I told myself I was going to try to keep my Oscar posts a little shorter this year. So far, well... Here are your 2017 Academy Award nominees!
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
I'm behind on my top-of-ticket viewing so far this year, having seen
I'll be honest about this: I love awards, and awards shows, and basically anything where various things are declared "the best." A big part of this is that I also love to declare things "the best," and to argue when other people declare the wrong things "the best." I'm excited
That's right! You! Have a damn cookie. It's been five days since New Year's Day, which I think is long enough that I can now safely say it's 2017. It wasn't easy, but you made it. Beer helped, probably, but in the end, the credit belongs to you. Thanks to
Hello, Commentists! Sorry for my absence these past two weeks, but I was out wandering the woods with Hillary Clinton last week and couldn't find a signal. Did you know she wrestled a grizzly bear out there? Mainstream media won't talk about it. I don't know what they've got against her.
Even in a pretty miserable year—and let's not kid ourselves: this has been, by any measure, a pretty miserable year on the global scale—I've got a lot to be thankful for. Most of all, of course, there's my beautiful fiancée lady snow, to whom I became formally engaged this past
Come on in, folks. Have a seat at the bar. We're talking beer again today, but we're also talking anything else you want to talk about. We've got a couple of top-25 matchups tonight, with #10 Nebraska at #6 Ohio State and #1 Alabama probably steamrolling the absolute shit out
Austin's best annual beer event is happening again today. The Draught House Anniversary Party is the kind of shindig that only a decades-old pub and brewery, with a decades-old pub and brewery's connections, can throw. Every year they roll out a stacked beer list. Everything's a special release or something aged
The worst thing about this time of year, to me—at least in non-election years, Jesus Christ am I sick of that shit—is waiting for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to release its famous winter fresh hop IPA, Celebration. The ongoing seasonal creep in beer releases means now's about the time the winter
I was a little sick last week, so both the Beer Barrel and my actual drinking were somewhat abbreviated, and this review is going up very, very late. But better late than never, right? Right? If you'd prefer never, please don't tell me. Let's talk about beer instead.
Avery Brewing in Boulder,
Disclosure: A couple of weeks ago I was invited to, and attended, a bottle share hosted by Goose Island employees. I got to try some pretty sweet out-of-market beers and got a free glass (pictured), T-shirt, and bottle opener out of the bargain. I'm committed to transparency in the Beer Barrel
This year's Oktoberfest opened in Bavaria just about two weeks ago. Most of Oktoberfest every year takes place in September, just like you'd expect, and it coincides nicely with the start of fall in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere that aren't the burning hellscape of Central Texas. Here, daily highs
"We'll be last brewery in the US to use aluminum cans," Lagunitas founder Tony Maguire tweeted in 2012. Maguire was shocked by the excesses of the aluminum industry, an earth-destroying enterprise preying on developing economies and potentially displacing good, sustainable, silica-based manufacturing of glass beer vessels. Or that's what it