The Districts "If Before I Wake" Questions Mortality

A whisper-like chant, or a monotone drone, begins the song… “Thunder woke me up, it was storming in the city, I was suddenly wide awake The listener is placed in the room of a person who has awoken to thunder. Sitting in the darkness but my eyes, they had adjusted, I was on my own,... Read more »

Hippo Campus Shows Growth on Latest LP "Landmark"

My love for Hippo Campus grows. As it does, I’m seeing a metamorphosis from straightforward rock to progressive compositions. Start with Bashful Creatures (2014) and the anthemic “Suicide Saturday,” the bouncy “Sophie So,” and the beautiful “Souls.” There was a lot of starting and stopping. Fast forward to their latest release Landmark (2017), and the... Read more »

Fall For Half Acre's "Chub Step" Porter (2016)

Fall For Half Acre's "Chub Step" Porter (2016)
Half Acre releases their Chub Step Porter once a year, at the end of September, and it’s good. But give it a year to sit, open, and let it breathe. What you now have is a roasty, fall treat. It pours black as night, but the head twists and turns into what looks like a... Read more »
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Wanna Get Away? Here's Your Exit Strategy

Wanna Get Away? Here's Your Exit Strategy
Exit Strategy brewing in Forest Park is the perfect place for a quick getaway. If that escape from life leads to brunch, lunch, or dinner, they’ve got you covered. “What about the beer,” you ask? Well, I wouldn’t be writing this blog if the ale wasn’t good. The understated brick building sits along the already... Read more »

Dent May Covers "Right Down The Line" (Gerry Rafferty)

Dent May Covers "Right Down The Line" (Gerry Rafferty)
Satellite radio plays some of the coolest music that you wish terrestrial radio was playing. If it wasn’t for SiriusXMU, I wouldn’t have known that Dent May covered one of my all time favorite songs, “Right Down The Line,” by Gerry Rafferty. He doesn’t “toy” with the song he says, or change the arrangement. What... Read more »

Pipeworks "Batata Obscura" 2014: The Best Pumpkin Beer That Wasn't

Pipeworks "Batata Obscura" 2014: The Best Pumpkin Beer That Wasn't
The best pumpkin beer of the year so far. Or is it? Not really billed as a pumpkin beer, Pipework’s Batata Obscura is a sweet potato beer, inspired by the Puerto Rican dessert, Nisperos de Batata. Packed full of flavors like cinnamon, coconut, figs, honey, nutmeg, pecans, and raisins. Once it warms up you get... Read more »
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Getting Your Laptop Back After Leaving It At The Airport

Getting Your Laptop Back After Leaving It At The Airport
This is an update to a story I wrote last week: Losing Your Laptop At An Airport Security Checkpoint. I GOT MY LAPTOP COMPUTER BACK! After leaving my laptop behind at the airport security checkpoint in Orlando, I did get it back. We had to pay $40 to have them ship it to us. It was... Read more »

Hippo Campus Performs Energetic Set At 'Lolla 2017

Hippo Campus Performs Energetic Set At 'Lolla 2017
I have become a fan of Hippo Campus by way of their energetic, 2017 ‘Lolla performance. I was streaming highlights from the Red Bull channel, and I hear these Jerry Garcia guitar leads bouncing happily over rock riffs, which got me interested. What really hooked me were the vocal melodies. “Suicide Saturday?” It sounded anthemic, and... Read more »

Two Schlafly Beers For Fall: Oktoberfest '13 vs Porter '13

Two Schlafly Beers For Fall: Oktoberfest '13 vs Porter '13
Schlafly Porter from September 2013 brewed at 4:32pm. I’m drinking this beer about the same time it was brewed, 4 years later. I open the bottle on a crisp, windy day and the smell of chocolate wafts out. Just poured, and still cold, I’m getting the flavor of Rootbeer Barrel candy, and Iced Java. Next... Read more »
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Losing Your Laptop At An Airport Security Checkpoint

Losing Your Laptop At An Airport Security Checkpoint
I pay for TSA PreCheck, where you don’t take your laptop out of your bag. You don’t take your shoes off, and you don’t take your belt off. You only take metal things off and out of your pockets. But, because we had a double stroller, we were ushered over to the handicap lane, where... Read more »