Category: Food and Drink



I saw this picture at Reddit. Based on what I’ve seen on the Internet, I think the sign is legit. If more sports venues were reasonable like this, I’d take my family to a lot more events.

The Master

I suspect that every person can concentrate on one particular area, develop a ridiculous amount of expertise in that area, then make a living/killing out of it. The trick is two-fold: (1) Finding an area that you can, indeed, master. If I, for instance, were to decide to master basketball, I would never play in the NBA, much less dominate it. The chosen area has to be within reach, so the selection requires a degree of self-awareness, which involves a measure of humility. (2) Dedicate a lot of time and energy to it, largely to the exclusion of other things you might rather be doing. This, too, requires a dose of humility: putting aside your own interests in pursuit of something else. “In the intellectual order,” Simone Weil pointed out, “the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.

With that in mind, I set out a year ago to master Albert Jay Nock. Now, to master Nock, I needed to master other things: the 1920s, the New Deal, WWI, U.S. history, anarchism. And on and on. So my “narrow” field of expertise kind of broadened, which was fine. Time consuming, but fine. The real problem, of course, is that I lack the necessary humility, so my studies into Nock have been derailed repeatedly over the past six months. footnote

But what glory might await a person who wisely selects his subject and sticks to it! Actually, I don’t know what glories await such a man. My hunch is, ridicule awaits such a man: … Read the rest



Public service announcement: The Ohio Craft Brewers Association is looking for an Executive Director. Go here for more information. I would apply, but I fear my gluten disorder and love for the Wolverines disqualify me. * * * * * * * Man, I need a drink. In my annual NCAA auction (an alternative to the confusion that is bracketology), I bought Davidson, Pittsburgh, Bucknell, Valparaiso, and St. Mary’s. Based on the auction prices, three of those teams were favorites yesterday and they all lost. * * * * * * * I hope the weather warms up soon (more on that tomorrow). I’m not going to have any money to eat. * * * * * * * Just drink. * * * * * * * Good thing we’re heading into Holy Week and fasting. * * * * * * * Americans are stupid. Exhibit A: Federal government and they way we let it run all over us, fooling ourselves into thinking that voting makes a significant difference at the national level. Exhibit B: Our taste in beers. Here’s a list of the ten beers that Americans think are the best. Five of them are absolute swill. Of the other five, only one of them for sure qualifies as a good beer (Sam Adams). (One other, Yuengling, might be alright; I’ve never tasted it; and Guinness has my respect, if not my palate.) The other three are middling, at best. * * * * * * * Corporate America is getting something right: Beer Cart Fridays. This small perk provides free beer to employees on Fridays. Now, it sounds like employees are often limited to one, so that kinda sucks, but hey, it’s a small step in a good direction. I’ll take a … Read the rest


The best vodka this side of the Pecos River now has a finished tasting room (well, almost finished). This is a pic I took of the outside two weeks ago. If you’re in the area, stop out. It’s a unique drinking experience.


Middle age have you down? Drink more: “A study finds that those who drink in moderation – no more than 14 drinks a week and no more than three a day for women and four a day for men – have better overall scores [with respect to quality of life] than those who abstain completely.” Link.

Three observations:

1. Of course.
2. Is it me, or are these “alcohol is good for you” stories increasing in frequency?
3. Has anyone else noticed that the volume of alcohol in the stories appears to be increasing? It seems that they used to say “a single glass of red wine” with dinner can be good for your heart. And then it was, “a beer or two” can help with X or Y. And now with this story, men are up to four drinks a day. That’s pretty cool.

It kinda reminds me of the huge caffeine push over at Bottom Line. In the past month, I’ve seen them tout the benefits of five cups of coffee a day and 5-to-15 cups of green tea a day (yes, 15). (Not necessarily 5 coffees and 15 cups of teas; they were separate articles.)

My doctor also tells me I should be drinking, at a minimum, 80 ounces of water every day.

So let’s recap my daily liquid consumption requirements:

48 Ounces of Beer
80 Ounces of Water
75 Ounces of Green Tea

That puts me over 200 ounces a day, plus the occasional soda, juice, and fluids from fruits.

I’m … Read the rest



Looking for some good summer brews? Check out this list. The beer blogger recommends Brooklyn Lager, which is a fine beer. In fact, it might become my summer mainstay, since I’m pretty sure wheat beers collide harshly with my gluten intolerance. With BL, though, I should be in good hands:

Brooklyn Lager from the Brooklyn Brewery is a personal favorite. I often grab some of this throughout the year at local liquor stores, but during the summer this refreshing pre-Prohibition-style lager (meaning all barley malt, no adjuncts), is a staple of mine. If you’re a fan of the recent craft can revolution, this is available in both cans and bottles.

But could one of my favorite beers be in jeopardy? The owner president of Brooklyn Brewery penned an editorial for the New York Daily News, expressing concerns that New York’s craft beer industry is threatened with death by taxation:

[A]n excise tax exception that had largely been responsible for the craft-brewing renaissance will be eliminated.

The incentive had exempted New York-based breweries from paying state and city excise tax on their first 200,000 barrels of production (one barrel is about 14 cases of beer).

Brooklyn Brewery is on target to brew about 180,000 barrels this year. The ruling will cost us nearly $600,000 in new taxes.

Wow, that really sucks, especially if they pass along those costs to this drinker in Michigan.


You know what the most-common last words are for Wisconsin decedents? “Here, hold my beer. Watch this.”

If you’re inclined to join the drunken skunks from badger country, check out this list of beer festivals. … Read the rest


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It’s one of the best collegiate developments in decades: Beer is coming to college stadiums. “Beer is sold to the average fan at 22 of 120 major college football stadiums — more than twice as many as a decade ago — as schools search for new sources of revenue and, in some cases, counter intuitive ways to curb alcohol abuse. In the past month, Akron and Minnesota gained approval to sell beer at football games this fall, with the Gophers becoming the first school in the Big Ten to tap the keg.”

Of course, Ohio State and Michigan are too arrogant to condescend to allow alcohol in their stadiums: “Officials at Ohio State and Michigan, two of the country’s richest athletic departments with fans that regularly sell out their 100,000-plus seat football stadiums, said the issue is off the table. Both schools also ban beer advertisements and alcohol in the suites. ‘I understand why Akron is doing it,’ OSU athletic director Gene Smith said. ‘They’re trying to do it to enhance their atmosphere. We just don’t need to do that.'”

But then again, West Virginia doesn’t really need to enhance their atmosphere. From what I’ve heard, their fans are pretty rabid already, but they’ve eschewed the Puritan mindset . . . to the tune $520,000 in net profits last year. Those profits can be funneled back into fancier facilities to attract athletes, just as Oregon has used Phil Knight’s generous donations to build the best facilities in the United States (each football player with a video game console in his locker), and now they’re one of the premier programs in the land.

My prediction: UM and OSU will relent after the rest of the Big Ten gets wet. Hat off to Minnesota’s Golden Goofers for … Read the rest


Friday Drinking Thoughts

“[C]onversation, hilarity and drink are connected in a profoundly human, peculiarly intimate way.” Kingsley Amis. Amen to that. It’s no doubt a thought that all the world’s great drinkers, including Chesterton and Belloc, would agree with.

Amis would go on to mention that “no such healthy linkage exists in the case of other drugs.” I’d also agree with that, as would Chesterton, which is one reason he condemned absinthe and why he would not be a fan of marijuana. Now, I’m not saying that I’m a fan of the continued criminalization of marijuana (I’m not; I have joined the ranks of those who think the cost of the drug wars are too great for the comparatively-small harm that would be done by marijuana’s legalization)., I am, however, saying that marijuana and drink aren’t the same thing and only a moron would lump them together. … Read the rest



Walgreens is getting rid of wine. Marie picked me up these bottles of Liberty Creek sweet red. Pretty sweet find. I plan on cracking one tonight, unless I opt for the Barefoot sweet red that Walgreens was also blowing out.

Brutal week. Due to some administrative incompetence, a cracked tooth turned into an infected tooth, so I had to go in for an unexpected root canal yesterday morning. Kinda ruined my day. I felt drinking last night, but I was just too whipped. I ended up going to bed before 9:00.

We’ve all seen the articles about how moderate drinking improves your health, but did you know it also improves your thinking? Now that’s revolutionary, but it might true: “Drinking alcohol may enhance a person’s problem solving skills, according to a new study. Scientists found that men who either drank two pints of beer or two glasses of wine before solving brain teasers not only got more questions right, they also were quicker in delivering correct answers, compared to men who answered the questions sober.”

I plan on solving a few riddles tonight. … Read the rest


It’s been years since I spent more than $10 on a bottle of wine, but I bought this bottle a bottle of Marietta Old Vine earlier this week. I’m waiting for a special occasion to drink it. I suspect the special occasion will arrive in a week or less.

TDE Reader tip: Go to Google Books and check out the Wine and Spirits Bulletin. It has some great old ads. * * * * * * * Peanut butter and jelly? Cotton candy? Bacon? Here are seven weird vodkas. * * * * * * * That’s it for today. I took Marie to the Bruce Springsteen concert last night in Detroit, leaving little opportunity for blogging.

(I removed the picture, incidentally, when I realized that there was a copyright notice on it.)Read the rest