Alive's resident TV and beer expert weighs in on a few of his favorite things.

"The Americans"

The best new show to come along in years is FX's "The Americans." About two KGB agents (and icy badass Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) living undercover as husband and wife with two kids in the States during the Cold War, "The Americans" has a number of captivating, intense elements. Bonus points for Rhys' awesome disguises. Does he always have to look like a pedophile? Yes, it's the '80s!

Pappy Van Winkle

There's Kentucky bourbon, and then there's Pappy. It's not available from Ohio retailers, but that's just an excuse for a trip to the Bluegrass state. It's still a tough find due to a high demand and limited supply, but it's worth the effort.

Brews Café

Make a short hop over to Granville to delve into Brews' excellent beer list. You'll be hard-pressed to have only one or two. So stay a while and chow on Brews' excellent comfort food. The Turkey Bacon Cheddar Melt is made with the most flavorful turkey I've ever had. But don't just take my word for it. Brews was named Ohio's No. 1 beer bar in 2012 by in their annual poll.

"How Did This Get Made?"

Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas serve up the most hilarious podcast about movies in the history of the internet. (I can't stop using the term "Bone Zone" now.) Tackling ridiculous movies like "The Room," "Crank 2: High Voltage" and "Anaconda," these three (and a guest) hold nothing back in tearing them apart. But they also offer interesting facts - "Barb Wire" is an allegory for "Casablanca"?!

"Silver Linings Playbook"

My favorite movie of 2012 was nominated by the Academy in each of the six major categories (Picture, Director, Leading Actor/Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress), but will probably only win for Jennifer Lawrence's stellar performance. Bradley Cooper deserves more love for his work in this film. Anyway, I'll be rooting for the sweep this Sunday, and will surely throw my TV out the window if it doesn't happen.