Rocky, Three Brews and A Little Inspiration

This past weekend my wife and I decided to sit down with our kids and have a Rocky movie marathon, which we accomplished, literally all six movies! I have seen a few of them before, but this was the first time for both of us to see all of them and what better way than to binge. Punch after punch, win after win the inspiration built as we eagerly watched each classic film.

“Rocky” Heavyweight Collection

Now, of course while doing so I had to sip on some good beers and good beers I did sip on. The first was a unique Texas Red Wine Weizenbock brewed up by The New Braunsfels Brewing Company that held a strong 8.5% ABV rate and had a flavor of dark grapes and wheat along with a puckering tart-like finish that mellowed out as the brew warmed.

The next one on the list of tasting was a tasty artisan farmhouse ale brewed up by Stillwater Artisanal that provided the classic barnyard aroma with hints of lemon and sage. Each sip was a palate full of tart-like characters, bananas, and citrus hops with a dry, crisp finish that was refreshing and soothing.

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The last on the list was a bold chardonnay barrel-aged wheat wine called the Grand Allowance brewed up by Lakewood Brewing Company that stood tall at a 12.8% ABV. Aromas and flavors of white wine, oak, citrus hops and dark cherries along with a slight alcohol warmth provided a pleasant, and yet intense experience. Overall enjoyed this one and helped make it through the last Rocky.

Out of all the Rocky’s my favorite would have to be the fourth with the fight with the Russian as it kept you going from the beginning till the end and provided a good story line match up with the end of the cold war going on at the time and showing that true heart and passion beats out steroids and systems. But overall I did enjoy all of them, although the last of them, Rocky Balboa, was a bit off in left field, and yet still good.


At the end of the Rocky film binge, my wife and I had to have a talk about the films and the inspiration that they provided. I will have to say that nothing gets you more sparked up than the song, “Eye Of The Tiger” and watching the fights and hard training done by the underdog. But there is something that I really did enjoy out of the sequences and that was found within the last of the Rocky’s, “Rocky Balboa”. In this film when Rocky is talking with his son outside his restaurant he tells him how tough life is and how it will hit you hard and that it’s not about how hard you hit, but how many hits you can take.

“Rocky Balboa”

This small, and yet memorable scene in the film really caught my attention and gave me a little different perspective that I hadn’t seen before. It was almost as if this was the talk I have been needing for years, which I did get from my dad and another mentor, but just never in the way that he explained it. I couldn’t help but to almost tear up in this scene as I felt the connection, almost as if he were speaking to me personally. Instantly I the fog cleared and the inspiration began. It was time to go out and take the hits and return the hits as well. It was time to not back down or get discouraged, but to rise up and to get the eye of the tiger!


Now, I may sound a bit crazy, and that is alright with me, but really stop and think to yourself real quick, does this hit you as inspirational at all? Have you been struggling with things recently? Well, if you are like me and you have been, then let me tell you that it’s time to rise up and become the champion of your life! It’s time to go out swinging and when a punch is landed on you, don’t back down, but get back up and swing again until you have made your way to the top!


On a final note I would like to add that even when you get to the top you will still be swinging and taking hits. I’m not saying this to discourage, but to point out the reality that in this life we will always be faced with obstacles and that we won’t experience complete freedom from pain till we come face to face with God and spend eternity with Him, but until that moment we have to keep fighting and pushing and know that we can become champions and live the dream we have always dreamed as long as we don’t back down and keep swinging. God bless!

-Michael Thacker


Cherishing A Lazy Day With Some Good Brews And Prehistoric Movies

You know those days where you could just sit around and do nothing? Cloudy outside and laziness is in the air? Well, yesterday was that type of day for my family and I as we decided to sit around and do nothing. But, of course, people can only sit around and do “nothing” for so long before entering into delirious boredom and at that moment something needs to change, just still in a lazy-like manner.


After pondering for several moments I finally came up with a couple of movies with a theme based motive behind it as well as a couple of good beers that would do well during the film attendance. Scrounging through our hundreds of movie collection I finally found what I was desiring. The two picks that I came up with would provide a prehistoric sci fi theme, fun for the whole family (I hoped).

The first pick I went with was One Million Years B.C. An old classic that provides excitement from beginning till the end with the cave dwellers demonstrating more ape-like characteristics than their later counterparts, the shell people. Action from scene one with fights between the cave people and later in the film several fights between man and dinosaurs (as well as enlarged iguanas).

The second film was 10,000 B.C. The 2008 (and now almost becoming considered a classic believe it or not) featuring the beautiful and talented Camilla Belle and her prehistoric mate Steven Strait. Based in 10,000 B.C. the village people try surviving by killing and eating Mammoths as well as anything else they can get their hands on due to the frigid ice age that engulfed them. However, they are soon captured and taken to a far away land that is now considered Egypt where they are using the people from the village and many others as slaves to build the pyramids and many other structures throughout the land (and believe it or not, interesting factoid, there are some historians and archaeologist that believe the pyramids and Spinx were built at this date). Thankfully the warrior D’Leh (Steven Strait) comes and saves the day by killing off the “Almighty” that controlled everything and ruled with a pale, and yet iron fist.

Both films I recommend especially if one is a sci fi film geek such as myself. Now, for the beer choice of the day I went with a wild sour ale called Synchopathic brewed up by the Destihl Brewery that had more kick of acidity and astringent-like characters to pucker your face for at least a minute or so. As the sour warmed it lightened up and presented citrus hop flavors as well as hints of lemon, grapefruit and resin.


The second beer of choice was a toasty brown ale called Baragus brewed up by a local brewery Nobel Rey Brewing Company. This brown ale was delicious as it presented aromas of coffee, chocolate, oak and nuts and the taste was much the same with notes of roasted honey and caramel.


Nothing like a day of doing nothing, and yet accomplishing something all at the same time while enjoying it all with family. Grab your brews and movies today and live the life of the lazy days! Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

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