Next Contest!

Its that time again Man Caver's!   We are ready to give away more good stuff to our loyal followers!  This one is almost to easy to enter and win too....  However, this contest doesn't start yet!  But we have a little community challenge for you all that will unlock the new contest much sooner!  Our Mans Cave social network has been pretty stagnant lately.  So we need your help to give it a big boost!  We recently passed the 100 followers mark here on our website, but now we want to pass the 100 Likes mark on our Facebook Fan Page!  The minute we reach that 100 likes mark we will publish our next contest's page which will give full detail on how you can win the grand prize.  Right now we are sitting at 94 Likes so all we need is 6 more of you guys to get on Facebook and Like us!

The prizes do not end there!  Because the 100 Likes mark is not far off we want to push the bar a little further... if we reach 150 Likes on our Fan Page we will add a Amazon gift card to the grand prize in the upcoming contest!  This is a very easy achievement Man Caver's!  The deadline for the 150 Likes is next Thursday at midnight.  If any of you do not know how to reach our Facebook Fan Page then just click on any one of the three links in this post to be taken straight to the page!  Also on the top of our website is a Facebook Fan Page tab, that will also take you there.  Now go Man Caver's Like our page to unlock this new contest!!!

For a little hint on the new contest... just see the pictures ;-)

Sports Highlights From May 11th


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Video Beer Review: Southern Tier Iniquity

We're back for another video review!  This time around we cover an offering from Southern Tier called Iniquity.  This beer is black as midnight, but with a hop kick that will surprise you!  Check out the review for more on this unique style of beer and leave us a comment telling us what you think.

Note: After the video ended, and the beer really started to warm up in my glass, I started tasting all sorts of dried fruit and sugary flavors that weren't there before.  It almost made me think of a darker Belgian beer with some serious hop character.  Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Sports Highlights From May 10th


Google Music and Movies?

Google is currently having a massive conference where it is unveiling all kinds of new goodies for all of your Android and Honeycomb users out there!  Two big notes are the new Google Music and Google Movies.  These services are a MUST for everyone to have, and we will tell you why!

First, Google Music Beta:  Google Music Beta
Google Music instantly searches your computer for any and every song you have.  It then allows you to access those songs on the "cloud" which means all your songs are permanently on the internet ready to be played by anything that has internet access and your user information.  So you could buy a song on your computer, then walk down the street while playing it on your phone.  The core theme to their music service is synergy.  No matter what changes you make to your music, playlists, or anything else it will change on every  device that can access that music.  You can even make the music available offline if your about to jump on a flight or something.  Google announced that this service is free for now, but currently you can get 2,000 songs on the "cloud" for free and can pay for extra space up to 20,000 songs.  Thats a lot of music!  So how can you access this amazing service?  Well.... you can't yet, its by invite only so far.  But once this service is made public be prepared to delete iTunes!

Google Movie Rentals:  Google Movies
Google really stepped up their media game, but one of the immediate things all of us public users can work with is the movie rentals.  Google's android market now houses a giant library of block buster movies for rent.  The newest releases can be rented for $3.99 and remain on your account for 30 days (however after you press play on the movie it will only be in your account for 24 hours).  Still this $3.99 for new releases is among the cheapest for rentals!  Obviously older movies are cheaper.  This addition to Google's market really beefs up its media presence and I'm sure it has Apple shaking a bit.

So Man Cavers, how do you feel about the Android, Honeycomb, and Google releases coming our way?  If you ask me... I'll be tying my Man Cave together with these great features, and now I can bring all my Man Cave media with me on the go!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Exploring the Styles of Beer: Belgian Wit

With the weather really starting to heat up now, there are few things that scream thirst quencher like a cold, crisp Belgian Witbier.  Before we start, note that this style is not to be confused with the American Wit that is becoming more and more common.  Because of that, we'll save the Blue Moon discussion for another time, and stick to some fantastic beers for now.

This beer is said to have developed from the centuries old traditions of monks brewing throughout Europe and specifically in the Belgian region.  However, this beer become really popular when two types of it began to be sold by cask in the town of Brussels in the 18th and 19th centuries.  When lagers began to overwhelm the beer market, and when laws made the sale of beer by cask on the streets in Brussels illegal, witbiers went into a serious decline, and even bordered on being obsolete in the 1960s with only one of the original breweries struggling to survive.  Enter Pierre Celis.  Celis brought around the resurgence of the Belgian Wit style by creating Hoegaarden White.  In the mid 1980s, Celis's brewery burned down, and only with the help of some major commercial breweries was he able to survive.  It was then that those major breweries essentially drove him out and adapted the recipe for Hoegaarden to what it is today.  There are now many more great examples of this style that are readily available today.

What to Expect in a Belgian Wit:
The first thing you will notice is that this beer is cloudy.  It is an unfiltered beer that gets most of that cloudiness from the wheat that is used to brew it.  Typically this beer is brewed with around 50% base malt, 40-45% wheat, and sometimes 5-10% oats.  The oats add good mouthfeel and a sort of creaminess to this brew.  In both the aroma and taste, you should immediately notice orange and lemon notes that are complimented by a herbal spiciness.  The addition of corriander is surprisingly what boosts the citrus in this style, while the addition of bitter orange peel actually lends less to citrus notes and more to bitterness.  The yeast that is used typically gives a clove like flavor and aroma that should be subtle and not overpower the other flavors.  While many people like to enjoy this style with a lemon or orange in the beer, the citric acid will actually kill any head retention the beer might have, and will overpower the subtle spiciness that makes this beer great.

Great Commercial Examples:
Hoegaarden White- The original.  This is the brew that got me into craft beer, and even though it may be a dumbed down version of Celis's original, it is still a great example of this style.  The corriander really shines through in this brew.

Ommegang Witte-  This beer is on the darker side of Belgian Wits, but is an interesting take that really allows the yeasty flavor to shine above the rest of the flavors.  Orange and lemon notes keep this one on the refreshing side.

Allagash White-  A great example showing that American brewers have really figured out this style.  A cloudy light golden pour, with a head that sticks to the glass well.  The yeasty flavors and aromas are well backed by orange flavors and a bold array of spices that include what tastes like a white pepper.  There is also some additionaly fruity flavor that really helps round out the spiciness.  One of the greatest beers that is being produced in New England.

Unibroue Blanche de Chambly-  This is a unique take on this style that really allows the fruity flavors to come through while the yeast kind of takes a backstage.  There are more dried fruit aromas that come through with the usual spiciness, and then the orange peel flavor follows at the end.

How to Brew Your Own:
This recipe really sticks to the classic Belgian Wit and avoids becoming an American Wit, by using flaked wheat and not wheat malt.

Mash at 153 for 1 hour
5 lbs Belgian Pils
4 lbs Flaked Wheat
1/2 lb Flaked Oats

60 minute boil
At the start of the boil add 1 oz of Saaz hops. (This is it for the hop additions as hop flavor and aroma should be minimalized.)
With 5 minutes to go in the boil, add 3/4 ounce of cracked, whole coriander and 3/4 of an ounce of bitter orange peel.

Once the wort is cooled, pitch a Belgian Wit yeast such as Wyeast 3944 or White Labs WLP400.

Modern Warfare 3? and Kinect and Xbox Live Getting Skype?

The 2 big stories for gamers today is the news about Modern Warfare 3 and Microsoft buying Skype then promising to use Skype with windows phones, Kinect, and Xbox Live!

Modern Warfare 3:
sources tell us Modern Warfare 3 will continue along that storyline, delivering a "world in crisis" feel to the aftermath of the U.S. invasion. However, it looks like it won't be another take on "Red Dawn", a post-U.S. invasion storyline already explored by the game Homefront. While it's unclear where specifically the game will be set, Modern Warfare 3 will have a urban setting, much like the U.S. missions in Modern Warfare 2, with military vehicles, including tanks, rolling through suburban streets.

The biggest shift for the game appears to be in its breadth. We're told that Modern Warfare 3 will take place on a much larger, epic scale. It appears the game will explore the lead up to a blossoming set of engagements that could pull in other countries, creating a potential World War III scenario. The game will also feature large, urban destructible environments.

The focus on larger maps and destructible environments brings to mind competitor Electronic Arts' Battlefield series which made a name for itself with those two keystones.Battlefield 3 is also set for a 2011 fall release, meaning the two games could in theory be vying directly with one another for gamers' attention. Battlefield 3, as shown by EA in previous events this year, will take place in a modern setting and feature large maps and destructible environments.

Microsoft Buys Skype?:

Microsoft, this morning, confirmed that they are buying Internet voice talk and video service Skype for $8.5 billion. They also confirmed that the service will "support" devices like the Xbox, Kinect and Windows Phone and that it will be connected to Xbox Live and other Microsoft communities.

Sports Highlights From May 9th


Monday, May 9, 2011

Sports Highlights From May 8th


New Assassin's Creed Revelations Game Coming in 2012

Enjoy this free soundtrack from Assassin's Creed Brotherhood!  If we get enough comments we might be able to upload a downloadable version!

Brotherhood by TheMansCave

Following a tease on Facebook last week, Assassin's Creed: Revelations has officially been announced as the next game in the series.
Game Informer will have a proper unveiling in its June issue but today's cover reveal provides us with the first concrete details about the game. It had been rumored that Altair, the first game's protagonist, would make a return in Revelations. He will be a playable character, along with Desmond, but wrapping up the story of Ezio will apparently be the main attraction, as the game is described as his "final chapter." Ezio has been the star of the last two major releases in the series.
Ezio will visit the legendary city of Constantinople as he wields a new weapon and tool "that changes the way you'll fight and traverse the world." We'll also learn what happened with Desmond following the conclusion of Brotherhood. Following in that game's footsteps, Revelations game will also feature a multiplayer component that is now customizable, although in just what was wasn't mentioned.
Feel free to speculate on what the new weapon/tool could be -- some sort of grappling hook, perhaps? -- and how the multiplayer can be customized in the comments below. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Exploring the Styles of Beer: Porter

There is such a great variety of beers that are considered porters that it is hard to group them into just one category.  Everything from chocolate to coffee to fruit to spices works well in a porter, and that is part of the reason that they appeal to so many people.  Just because you've tried one porter definitely does not mean that you won't be able to find at least one porter that you do.

Porter is a unique style of beer that often is said to have been created for the men who worked as a porter to carry around with them so they could drink it during lunch without getting sloshed.  For those of you that are wondering, a porter is someone who was hired to carry luggage, or other packages.  Anyways, the style was created when brewers began blending three different beers together to create the first blended beer that we know of.  The basic idea is that they would take a beer that had been aging for a while, and then blend a beer that was relatively fresh and a beer that was somewhere in the middle.  This became known as "Three Threads".  The dark color of the porter helped hide the cloudiness of it, and the rich roasted malts helped to cover any mistakes in the brewing process that would create off flavors.  Porters back then were often higher in alcohol than they tend to be today, pushing around the 7% ABV level back then.  Another aspect that many brewers took advantage of was aging the beer in large wooden vats.  Some of this aging would lead to a slight sourness in the beer, and the famous Guinness is probably one of the greatest examples of that sourness coming though. (Yes I know Guinness is a stout, but it was actually called a stout porter when first created.)  The name, did in fact come from the frequency with which porters would carry around this brew, but it was not made specifically for them to drink at work.

What to Look for in a Porter:
Porters cover such a broad style of beer, that the flavors of each porter could be completely different than another beer from the same style.  However, there are some key flavors that should be somewhat present in every porter.  It should be dark.  Not necessarily in flavor, but the color should be brown to black.  The aroma should be very malty, and may have rich, chocolate notes and possibly roasty or smoked aromas as well.  The flavor should be bready, malty, chocolatey, smoky, and roasty, or any combination of those aspects.  Hops should be minimal and should really be there just to help balance out the malty sweetness.

Great Commercial Examples: 
There are so many great varieties of porters out there that I have tried to pick a relatively broad selection.  If you don't like one of these beers, don't automatically assume you won't like the others.

Stone Smoked Porter- This is my personal favorite, and one of my all-time favorite beers.  The smoky undertones to this beer add incredible complexity to a smooth beer loaded with chocolately, malty character.  With just enough hops to help round out the flavor, this beer screams for a cold night and a warm fireplace. 

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter-  This may be the beer to buy if you're trying to find a darker beer that your girl would like, but that you wouldn't mind drinking either.  This is definitely one of the smoothest porters that I have ever tasted, and while the vanilla is definitely there, it is a pretty subtle taste that only compliments the dark roasted flavor of the malt. 

Kona Brewing Pipeline Porter- For all of you that enjoy drinking coffee, this is the porter for you.  Dark, bold, bitter coffee floods the mouth, but is surprisingly smooth and easy drinking.  This is one of our favorite coffee beers out there, and is a unique twist on the style.

Anchor Porter- This is a terrific example of what a porter should be.   Loaded with roasty, chocolaty flavor that is smooth to drink with just a little twinge of hops in the taste.  Dark, black and well rounded, this is the perfect example of a porter. 

Fuller's London Porter- For all of you across the pond, you hopefully already know about this one.  From the birthplace of the Porter comes a beer that is rich and bold and smooth at the same time.  Loaded with chocolate notes, this beer is a complex layer after layer of flavor that opens up more and more as it warms in your glass.

How to Brew Your Own:
American 2-row provides a solid base that lets the chocolate malt and and smoked malt really shine through.  For an interesting twist, a like to add some vanilla beans or crushed red pepper flakes into the secondary fermenter.

 Mash in at 153
10 pounds American Two-Row malt              
8 oz Crystal 60L malt                                     
8 oz Chocolate malt                                        
3 oz Peat Smoked malt                              

60 minute boil
At the start of the boil add .75 oz Centennial Hops

After 45 minutes add .25 oz Fuggles Hops
After 55 minutes add .25 oz Fuggles Hops

After cooling wort, pitch American Ale Yeast into it. (Wyeast 1056 or Safale US-05)
After 2 weeks in primary, transfer to secondary fermenter and add additional flavors if desired.

If you want to brew this as an extract recipe, steep the specialty malts in your water for 30 minutes as you heat it up until the temperature reaches 170 degrees F.  Then use 7.5 lbs of amber dry malt extract in place of the American 2-row.
This is for 4 gallons of beer.  This beer comes out looking a little more brown than black.  If you want a blacker color, add a few ounces of Black Patent Malt to the mash.

Be on the lookout soon for a new Mans Cave competition!  Until then,

Cheer and Happy Brewing!

Friday, May 6, 2011

This Weekend's Movies

It doesn't matter if your going to the movies with your date, or just going with friends because this is the movie you need to see this weekend!  The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.  I hope you guys spent one of the last two weekends going to that chick flick for your girl because this weekend is when you cash in that favor for some Marvel Comic movie action!

Something Borrowed:
Stop right here.... go up and just see Thor... this is The Mans Cave, and all you need to know is that Thor is in theaters, not this.  But really here is the synopsis... Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a talented attorney at a top New York law firm, a generous and loyal friend, and, unhappily, still single-as her engaged best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) is constantly reminding her. But after celebrating her 30th birthday, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in the arms of the guy she's had a crush on since law school, Dex (Colin Egglesfield)...who just happens to be Darcy's fiancĂ©. As one thing leads to another in the frantic weeks leading up to Darcy's wedding, Rachel finds herself in an impossible situation, caught between her treasured friendship with Darcy and the love of her life. Meanwhile, Ethan (John Krasinski), Rachel's constant confidante and sometimes conscience, is busy evading the affection of Darcy's hopelessly love-struck friend Claire (Ashley Williams) while harboring a secret crush of his own; and the charming and irrepressible Marcus (Steve Howey) has designs on Rachel that don't necessarily exclude any other woman who catches his eye.

Jumping The Broom:

A collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for a wedding.  Just trust us.... SEE THOR!

Thursday, May 5, 2011





eVo DEADPOOL here! Well Columbus is coming fast and themanscave still doesn't have a team! Its getting down to the wire and a decision will be made soon! Now is the time to flood the site with emails on why your team should be the themanscave team! Be sure to list everything in your email as such as Dallas placing, team achievements, where you expect to place in Coulombs and what your team needs! Hope to hear from you top teams soon! Get typing!

Sports Highlights From May 4th


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Brewmaster Series: Exploring the Styles: India Pale Ale

Our new series of beer related posts will cover the many different styles of beer that are available, one style at a time.  We're going to provide a brief overview of each style, along with several commercial examples and reviews for those examples.  We will also discuss what you will need to do if you wanted to brew an example of each style in your own home.  It is pretty incredible to see how many of the styles we drink came about, and the many great examples of each that we have to choose from!

Exploring the Styles: India Pale Ale

History:  Much of the history behind this beer that is out there today is actually false.  Many breweries have latched on to stories that claim that this style was invented out of necessity to travel to India, but that isn't really the truth.  Long before the most famous person credited with the style began marketing India Pale Ale, there existed a style of beer known as October ale.  George Hodgson is usually who people quote as the creator of this style.  However, it is actually true that the style evolved gradually from a moderately hopped October ale, into this high alcohol, hop bomb that we love today.  In fact, it was relatively common knowledge among brewers of the day that the higher the alcohol, and the more hops went into a beer, the better it would survive over time.  While the ability to travel and last for long periods of time was a factor in the development of this style, other styles of beer also made the journey without serious issues.  Needless to say, we're pretty happy that all those English brewers decided to keep adding hops to their beer.

What to Look for in an India Pale Ale:
The first and foremost aspect of an India Pale Ale should be apparent as soon as you open the bottle.  HOPS.  If it is a typical American IPA, you should get strong smells of citrus, resin (should make you think of a pine tree), and possibly floral notes.  In an English style IPA (otherwise known as a Bitter), the hops should be more earthy, floral, and woodsy.  When you drink an IPA, if the hops are at the correct level, the bitterness should kind of feel like it clings to your teeth a little.  Then there should be a smooth malty flavor that finishes the taste and balances out the bitterness of the hops.  In some examples, the hops are intended to completely overwhelm you, such as Avery Dugana, while in others, the brewers intend for the beer to be a nice balance between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

Great Commercial Examples:
Harpoon IPA- American IPA with a little deviation in the style of hops used.  Great floral notes that are complimented well by the malts.  Great beer to drink anytime you want something you can have more than one of to drink.
Southern Tier IPA- My personal favorite.  Incredible head retention makes this beer almost seem creamy until the bold citrusy hops hit you square in the mouth.
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA- An IPA that I compare all other IPAs against.  This beer is a perfect balance of bold, in your face, enamel scraping hops countered by a smooth malt background.
Stone IPA- A solid example from a West Coast brewery.  Well balanced and distinct resinous notes make this a solid choice to drink.
Avery Dugana- This one is one of those beers that will literally rip the enamel off your teeth.  Absolute hop bomb that is unashamed of its boldness.  There is some sweetness, but don't expect a balanced beer here.

How to Brew Your Own IPA:
This is a great example of an IPA that features bold American hops that are balanced by some sweet malt flavors.
This recipe is for a 5 gallon batch. 

Mash in at 153
10 lb- American 2-row malt
1 lb- Crystal 40 malt
1/2 lb- Victory malt

60 minute boil
At the start of the boil add 2 oz Centennial Hops

After 45 minutes add 1 oz Centennial Hops
After 55 minutes add .5 oz Cascade Hops

After cooling wort, pitch American Ale Yeast into it. (Wyeast 1056 or Safale US-05)
After 2 weeks in primary, transfer to secondary fermenter and add .5 oz Cascade hops to dry-hop

If you want to brew this as an extract recipe, steep the Crystal and Victory malts in your water for 30 minutes as you heat it up until the temperature reaches 170 degrees F.  Then use 7.5 lbs of amber dry malt extract in place of the American 2-row.

What is your favorite IPA?  If you brew this, or try any of the beers we have listed, let us know what you think!

Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Sports Highlights From May 3rd


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Beer Review: Brooklyn Summer Ale


Just in time for the summer to get here, one of my favorite breweries comes out with their English style summer ale.  This beer pours a ridiculously clear golden orange, with a bright white head the pretty much disappears immediately.  When I smelled it, it reminded me a lot of the citrusy notes you get from a Belgian Wit style, but this is clearly not a wheat beer, and I'm pretty sure there is no citrus in it either.  The taste pretty much follows the smell, but with more of the bright, crisp malty flavor coming through without much in the way of hops.  There is a little hoppiness that comes in through the taste, kind of floral and citrusy.  This beer is intended to be a lighter style that doesn't weigh you down too much in the summer, and that is pretty much exactly what it is.  This is definitely not my favorite beer from this brewery, but it is a pretty solid example of an English style summer ale.  The malts lead the way and are backed by just a little malt character.  I'd be interested to know what type of yeast they use for this beer.  Rating 7.5/10

Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Sports Highlights From May 2nd


Monday, May 2, 2011

The Mans Cave Recommends: Basic Brewing Radio and Video

For most homebrewers, there is at least one person, or place, or a specific beer that gets them into homebrewing, and the passion roots and grows from there.  For myself, I began with a Mr. Beer kit, which is a great intro into homebrewing, and then found two guys that truly love the art of homebrewing.  James Spencer and Steve Wilkes are two fantastic guys that have a wealth of information and spread it through their podcast called Basic Brewing.  There are two parts to their podcast, Basic Brewing Video and Basic Brewing Radio.  While the radio portion tends to dive deep into the science of homebrewing and provide fantastic information about specifics of brewing beer, the video portion is a fantastic intro into the world of homebrewing.  James and Steve are funny, informative, and it is a treat to watch them on camera.  So while your reading all of our articles about brewing your own beer, head over to and dive even deeper into the love of homebrewing!

Cheers and Happy Brewing!


Sports Highlights From May 1st


Cheap Beer Review: There's a Time for Every Kind of Beer

We here at The Mans Cave are firm believers that if something is good, then it is good.  There are times where nothing beats an ice cold cheap six pack of beer and a seat by the pool or on the front porch.  I absolutely hate people who call themselves beer snobs.  If you can't kick back and relax with something that doesn't challenge your tastes to the extreme and is just plain and simple beer, then The Mans Cave is probably not the right place for you.  We love the plain and simple.  I love to sit down to a bowl full of spicy fried wings and an ice cold pitcher of Miller Lite.  With that in mind, we're here to provide you reviews of many of the cheap beers on the market.  We've chosen 10 different beers that are all lagers except for one.  These beers should all be kept as cold as possible when drinking, and now is the perfect time you break out that frosty mug in your freezer!

#10- Olde English 800- Otherwise known as Ghetto Juice, this stuff is scary.  Popular with some semi-famous people that are known to party with this type of drink, there are far better things to spend your money on.  There is a sharp abrassive alcohol note that dominates everything about this beer.  For some reason, it seems like every ounce packed into these bottles is stale, but maybe it's just because the beer sucks! Priced at around $3 for a 40 oz bottle. ($0.90 per 12 oz)

#9- Keystone Light- This beer is pretty much like drinking fizzy water with a tinge of alcohol to go with it.  There is pretty much no malt flavor, and the flavors you do taste are completely over-powered by a sharp dryness.  While it is dirt cheep, and passed around college parties like it's gold, you can do better. $11.99 for an 18-pack. ($0.67 per 12 oz. beer)

#8- Natural Light- This is the cheep beer of cheep beers.  Natty Light is about as close to clear as beer can possibly come.  That same malty, corn flavor that most of these beers share is present here, but ideally if you are drinking it as cold as you need to be to hide the flavor, it really just tastes like crisp, bitter carbonated water.  Good for beer pong, but not much else. $15 for a 30-pack.  Ridiculously cheap. ($0.50 per 12 oz)

#7- Coors Light- Brewed as cold as the Rockies, this beer should be drunk as cold as the Rockies.  That being said, there is an interesting fruitiness to this beer that compliments the usual corny, malty flavor.  If it weren't for Natty Light, I'm not sure you could find a paler beer than Coors Light on the market. $5.49 for a 6-pack. ($0.91 per 12 oz)

#6- Bud Light- When it comes to the big 3, it's almost like picking between identical triplets.  They each have their own little claim to fame, but you kind of wonder if they're really putting out a different product.  Bud Light, in my opinion, has a little bit more of that corn flavor in it, but it helps to balance out the bitterness that comes at the back of each taste. $5.49 for a 6-pack. ($0.91 per 12 oz)

#5- Miller Lite- Of the big 3 (Bud, Miller, Coors), this one is my favorite.  Light, crisp, and a little more color than Bud or Coors.  It might be all gimmick, but their whole triple hops brewed thing might just give them a leg up on Coors Light and Bud Light.  Even still, keep this beer ice cold and eat some spicy chicken wings to go with it.  $5.49 for a 6-pack. ($0.91 per 12 oz)

#4- Miller High Life- The Champagne of beers! As a college student, this was always a great find at the grocery store because it was so absurdly cheap, and was actually drinkable after the first couple.  A little bit more malty than its cousin above, this beer is also a little crisper and has a surprisingly persistent head when you pour it out of the bottle/can.  You still want to drink this one cold, but it can actually be enjoyable to drink. $13.99 for a 24-pack. ($0.58 per 12 oz)

#3- Pabst Blue Ribbon-  There is something about drinking this beer that is just satisfying.  It is all one-sided malt flavor, with just enough hop sting in the back to keep it a little bitter.  It's great for washing down a shot of Jack like Clint Eastwood did in Gran Torino, or for helping chow down on pizza, or my favorite, take-out Chinese.  This beer actually comes with some flavor in that red, white, and blue can, and for that reason in comes in at number 3 on our list.  $7.49 for a 12-pack. ($0.63 per 12 oz)

#2- Trader Joe's Simpler Times Pilsner- If you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's near you, then you know what a deal this place is for all sorts of food and drink.  Their beer selection is no different and provides several different styles of beer for as low as $3.99 per 6-pack! This is our second favorite out of the selection.  Bright, crisp, and clear, there is just enough hop zing to give you something to taste along with the typical one-sided malt flavor.  There is also a Simpler Times Lager, but the Pilsner is a better choice.  For its price, this beer is a steal, and we don't mind drinking it any time with a pile of nachos or wings. ($0.67 per 12 oz)

#1- Yuengling Traditional Lager- For its price, this beer is fantastic.  Unlike the typical pale, American adjunct lager, this beer is a nice amber color that is backed with a smooth caramel flavor.  There are hops that you can actually taste in this beer, and it still tastes nice once it warms up a little.  This beer definitely takes the top prize for this list.  Only $5.49 for a 6-pack! ($0.91 per 12 oz)
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