Bob Inglis is no longer the U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district and it’s a shame. Inglis is the poster boy for those of us believe in pursuing nuanced disagreements and respectful differences. He was opposed by Tea Party supported Trey Gowdy who easily won the runoff election with 70% of the vote to Inglis’ 30%. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: December 2010
There’s been a ton of blather about the recent compromise bill between the two major parties, Republicans drew a line in the sand at tax cuts and Dems wanted to extend unemployment benefits. Am I missing something here? Wasn’t last week all about the looming deficit and how the Bowles Simpson plan proposed to address it? Sure it didn’t get the support it needed from it’s own committee (11 of 18 members supported it including 3 republicans) but there was so much in there that was workable, had potential, would be tough to swallow but could yield real results.
I’m unnerved by how fragile a country America appears to have become. Continue reading
Trader Joes had La Fin Du Monde on their shelf and I couldn’t avoid picking up a bottle. I really tried. I did that thing where you reach and stop, hand poised in mid air, desperately trying to convince yourself that you don’t really want that product. You slowly lower your hand continuing your inner conversation while the cranky old fart with the terrible cart-driving skills gets his armpit-high knickers in a twist because he hasn’t figured out how to reverse his wheely contraption in order to get around the stupified dope who’s blocking half the aisle. Continue reading
Founder’s Centennial IPA is a fave of mine and was the first beer reviewed on this blog. Double Trouble is their Imperial IPA and I was beside myself when I saw it at my local liquor store. Myself and I fought over who should pour and who should taste. I won, myself didn’t speak to me for a while. We’re good now. I mean he’s still a douche, but he earns his keep in this body so I can’t argue with that. He’s not allowed to be beside for me for a while. Continue reading
I’ve passed Southern Tier on the shelves for a couple years now but I noted their great packaging and solid design sense. For Thanksgiving I picked up a mixed 12 pack of their Pale Ales. The beers in the box were a Pale Ale, an IPA, a Pale Wheat Ale and an Extraordinary Ale (another Pale Ale). Each four are briefly reviewed here. Continue reading
Yesterday was a sad day for America with the untimely passing of Richard Holbrooke. I’ve watched him, read him and appreciated his nuanced views on foreign policy for the past few years. At the time I wasn’t aware of the part he played in brokering an end to the Bosnian war but I personally saw the consequences. Continue reading
Every year, my very generous company throws a holiday bash. Since there are only four of us and our party usually attracts about 100+ people, it’s a pretty big deal. We’ve had our friends at the awesome Top Dog of Rockport cater for the past couple years and I’m convinced there are a bunch of people who come just for the gourmet dogs. Normally for beer we just go to the liquor store and throw a bunch of mixed packs into the cart and make do. This year, yours truly was mistakenly put in charge of the beer! What did I do? Only order a 15 gallon keg of my favorite session IPA which happens to be Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. Pricey? Indeed. Delicious? Indeedlier! Too much? Waaaaaaaaay tooooooo muuuuuuccchhhhhh. HAHAHAHAAAAA! Continue reading
I’ve grown really fond of Magic Hat since I came across their portfolio a few years back. They make beer fun! They’re a brewery that sets out to add an original twist and a signature flair to their brews and although they don’t always succeed, they impress often enough that I’m usually willing to invest in whatever they’re offering, year round.
I tread carefully with Hefes but I’ve found some fabulous ones that have stuck with me. Franziskaner’s Hefe-Weisse currently occupies the top spot in my book. Erdinger’s Weissbier is really good too. This time it’s Magic Hat’s popular Hefe, Circus Boy. Continue reading
Stone’s IPA is the darling of hopheads far and wide. It’s so adored I feel like I’m venturing into the lions den with this one. So here’s my confession: I’ve tried it multiple times on draft at the beer wonderland Redbones in Davis Sq, Somerville and it totally failed to impress every single time, to the point where I’d had sworn off trying it anymore. Until now. I threw a 12oz into my 6-mix in a last ditch effort to find something endearing. Continue reading
Heavy Seas is a creature of the Clipper City Brewery in Maryland. They break their beers up into three categories based on alcohol content: Clipper Fleet, Pyrate Fleet and Mutiny Fleet. Loose Cannon Hop 3 IPA is in their Pyrate Fleet because of it’s 7.25% alcohol content. Continue reading