Friday, July 31, 2009

Beer Nerds

This sort of thing happens often enough that of course the Onion had to take a dig at it....

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Beer Fixes All Problems

Much has been made over the Henry Louis Gates and James Crowley flap--the officer arresting the black Harvard professor, cries of racism, and President Obama foolishly getting involved (if there was a stand to be taken on the issue of racial profiling and injustice, I can imagine there are far better cases out there than a shouting match between a Harvard man and a cop who felt disrespected). But, as always, this situation may be resolved the best way how--with a beer at the White House.

Personally, if I'm ever invited to the White House for a beer (it so too could happen!) I'd probably ask for a Schenkerla Rauchbier Marzen, as the smoky good taste would put me in a right conciliatory mood--and maybe the President would learn a thing or too about great German ales! But if for photo-op purposes we can only drink American beers, I'd go with something solid like Yuengling or Gearys.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Signs of the Recession

Well, the economy has certainly been having its effect on the quality of beer people are drinking. Ultimately this may result in some downward pressure on the price of good beer. But it's not great news for those in the industry.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hangover Cures

If you're like me, and unfortunately you probably are, you experience hangovers on a fairly frequent basis. If you don't get hangovers, it's probably because (a) you're young with a high metabolism that burns off alchohol quickly, so wait a few years and you'll know my suffering; (b) you're an Islamic Mormon who has never tasted the sweet elixir of booze, preferring instead your culture's allowing you to have several wives, in which case stop gloating; or (c) you're a wussy drinker who has one Cape Cod and calls it a night, in which case go back to Russia (in which case good luck, since the Russians probably won't have you either). So what to do about the dreaded hangover?

I've liked to go with the "ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure" plan, by working a fair amount of water into my system the night before, and allowing for several hours of uninterrupted sleep. Also, I find it helps to avoid low-grade drinks with lots of impurities, as those tend to be more painful for me (though some of that could be psychological). But ultimately, the morning hits you, and you often still are hurting. Sometimes a dip in a pool can help--the cold water has a way of soothing the entire body, and this helps the headache--but often there is no pool around or it's winter. That's when a greasy meal (bacon, eggs, more bacon) comes in handy (and chicken fried steak seals the deal), and a good milkshake with banana in it can work wonders.

In the comments section below, share your own advice for curing hangovers.