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A photo of Bill Blass December 26, 2008

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The NYT has an article on the discontinuation of the Bill Blass collection. I’m not all that interested in the world of high couture, but I was intrigued by the black-and-white photo of Mr Blass that accompanied the article. (more…)

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Hearty stew recipe December 8, 2008

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This is a very approximate recipe, as I wasn’t the cook.  We made it during while brewing beer a week ago. (more…)

Big Homebrewing Rig December 1, 2008

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A few years ago, my friends John and Dave decided they wanted to brew large batches of beer.  So they built a really big rig.  Every time they brew, they invite a few friends and neighbors to help out.  I’ve been coming for a few years now.  This time, John explained everything to Glenn, a first time visitor.

A few good beers December 1, 2008

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Every so often, I get invited to a friend’s house to brew some beer.  Being a good guest, I try to bring an interesting gift.  This time I procrastinated until late the night before, then ran to Friar Tuck, a local beverage store.  Wandering the aisles, I finally found some Bourbon County Stout by Goose Island Beer Company.  This is a seriously good beer, at a serious price.  A four-pack was almost $20, but I have to say it’s worth every penny.  The first sniff confirms what the label tells you, that this beer was aged in bourbon barrels.  And it’s so thick and dark it makes a Guiness look like an ale.  Buy one of these, you’ll not regret it.