Tag: Beer

Leaving Money on the Table

 

JY and I have just returned from a three-week vacation to Scotland. First 10 days or so were spent in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Greenock, Inverness visiting family and some site-seeing; last 10 days on a golf trip with 48 other people (38 golfers who play an annual tournament usually in California and 12 wives/girl friends). The golf trip began in St Andrews, then traveled to Dornoch, then south to No Berwick, then home.

We had an amazing run of luck with both the weather (warm! sunny!)  and transportation (planes, trains, automobiles and buses) until our return home. A delay in Edinburgh resulted in a missed connection, which resulted in an unplanned night in the biggest, most generic, bordering-on-creepy hotel near Heathrow in London. We arrived at LAX a day late without two pieces of luggage, which will hopefully arrive within the next day or two. Heathrow, thanks to staff shortages, seems to be a huge choke point for international travel; many in our group were missing luggage (and tragically, some golf clubs) upon their arrival in Scotland.

Beer and Loathing in Minocqua

 

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post in this style because “leftists at craft breweries” is not exactly a shocking new development, and I’m generally able to shrug these things off. When it’s all you see, you sort of get used to it.

That said, @dnewlander brought this one to my attention a couple of days ago, and this one did hit me hard. If I had to guess why, it’s because I actually know this place and therefore it hits closer to home for me. And so like a song that won’t get out of your head, I’m writing a post. If it doesn’t get it out of my head I can at least share the misery.

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[A glitch of some sort rendered all the links invalid. Thanks to an alert reader pointing this out, I’ve fixed all the links and the fix seems to be sticking.] Baijiu* shot: The Washington Post launched a clumsy attack on a woman, the governor of South Dakota, because she is a Republican and her ideas on […]

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It’s So Shmoooth!

 

“That champagne velvety taste, So shmoooth!”
Champagne Velvet Beer radio commercial, 1940s-1950s

If you listen to old-time radio shows, and if the person posting them leaves the ads in, you will eventually run across this ad from a mid-sized regional brewer in Terre Haute, IN. The brand survived Prohibition, then faltered in the great brewery consolidation era, eventually reformulating as a high-alcohol malt liquor before failing and then having their brand revived as a retro-craft beer by Upland Brewing. The ad pitchman’s delivery of the “so shmoooth” line in a slightly nasal tone, with smooth changed to a drawn out shhmoooth, produced a great earworm … which came back to mind when I saw a Korean beer in my local Korean supermarket.

Your Government Inaction: TSA and Beer

 

I just returned from visiting family and friends in New Mexico. On these trips, I always have an extra suitcase so I can bring back brews not available in The Great State of Texas.™ In order to not lose any of the precious liquid, I wrap the individual beer cans in newspaper, put them in quart Zip-Lock® bags, then put three or four at a time in gallon freezer bags.

I’ve been doing this for several years without incident or spillage. In March, the Southwest Airlines® desk agent asked why my case was so heavy. When I showed him, he bawled me out for not putting enough padding around the cans. He made me wrap my clothing around the gallon bags and slapped a “FRAGILE: HANDLE WITH CARE” sticker on the side of my suitcase.

So this time, I put the double-bagged cans in padded carriers. When I arrived home and opened the suitcase, everything fell out in a heap. All of the cans of beer had been removed from the closed carriers and sealed bags, then returned higgity-piggity. None of the plastic bags had been resealed, and the zippered partition between the halves of the suitcase had not been closed. There was a slip of paper in the case stating, “You’ve been inspected, have no fear.” Apparently, TSAIGA is not concerned about beer spilling all over the interior of the airplane cargo hold.

Forgotten Debates

 

With all the focus on current issues, I was reminded recently that it is possible to lose focus on the timeless debates, that might not have a true answer but must be considered in order to have perspective on where we’ve come from to where we’re going.

I’m speaking, of course, on the ancient struggle between “Great Taste” and “Less Filling.” Now, I can’t say which is the correct perspective, nor would I presume to tell other people what they should think. What I can do is provide information on how great thinkers of the past considered the question, and thereby perhaps help others gain insight on the question.

How to Build a Computer 28: Video Edition!

 

Coming to you taped from the Wastes of Wisconsin Winter we present a special video edition of how to build a computer. In this post I take apart a hard drive and look at the bits piece by piece. Thrills, chills, blood and laughter, folks this film has it all! And at a price so low I’m practically giving it away.

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The other day I put up a post about my experience in the Soviet Union and compared that to what Bernie Sanders had to say after his trip to the USSR. In the comments someone mentioned that Sanders said we had too many choices in America, something that you do not see when central planners […]

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Friday Food and Drink Post: The Beer Necessities

 

I’m an ale girl myself. With special attention paid to Arrogant Bastard from Stone Brewing Company on the West coast. I discovered this glorious beverage in, of all places, Washington PA, at Roland’s Trattoria, a small family restaurant run by our dear friends and neighbors Roland and Cheryl, and increasingly by their “beer snob” son Vince, God bless him. (Pro tip: Roland’s fried zucchini appetizer cannot be beat. Cheryl’s Italian Cream Pie, with cherries, ain’t bad, either.) But I digress. Back to the beer. Just as much as I love the beer, and the name, I love the motto printed on the front of every bottle–“YOU’RE NOT WORTHY”– and the patter that goes with it, printed on the back:

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Yep, we rolled back into town from our trip just as Florence arrived. Now we have Michael ready to blow through here tomorrow.  So I guess I’ll have to go to the store and load up on beer. Speaking of which, it looks as if Natural Light has the right idea to make pre-hurricane stocking […]

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“Major League Soccer.” Isn’t that an oxymoron? While I recognize that soccer talent is nonuniformly distributed, that yes some soccer is more skillful than other soccer, already I am overthinking this. Overthinking should be limited by the weight, if any, of its subject. “Pakistan” and “strategic” in the same sentence. If your strategy depends on […]

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Amidst the confusion of today’s Catholic Church, there are voices that speak out clearly and distinctly. I profiled one of these voices here (where Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands,  penned a commentary wherein he hammered the German episcopate and Pope Francis for playing fast and loose with giving Holy Communion to Protestant spouses […]

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My favorite things have stood the test of time. They would have been included on this list at any point during my adult life. There are other near-favorites that might have been mentioned at different times, but have receded a bit due mainly to a lack of new material. In this category I include things […]

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Yeah, sure, thanks to the RNC-Ricochetti-CoC-Editors-Mother-Hens (you know who you are, cough @majestyk, cough @fredcole) most of our conversation at Beer NV, Reno’s finest micro-brew dispensary, will have to be blurred out. So in case any of us run for President in 2024, A.H. (After Hillary), our hetero-normal-misogynistic-patriarchal-locker-room comments will remain off the record. So […]

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