College football’s offseason is more than two months old already, but that means there’s still six months until the 2013 season. It’s an eternity for any college football fan, and while many of us indulge in watching other sports, it just can’t compare to fall Saturdays.
With that in mind, we bring you the latest installment of our weekly feature, “Build a Better Offseason.” Every seven days or so, we’ll provide recommendations on what to do with all your free time now that you’re not all-consumed by college football, specifically focusing on beers, books, movies and other, non-college football sporting events. There’s also “this week in shame,” which you can view at the bottom of each piece.
HopDevil IPA, by Victory Brewing Company in Downington, PA (American IPA, 6.7% ABV)
HopDevil IPA isn’t overly expensive or generally unavailable, so some may be surprised by just how full-flavored this beer ends up being. A traditional American IPA in every sense, it mixes the right amount of hops with a delicious aroma that combines floral and fruity notes while still maintaining a bold sense of character. Going down smooth, drinking HopDevil is not a chore, but rather, an enjoyable exercise you can easily pair with something as simple as a warm afternoon. You can find it pretty much nationwide (possibly excluding the south), either on tap or more commonly, at your local adult beverage retailer.
“The Postmortal,” by Drew Magary (2011)
For a writer that specializes in an especially profane brand of humor (certainly not complaining), Drew Magary seems to conjure up a pretty realistic sense of helplessness and sadness here in his first foray into fiction. Without giving too much away, Magary’s main character, John Farrell, lives in a world where they’ve just discovered the cure for aging. And as many pieces of science fiction have shown before, the consequences for positive developments fail to always remain that way. When I first read this book last year, I couldn’t put it down, and wrapped it up in a matter of three days. Plan accordingly.
Orange County (2002)
When I first saw this movie as a 14-year old, I don’t think I quite appreciated what it was; a smarter, more clever comedy about college than many of its peers. It’s not an amazing film by any means. Rather, it’s just a lot better than many movies that came out around that time, especially those others involving Jack Black. Here, he plays sideshow to Colin Hanks, who is predictably dry and pessimistic, counter to Black’s zany antics. In particular, Black’s exchange with firefighters about a fire he started still draws some serious laughs from this end of the couch.