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Archive for January, 2010

People are doing strange things to beer. And I’m not just talking about Dogfish Brewery in Delaware, adding juniper berries and “cardamom, coriander, ginger, allspice, rampe leaves, lemongrass, curry powder, and black tea, custom blended …  in India” then fermenting their beer in ironwood barrel staves, for the pungent flavor of the oils imparted.

Across the continent, on the comparatively brewing traditional left coast, I went to a Winter Brews Festival yesterday, and early on I stood in line and enjoyed watching a guy try to order Russian River Brewery’s Rejection  Ale. “When they ask if they can have Rejection,” one of the bartenders informed another, “tell them no.”

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After the police arrived in force and investigated the scene, per my prior post, they finally let us go out, after 3 a.m., and pull our Honda CRV forward to see how bad the damage was.

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 The bars close at 2 a.m. in most of California. I know this because 2 a.m. is all too often when the wacky stuff happens.  (more…)

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A Frothy Experiment Works

 Among my recurring expenses when I brew is buying yeast. Yeast is alive, and brewing beer is a controlled population explosion and collapse—the little single-celled organisms giving their lives that we might also live, and live more happily, too.

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 We saw a good movie over Christmas. Strong cast. Interesting plot. Gorgeous sets. And one of the best things about the experience was that I was well-prepared, before going in, for the worst of it.  (more…)

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 People have asked me to be honest. I had one, two, three requests last Fall, and I had a notion for a post, too, to revisit some prior ruminations on honesty, and humanity, and I did … nothing.

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The missus and I went out recently with a friend and former coworker of hers, whom I’ll call R, and whose parents were in town. From Texas, where they live just outside Austin.

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