Beer Blog: Fullsteam Brewery, Durham, N.C.

first_imgFullsteam AheadNorth Carolina’s craft beer scene is booming, with so many new breweries opening in the last few years, it can be hard to keep track of them all.Fullsteam Brewery, out of Durham, opened in 2010 with what could be the most ambitious brewery platform to date—these guys want to craft Southern beer.They have a “plow to pint” philosophy with the goal of creating a working “Southern beer economy.” Their lineup of seasonal beers in particular leans heavily on Southern ingredients. They use local farmers to fill the malt bills, local chocolatiers for their cocoa nibs, a bunch of local bees provide the honey…they even use customers to provide fruit and veggies for their small batch “Forager Series.”So far, so good. Fullsteam won a Good Food Award for one of its Forager beers last year, and the owner, Sean Lily Wilson, was a James Beard semi-finalist in 2012 and 2013 for the Outstanding Wine, Beer and Spirits Professional category. Respect.For Cackalacky, Fullsteam’s first canned beer, the brewery collaborated with Cackalacky, a North Carolina-based hot sauce company. Relax, it’s not brewed with hot sauce, it’s brewed with ginger, which provides a subtle edge to this terrific pale ale.The label proclaims the beer to be hoppy and zippy, and I’d say that marketing speak is pretty accurate. There’s a bit of candied sweetness to the beer, which is what I look for in a pale ale, and there just a bit of zest from the ginger that lingers on your tongue after you finish the sip. Fullsteam could’ve gone over the top with the use of ginger here, but they showed restraint. The result is a totally sessionable pale ale that I’d drink on a regular basis if I could find it.Not only is it a really good beer, it’s fun as hell to say. Cackalacky. Cackalacky Cackalacky Cackalacky.Fullsteam.aglast_img read more

Landmark Realty: Experience our mountain lifestyle

first_imgWe invite you to experience our mountain lifestyle… You come for the cool summer temperatures, the hiking, the beautiful waterfalls, the shopping, fine dining…or just to escape the hurry and hassle of your busy life.  Every year thousands of locals and out-of-town visitors come to experience the seasons and events on the Plateau.Winter’s magic transforms the trees to crystal glistening in the sun, nearby slopes are ready for you to challenge the downhill or hop on a tube for a fun ride.  In Spring-time, varieties of wild flowers, Mountain laurel, Catawba rhododendron and Wild flame azalea tint the mountains in delicate hints of color.  Most of the land is home to deciduous trees, which before losing their leaves color the mountains in beautiful rays of crimson, gold burnt orange and magenta.Every fall, hundreds of cyclists line-up to compete in the Tour de Cashiers.  From training wheels to fast wheels, there is something for everyone. Mountain bike, hike, fish, canoe, water ski, white river raft or challenge yourself with a game of golf on one of the many area courses.  And, after a day of exercise, relax and enjoy a free concert on the Village Green, or quench your thirst at one of our craft breweries or unique dining options.Landmark Realty Group is a boutique, full service real estate firm founded on the Plateau in 2004.  In 2012 Landmark became part of Royal Shell, a regional independent boutique brokerage in Florida.  Landmark currently has four offices in Western North Carolina serving Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Glenville, Sapphire and Lake Toxaway.  Our Landmark Vacation Rental program offers approximately 100 homes for our clients.  The Park on Main Hotel in Highlands, North Carolina, is also a part of the Landmark and Royal Shell Family.Whether you experience it by the hearth of a rustic cabin, or from a porch with a view that stretches “into tomorrow”- it is profound.  It’s the place that nurtures you, restores you… and always calls you back, Home.We are coaches, mentors, hikers, fundraisers, relief workers and stewards of the lakes and land.  We sit on professional association boards, school boards and are animal rescue volunteers.  We are husbands, wives, parents, neighbors and friends.  We are the Brokers and staff of Landmark Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rentals.last_img read more

IASB takes first steps toward full-on review of pensions accounting

first_imgResearch project staff wrote in a paper presented to IASB members: “To consider a measurement model fundamentally, we may also consider issues relating to discount rates and attribution of benefits.”And speaking during the 22 September meeting, IASB member Stephen Cooper indicated his support for a comprehensive review of pensions accounting.“I think that’s the only way to go,” he said.The former sell-side analyst continued: “If you try and do contribution-based promises, as we’ve discovered in the past, it just becomes impossible, and you get these bright lines.“The only way to solve this is to look at the whole range of things.“We don’t need to understand all of the different plans out there.“We obviously have to have an understanding of plans in sufficient detail, but I wouldn’t say … go off and identify every single one of these things.”In their introduction to the board, staff noted that they “have not yet decided” whether they should publish a discussion paper.They do, however, plan to issue a research paper during 2015 to explore a “conceptually sound and robust measurement model” for pension plans, and the cost-benefit analysis of any such accounting model, given recent trends in plan design.Staff also explained that if the research paper identifies “enough evidences [sic] to consider a fundamental amendment to [IAS19], we may propose to publish a Discussion Paper.”In addition, the staff could identify issues that it would be appropriate to deal with through the post-implementation review of IAS19 that is slated to take place during 2016.The IASB – and also its interpretative body, the International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC) – has a long history on the subject of pensions accounting.IAS19 currently addresses two types of retirement promise through its focus on DB and DC plans.In the case of the latter, it simply requires sponsors to expense plan contributions as they are incurred.With DB promises, however, it applies the so-called projected unit credit approach.This requires preparers to project forward using a scheme’s benefit assumptions to arrive at a projected liability, and then discount back using a AA corporate bond rate to reach a net present value.The IAS19 methodology has failed to address, however, the rise in so-called intermediate-risk plans or contribution-based promises.Such plans have proliferated in recent years with the move among employers to derisk their pensions exposure.The IASB attempted to tackle the issue with a discussion paper in 2008.This document was largely panned by commentators who argued that its proposals were difficult to apply and dragged too many plans into a new fair-value measurement approach.The decision to abandon the discussion paper proposals led the board to issue instead a series of targeted revisions to IAS19 in 2011.These amendments left unaddressed how entities ought to account for contribution-based promises.Since 2011, the IFRS IC has attempted to offer guidance to preparers by exploring a solution to the challenges presented by DB plans with a guaranteed minimum return.The committee was forced, however, to abandon its work.IFRS IC member Tony de Bell said: “To be honest, I’m not sure you can resolve it without addressing the broader aspects in [IAS]19.” The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) could be about to embark on a radical shake-up of pensions accounting with wide-ranging implications for sponsors of both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) retirement plans.One option mulled by the London-based standard setter during its 22 September meeting is to scrap International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (IAS19), and replace it with a single, principles-based accounting model for DB and DC plans.Any such move would open up a public debate about the correct basis for discounting pension promises.Board members signalled their strong support for the staff to continue with their research into the topic.last_img read more

United Rebel Sprint Series primed for Dodge City Raceway Park 305 Nationals

first_imgThis year’s event fires off with the first of two preliminary events on Thursday, June 13, with a second round of preliminary action on Friday before culminating with Saturday’s championship finale.  Set for a $3,000-to-win event that could potentially climb to as much as $4,500 with lap money included is set for this Thursday through Saturday night, June 13-15, atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.  Martens has already picked up one URSS victory thus far this season while track regular Luke Cranston has won two events, both at Dodge City. Also picking up series victories this season are Jason Martin and two-time and defending tour champion Zach Blurton.    Sprint car veteran Kevin Ramey of Fort Worth, Texas, took home the victory in the inaugural version of the DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals back in 2017, while Fairview, Okla.’s Jake Martens pocketed $4,040 including lap money by fending off a last-lap slider from Jake Bubak and then beating Chad Koch to the stripe in last year’s championship feature finale.   Joining the Rebels for this huge event will be the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars as well as the Sprint Series of Oklahoma presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.   Tickets to the Thursday and Friday preliminary events are $12 for each night with Saturday’s finale $20 while children eleven and under are free each night. Pit passes are $30 for each night.center_img By David Smith, Jr./OKTidbits  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dodge City located at 201 4th Avenue is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park.  Race fans staying at the Holiday Inn & Suites Dodge City will want to request the special DCRP rate for their visit when making reservations. Contact the Holiday Inn Express at 620-225-1000. Each night of racing will fire off at 7:30 p.m.  DODGE CITY, Kan. – It’s time for a huge three nights of racing action beginning this Thursday night for the POWRi Lucas Oil United Rebel Sprint Series as they once again partake in the third annual Lubbock Wrecker DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals at Dodge City Raceway Park.   read more

QPR to complete midfielder deal

first_imgQPR are expected to formally complete the signing of Nancy midfielder Samba Diakite later today.The 23-year-old Mali international, currently representing his country at the Africa Cup of Nations, has chosen a move to Loftus Road despite interest from Lyon.Rangers have agreed the signing of Diakite on an initial loan deal with a view to completing his permanent transfer in the summer if they stay in the Premier League.AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

IBF mandates Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko purse bid on July 23

first_imgPreviously, Alvarez claimed he wanted to become the undisputed champion at 160 pounds. It’s clear his mind has shifted due to reports of him not wanting to partake in a trilogy bout with Golovkin and more interested in the possibility of taking on WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith or WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev. While one can’t put the onus on Alvarez for wanting different things as taking on Derevyanchenko is a significant drop off in name recognition and does nothing for him in terms of continuing to want to make history, one can blame the IBF for forcing Alvarez’s hand.Canelo had the title for a cup of coffee (66 days to be exact) and the sanctioning body barks its orders, trying to force the action, instead of letting the face of boxing decide who he wants to face next and then deciding how to rule. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAlvarez could either fight Derevyanchenko his next time out on Sept. 14, cut a deal with Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) to step away for a fee or vacate the championship. The likely scenario is Alvarez giving up the title and the top two contenders: Derevyanchenko and Golovkin compete for it.  The IBF has ordered a July 23rd purse bid for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Sergiy Derevyanchenko in a mandatory title fight due to Alvarez being the champion and Derevyanchenko the top contender, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO), also the WBA and WBC “Franchise” champion, won the IBF belt in May by defeating Daniel Jacobs via unanimous decision. Jacobs had captured the title from Derevyanchenko in a vacant title affair last October after Gennadiy Golovkin relinquished the belt for refusing to face Derevyanchenko and rematching Alvarez in September. last_img read more