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Energy City Has Found Its Niche With "Bistro" Series

Energy City Has Found Its Niche With "Bistro" Series
Energy City has found its niche with smoothie beers. This “Bistro” series is something special, showcasing all sorts of flavors from Blackberry Pancakes to Peach Crumble. If you can imagine it, Energy City is brewing it, and here’s the thing: they are GOOD! “I’ll take you to the candy shop/Boy one taste of what I... Read more »

It's Time For Major League Baseball To Give Back

It's Time For Major League Baseball To Give Back
It’s time for baseball to give back. Yes, the MLB. I’m talking about you Major League Baseball. The billion-dollar owners and the million-dollar players. You need to play for us this season. After all, without us, there is no you. As a kid, I spent all my money on baseball cards and baseball games. Let’s... Read more »

Hothouse Flowers Sound Like The Longpigs

Hothouse Flowers Sound Like The Longpigs
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Yes, this is a joke. The Longpigs sound like the Hothouse Flowers, not the other way around. But I found The Longpigs first. I’d always known of the Hothouse Flowers, and even liked a few songs of theirs from the ’80s, but I didn’t collect their albums... Read more »
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"Cinco De Mayo" Was A Liz Phair Song

"Cinco De Mayo" Was A Liz Phair Song
“Cinco de Mayo,” that was a Liz Phair song, from Whitechocolatespaceegg, her third record, released in 1998. It was a great time in my life. I had the whole world before me, but I squandered it. Unaware of the march of time, I thought I had forever? How do you prepare for the future if... Read more »

Cellar Dweller: New Holland 2010 "Milk Stout"

Cellar Dweller: New Holland 2010 "Milk Stout"
If you’ve read any of my latest Cellar Dweller posts, you know I’m cleaning out the proverbial beer closet. Anything from 2015 or earlier, has come home to roost. I’m starting to learn that most beers aged five years or more fall off, and lose most of their great qualities. There are some exceptions, like... Read more »

Amy's Candy Bar Delivers Sour Bliss To Chicagoans

Amy's Candy Bar Delivers Sour Bliss To Chicagoans
During the pandemic, with the shelter in place order, we rarely go to stores. We’ve had everything from groceries to beer delivered, and now, candy. For Easter, my wife gave the girls and I each a specialized bag of candy, beautifully wrapped in cellophane with pretty stickers, from Amy’s Candy Bar, here in Ravenswood. I... Read more »
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Cellar Dweller: Hoppin' Frog Brewing 2015 "Frosted Frog Christmas Ale"

Cellar Dweller: Hoppin' Frog Brewing 2015 "Frosted Frog Christmas Ale"
I’ve always frowned upon Christmas beers of any sort. Just like pumpkin beers, save for a special few, brewers throw too many spices into them. But, yesterday I drank a Christmas Porter, 2018 Alpha Klaus from Three Floyds that was drinking well, and today we’re drinking a 2015 Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin’ Frog,... Read more »

Temperance Beer Co: 2015 "Might Meets Right" Double Rye Russian Imperial BA Stout

Temperance Beer Co: 2015 "Might Meets Right" Double Rye Russian Imperial BA Stout
Look, it’s time to bring out the whales. Are we living on borrowed time? Who knows? But now is the time to raid the cellar. I know HopButcher just released two new beers today, but I need to break out all the goodies I’ve been saving. There is no better time. Tonight we opened a... Read more »

Better Call Saul - "The Winner Takes It All" Speech

Better Call Saul - "The Winner Takes It All" Speech
This is one of those speeches that really struck a nerve with me, “The Winner Takes It All.” “Winner” is the tenth and final episode of the fourth season of the AMC television series Better Call Saul. -Wiki If you don’t know Better Call Saul, you need to know that Jimmy McGill, now known as... Read more »
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Cellar Dweller: 2015 Begyle Brewing "Dr. Dreidel's Imperial Chanukah Porter"

Cellar Dweller: 2015 Begyle Brewing "Dr. Dreidel's Imperial Chanukah Porter"
This cellar dweller pulled out a special beer for the church book club discussion of How To Be An AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi. A bomber of Begyle Brewing’s “Dr. Dreidel’s Imperial Chanukah Porter, from 2015.” I wanted something big enough to stand up to the tough conversation that lay ahead, but approachable enough for... Read more »