Slow News Day: Game of Thrones’ Esmé Bianco

People seem to have a thing for Esmé Bianco, star of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The Beer Drifter likes easy web traffic. It’s a match made in heaven.

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….And Marilyn Manson continues to collect beautiful women like they were UPC codes he’s saving to send away for a Boba Fett action figure.

 

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Pandering For Page Views: Emilia Clarke

In today’s edition of PFPV we bring you the lovely Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones…because people really like searching for pictures of Daenerys Targaryen, and who could blame them?

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Verboten Brewery: Loveland, Colorado

Loveland is known for several things: It’s where idiots send random postcards on Valentines Day (seriously), it’s got lots of silly statues all over town, and…well, I guess that’s it. But in recent years, the little town o’ love has begun to join the ranks of the multi-brewery towns, with Big Beaver Brewing, Loveland Ale Works, Grimm Brothers and now Verboten Brewing.

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Outside Verboten.

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Ye Olde Thyme wooden sign thing.

 

For the most part, the surroundings are what we’ve come to expect from modern taprooms — a little spot nestled in an industrial park — but it’s pleasant enough inside, with plenty of seating, good music on the radio and friendly (yet unobtrusive) service. No complaints here.

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Inside the taproom.

Fortunately, there’s just enough wood cabinets and soft lighting to avoid the harsh feel of the usual white-walls-and-concrete vibe of most upstart taprooms. Like I said, it’s nice.

The beer is definitely where these guys shine, though…which is generally considered a plus in the brewery business. Just FYI for those of you thinking of jumping into the game. I’m here to help.

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The blurriest photo of a beer menu you’re likely to see all day.

The selection on tap was pleasantly varied and likely had something to please virtually any palette. We tasted the blueberry wheat, the “Killer Boots” caramel porter, the “Five Second Frencher” lemongrass wit, the “Midnight Expresso” coffee stout, the “Where’s Carl?” IPA, and (my favorite beer name of all time) the “I’m Thinking Of Something Orange” orange blossom honey wheat. $10 to the first person who knows what film that line is from.

Unfortunately, I was suffering from the tail end of a cold so my sense of taste and smell was dulled on this particular occasion. This being the case, the more mellow flavors didn’t jump out at me as much as they should have. From what I could tell with my minimal faculties, the orange honey wheat, the blueberry wheat, the lemongrass wit and the caramel porter were all lovely (and subtle) little brews, but the complexities were all but lost on me. Fortunately, though, the IPA was a lovely, balanced drink with an abundance of maltiness to please my not-so-hoppy sensibilities. Most importantly, though, the coffee stout knocked it out of the park. Ranking second only to the coffee stout at Our Mutual Friend in Denver, theirs tastes like fresh, quality coffee. Not Starbucks-burnt-crap, but genuinely high quality coffee in stout beer form. If ever there was a beer for breakfast, this is the one to imbibe.

Overall, even with my sickly taste buds it was clear that the full menu available at Verboten was excellent, with the coffee stout ruling supreme among the flavors on offer. Combine the uniformly excellent beers with the above-average atmosphere and service and the sum total is a brewery easily worth your efforts to seek out.

 

 

 

Comic Book Movie Girls…Just Because.

Just a quick update this afternoon. Nothing special, just some beautiful women from various comic book movies. Because I’m looking out for your best interests.

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Jessica Alba appears in Fantastic Four and Sin City.

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Rebecca Romijn from the X-Men franchise.

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Rose Byrne from X-Men First Class.

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Blake Lively from Green Lantern.

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Malin Ackerman from Watchmen.

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Jennifer Lawrence from X-Men First Class.

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Jennifer Lawrence again.

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…and more Jennifer.

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Carla Gugino from Watchmen and Sin City.

  

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January Jones as Emma Frost in X-Men First Class

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Anna Paquin as Rogue in the X-Men franchise.


The Girls of Geek: Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Comic Book Actresses We Love

You could probably file this post under “pandering for page views”, but hell, who doesn’t like a lovely lady in a geeky film franchise? Pretty girls are the spoonful of sugar that helps the nerd pill go down, so to speak. Here are a few of our favorites:

 

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No list like this could possibly be complete without Natalie Portman, one of the most fetishized of all geek-film actresses. Star Wars alone puts her in the pantheon of greats, but she’s also been in comic book adaptations such as Thor and V for Vendetta.  I’m personally creeped out by her part in Leon: The Professional, though. Also, Luc Besson is a shit filmmaker. Accept it.

 

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 We’re gonna go a little oldschool on you for this one. Winona Ryder wasn’t always “crazy lady who got caught shoplifting”. No, once upon a time she was every nerdy guy’s fantasy girl. Her appearances in Tim Burton films (back before he caught a terminal case of suck sometime in the 90′s) were the stuff of legend. Beetlejuice? Edward Scissorhands? Hell yeah. Of course, she also appeared in Heathers (not a geek property, but a landmark teen film, no less) and in the abomination known as Alien: Resurrection.

 

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 Her major role in the Lord Of The Rings and upcoming Hobbit films secures her place on this list, but Cate Blanchett got her career off to rather ignominious beginnings. She was told she was “too ugly” to be an actress. Really? Are you looking at the same picture I’m looking at? What the hell…

 

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Good lord, Hermione sure grew up. Emma Watson makes us feel funny inside in a totally creepy-old-man way. Who knew Harry Potter movies could give us this?

 

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Jennifer Connelly’s resume has a fair cross-section of fantasy-horror-comic book roles. Labyrinth, Dario Argento’s Phenomena and the much-reviled (undeservedly so) Hulk cover the requisite bases needed to justify posting the above photo, not that justification is really needed…




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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy wasn’t very good. Come to think of it, I can’t recommend much of anything Zooey Deschanel has been in (although I haven’t seen her TV show yet). Really, though…who cares? Her She and Him music project is pretty good, though, so there’s that.

 

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As far as I know, Rachel Nichols is only “famous” due to her playing the green girl in the Star Trek re-boot. But as far as geek credentials go, that’s way more than enough.

 

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Zoe Saldana only just recently burst on to the scene, but with two major sci-fi properties under her belt she’s already an icon of nerd-dom. Star Trek and Avatar alone should keep her on the radar for some time to come.

 

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Spider Man turned Kristen Dunst into a household name, but she was also in the Lars Von Trier’s quasi-sci-fi ode to depression Melancholia, which is important because she spends a lot of time naked in it. FYI.

 

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Scott Pilgrim Vs The World gets Mary Elizabeth Winstead on this list, not because it’s fantasy or sci-fi (or whatever the hell it is), but because it’s an awesome movie nobody saw in the theater. It doesn’t hurt that she was also in The Thing remake and a Die Hard movie (or maybe it does…).

 

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You really didn’t think I’d finish this list without including the most iconic geek fetish girl of all time, did you? Princess Leia as Jabba’s slave has practically created a cottage industry for cosplay weirdos and their obliging girlfriends. Carrie Fisher may never have done anything remotely sexy ever again, but the mark was made in 1983′s Return of the Jedi. Word is that Fisher hates Star Wars and really loathes her “sex symbol” status, which is kinda sad because she should probably cling to that fame with a death grip. Again, what else has she been in? The ‘Burbs doesn’t count (even though it is a fun Joe Dante movie) because noone has seen that anyway.

 


Pandering for Page Views! Day 5

As you may have noticed, we started a little project here at The Beer Drifter aimed at generating site traffic by any means necessary. To continue providing the beer news, reviews and general shenanigans you need to make it throught the day we have to have a steady flow of traffic (and/or some generous Paypal donations….*cough* check the link up there *cough*)….and what generates more traffic than anything else on the web?

You know exactly what generates more traffic than anything on the web. But since this is a movie and beer website, we must adhere to our subject matter. Therefore, that’s why we’re publishing photos of half-naked movie stars! It’s movie related, dammit, and if you’re a male visitor to this site you probably don’t mind. As for our female audience….I’m sorry. It’s market demand, ladies. Please forgive us for being pervy schmucks.

Today’s Pageview-producing starlet: Scarlett Johansson!

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Ranking The Bond Girls (A Skyfall Preview)

The latest James Bond film Skyfall hits theaters November 9th, so what better way to prep for the big day than to list every “Bond Girl” to ever grace the screen. What’s more, when we’re done we’ll determine which Bond had the loveliest ladies. Sean Connery? Roger Moore? George Lazenby? Timothy Dalton? Pierce Brosnan? Daniel Craig? Who’s the luckiest Bond ever? Scroll down to see….

 

Sean Connery’s Girls:

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Dr. No: Honey Ryder – Played by Ursula Andress

 

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Dr. No: Sylvia Trench played by Eunice Gayson

 

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From Russia With Love: Tatiana Romanova played by Daniela Bianchi

 

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Goldfinger: Pussy Galore played by Honor Blackman

 

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Goldfinger: Jill Masterson played by Shirley Eaton


 

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Goldfinger: Tilly Masterson played by Tania Mallett

 

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Thunderball: Domino Derval played by Claudine Auger

 

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Thunderball: Patricia Fearing played by Molly Peters

 

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Thunderball: Paula Caplan played by Martine Beswick

 

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Thunderball: Fiona Volpe played by Luciana Paluzzi

 

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You Only Live Twice: Kissy Suzuki played by Mie Hama

 

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You Only Live Twice: Aki played by Akiko Wakabayawshi

 

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You Only Live Twice: Helga Brandt played by Karin Dor

 

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Diamonds Are Forever: Tiffany Case played by Jill St. John

 

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Diamonds Are Forever: Plenty O’Toole played by Lana Wood

 

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Never Say Never Again: Domino Petacchi played by Kim Basinger

 

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Never Say Never Again: Fatima Blush played by Barbara Carrera

 

George Lazenby’s Girls:

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Tracy Draco played by Diana Rigg

 

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Ruby Bartlett played by Angela Scoular

 

Roger Moore’s Girls:

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Live and Let Die: Solitaire played by Jane Seymour

 

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Live and Let Die: Rosie Carver played by Gloria Hendry

 

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The Man With The Golden Gun: Mary Goodnight played by Britt Eklund

 

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The Man With The Golden Gun: Andrea Anders played by Maud Adams

 

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The Spy Who Loved Me: Anya Amasova played by Barbara Bach

 

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The Spy Who Loved Me: Naomi played by Caroline Munro

 

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Moonraker: Holly Goodhead played by Lois Chiles

 

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 Moonraker: Corinne Dufour played by Corinne Clery

 

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For Your Eyes Only: Melina Havelock played by Carole Bouquet

 

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For Your Eyes Only: Countess Lisl played by Cassandra Harris

 

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For Your Eyes Only: Bibi played by Lynn Holly Johnson

 

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Octopussy: Magda played by Kristina Wayborn

 

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A View to a Kill: Stacey Sutton played by Tanya Roberts

 

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A View To A Kill: Mayday played by Grace Jones

 

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A View to a Kill: Pola Ivanova played by Fiona Fullerton

 

Timothy Dalton’s Girls:

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The Living Daylights: Kara Milovy played by Maryam D’Abo

 

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License To Kill: Pam Bouvier played by Carey Lowell

 

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Licence to Kill: Lupe Lamora played by Talisa Soto

 

Pierce Brosnan’s Girls:

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Goldeneye: Natalya Simonova played by Izabella Scorupco

 

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Goldeneye: Xenia Onatopp played by Famke Jannsen

 

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Tomorrow Never Dies: Wai Lin played by Michelle Yeoh

 

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Tomorrow Never Dies: Paris Carver played by Teri Hatcher

 

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 The World is Not Enough: Christmas Jones played by Denise Richards

 

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 The World is Not Enough: Elektra King played by Sophie Marceau

 

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 The World is Not Enough: Cigar Girl played bt Maria Grazia Cuccinotta

 

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 Die Another Day: Miranda Frost played by Rosamund Pike

 

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 Die Another Day: Jinx played by Halle Berry

 

Daniel Craig’s Girls:

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 Casino Royale: Vesper Lynd played by Eva Green

 

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 Casino Royale: Solange played by Caterina Mulino

 

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 Quantum of Solace: Strawberry Fields played by Gemma Arterton

 

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 Quantum of Solace: Camille played by Olga Kurylenko

 

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 Skyfall: Severine played by Berenice Marlohe

 

So who is our winner? In shear numbers Sean Connery comes out on top, pun intended. He also fares wonderfully well in terms of quality Bond girls, so in all fairness Mr. Connery wins again (like he does in virtually any Bond debate). For my money, though, Daniel Craig is the best 007 to date and considering he’s only three movies in I’d say his collection of conquests is the most impressive yet. In terms of quality over quantity, there’s little debate that Mr. Craig is performing phenomenally well.