Final 2016 NBA Mock Draft

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After last nights amazing game I’m suffering from basketball withdrawal so now’s a good of time as any to post our Final NBA Mock Draft. With Simmons meeting with the 76ers, looks like that’s the direction they’ll go. Barring any trades (I’m looking at you Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, New York, and Portland) here’s our final mock:

1. Philadelphia – Ben Simmons SF/PF LSU
2. LA Lakers – Brandon Ingram SF Duke
3. Boston (via Brooklyn) – Marquese Chriss PF Washington
4. Phoenix – Jaylen Brown SG/SF California
5. Minnesota – Jamal Murray PG/SG Kentucky
6. New Orleans – Kriss Dunn PG Providence
7. Denver (via New York) – Dragan Bender PF Croatia
8. Sacramento – Buddy Hield SG Oklahoma
9. Toronto (via Denver) – Domantas Sabonis PF Gonzaga
10. Milwaukee – Dejounte Murray G Washington
11. Orlando – Skal Labissiere PF/C Kentucky
12. Utah – Jakob Poeltl C Utah
13. Phoenix – Henry Ellenson PF Marquette
14. Chicago – Deyonta Davis PF/C Michigan State

Let us know what you think!

Ex Novo Brewery – Drink Beer. Do Good.

Not too long ago I posted about our current favorite breweries in Portland.  True to form I’ve been spending plenty of time at them!  Recently, I took another trip back to Ex Novo and thought I’d write up a deeper dive.

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It was a sunny 100 degree Sunday so my buddy and I decided to walk the mile over to the brewery.  To say we were thirsty by the time we got there would be the understatement of the week.  As soon as we sat down we ordered a cold The Most Interesting Lager In The World.  It hit the spot!  This beer is a Mexican lager brewed with Vienna and Pilsner malts with a hint of flaked corn.

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As I mentioned in the previous article, Ex Novo is a non-profit brewery that aims to donate 100% of their net profits to a variety of causes.  These causes include Friends of the Children, IJM, Impact NW, and MercyCorps.  They’ve been open for two years in the Eliot neighborhood of North Portland.  They have an inviting atmosphere that is perfect for families (the bathrooms actually have baby changing stations complete with diapers) as well just grabbing beers with buddies. Sitting at the bar for a few hours will show that many from the neighborhood come in often and the beertenders/waitstaff know them well.  There is also plenty of sidewalk seating to enjoy the nice days and they brew the beer in the back. The perfect one stop shop brewery!

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The first couple pints of lager went down well so we decided to branch out and sample a few of the current seasonals.  I’m not a huge sour beer fan but the beertender talked me into trying their newly released version, Cactus Wins The Lottery!.  This Berliner Weisse with prickly pear was surprisingly easy to drink and actually refreshing.  We also tried the Stiff Upper Lip which is made with British malts, East Kent Golding Hops and a London Ale strain.  Might have been the lagers talking but ended up buying bottles of both to drink later.

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Per the usual, each trip to Ex Novo makes me wonder why I don’t get there more often. If you’re in the city looking for a brewery that exemplifies everything that makes the Portland beer scene so amazing, this is the place to visit.

21st Amendment Brewing

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This San Francisco brewery is named after the amendment to the United States Constitution that repealed a previous amendment (the 18th), which had prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcohol and was in place from 1920-1933.    

21st Amendment Brewing is known for being ahead of the craft brewing curve when it comes to the can trend.  The cans that contain the beer are as well-known as the beer itself, artistic and full of historic references surrounding the topic of prohibition and U.S. history on the whole.  The cans – made by a Portland, Oregon company called TBD, include renderings of Americana such as the Statue of Liberty, FDR, astronauts, signers of the Constitution and various other bits of U.S. history. These cans stand out.  I recall being impressed by them some years back when I received a shipment in the mail as part of a beer-of-the-month club membership a friend had gotten me.  But the product goes far beyond the packaging and theme.  21st Amendment makes good beer.  It adds fruity quirks – watermelon and grapefruit among them – to its brews, and everything from lights to porters and delicious IPAs as well. 

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The setting is rustic and inviting, with a large rectangular bar on the main level and an upper indoor balcony that overlooks the main level.  The upper balcony is a slick set-up with multiple screens for watching sports.  AT&T Park is just a few blocks away.  The Saturday afternoon crowd was a mish-mash of age, gender and background, feeling welcoming across the board.    

My favorite beer was the Blah Blah IPA, which had been released just a week prior to my visit and was recommended by the friendly bartender just a minute or so after I sat down.  I was more than impressed by the quality of this one and I’ve had my fair share of IPAs.

If you are in the Bay Area and you enjoy a good beer and brewery experience 21st Amendment is a must. 

Updated Mock Lottery Picks

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We’ve made it to June and individual workouts are in full swing. Been doing our best to keep up on all the happenings. Two things that are standing out most at this point are Boston still being the wild card at number 3 and Marquese Chriss’s stock rising. Here’s our latest mock:

1. Philadelphia – Brandon Ingram SF Duke
2. LA Lakers – Ben Simmons SF/PF LSU
3. Boston (via Brooklyn) – Marquese Chriss PF Washington
4. Phoenix – Jamal Murray PG/SG Kentucky
5. Minnesota – Kriss Dunn PG Providence
6. New Orleans – Buddy Hield SG Oklahoma
7. Denver (via New York) – Jaylen Brown SG/SF California
8. Sacramento – Dejounte Murray SG Washington
9. Toronto (via Denver) – Dragan Bender PF Croatia
10. Milwaukee – Henry Ellenson PF Marquette
11. Orlando – Skal Labissiere PF/C Kentucky
12. Utah – Jakob Poeltl C Utah
13. Phoenix – Domantas Sabonis PF Gonzaga
14. Chicago – Deyonta Davis PF/C Michigan State

Let us know what you think!

Vegas Line has Warriors as 2-1 Favorites

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The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has the Golden State Warriors as roughly 2-1 favorites going into the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Interesting call given that the Cavs took two games off of the Warriors in last year’s finals without two of their biggest stars.  It’ll be interesting to see how the numbers swing if Cleveland can steal Game 1 or Game 2 on the road.  Happy betting…