Category Archives: BEER

8° Plato: What the Brewhaha is All About

I just love that new bar smell. Frankly, I don’t particularly object to that old bar smell either—the ones where the stale beer mingles with wet cardboard and overflowing toilets from a septic backup and  indelible redolence of generations of … Continue reading

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Barack Buggers Big Beer: Bravo!

When it comes to learning new words, I am pretty much on the fence.  Like, I vacillate.  It would seem that my inbred, Leonardo-level lust for learning—the product of a nearly bionic brain and a four-digit IQ (not to brag, … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Ale: For The Mind, Ichabody And Soul

If I said that most pumpkin ales don’t contain pumpkin, you’d say I was nuts. On the other hand, if I served you a piece of pumpkin pie without any sugar and spice, you’d also say I was nuts. That’s … Continue reading

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What Is The TRUE Meaning Of Oktoberfest, Charlie Brown?

As mid-autumn in the Midwest moves musty mounds of maple matter to our midden-heaps, München remains but a memory and Frankenmuth, a mere flashback. But Oktoberfest should live year round in our hearts and steins, our souls and our livers. … Continue reading

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Are Traverse City Lambic Brewers Up Shit’s Kriek?

Excuse me; I know I’m a bad man who in the afterlife will never make it out of the flaming tombs of Dante’s Sixth Circle, where I will lament forever with such heretics as Epicurus and Cavalcante de’ Cavalcanti. But … Continue reading

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Give Me Liberty, Or In A Pinch—Give Me Another Round

‘Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.’ – Benjamin Franklin ‘And I love you, too, God.  No, I really do, buddy; I love you.  And this isn’t the beer talking either; I mean … Continue reading

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Zima, Why Can’t I Quit You?

I have a friend called Cori who recently asked me for some bourbon advice because she planned to give her boyfriend a fifth of small batch for his birthday, and although she’d already found the liquor, she was iffy on giving … Continue reading

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