Category Archives: Nice Mug

Miller vs Miller

Miller High Life : Miller Brewing Co. : Lager Miller Genuine Draft : Miller Brewing Co. : Lager Recently, back on prom night, my friend Robert took his date to a pre-prom dinner at the Steak & Ale.  He picked … Continue reading

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Schlitz, thank you.

Schlitz : JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst) : Lager Schlitz, thank you. Yes, Schlitz baby. The same Schlitz they used to advertise being brewed in the big tanks on Route 78, on the road home. The very same Schlitz that, … Continue reading

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Home Again

Rolling Rock Extra Pale : Latrobe Brewing / Anheuser-Busch : Lager I’m back in Pennsylvania, back in the basement, digging out the soaked, and ripping down nineteen-seventies eighth-inch faux paneling. My brother Don and I pile stuff on the curbside … Continue reading

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Wilderness Anxiety

Fishtale Organic Pale : Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub : Pale Ale Union Jack India Pale Ale: Firestone Walker Brewing Company: IPA Salvation : Russian River : Belgian Strong Dark Ale Where you disembark in Port Angeles, there’s a … Continue reading

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Perfection Should be Framed by a Plate and a Glass and by a Glassmaker

Blood Alley ESB : Russell Brewing Company, Ltd. : ESB Mikkiller’s Coffee IPA : Mikkel Borg Bjergsø : IPA A near perfect day on the rock edge of the wild pacific walk and followed by picking up a fresh salmon … Continue reading

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Kayaking with the Beagle

Tofino Pale Ale : Tofino Brewing Company : Pale Ale Vancouver Island Victoria Lager : Vancouver Island Brewing Company : Lager Our guide Ray explains the spiritual preparedness necessary for a whale hunt, the deep time spent in isolation, the … Continue reading

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People in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Close Their Borders

Russell Lemon Ale : Russell Brewing Company, Ltd. :Something else ??? Manny’s Pale Ale : Georgetown Brewing Company : Pale Ale Crooked Coast Amber Ale : Driftwood Brewery : Amber Damnation : Russian River Brewing Company : Pale Ale (Belgian and then … Continue reading

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Lost in the Portland Aegean

Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale : Fort George Brewery and Public House : Pale Ale Sierra Celebration 2010 : Sierra Nevada : IPA Oatmeal Pale Ale : Burnside Brewing Co. : Pale Ale Reed College has tricked us.  Perhaps they learned … Continue reading

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Wild Bee Physics

Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat : Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver’s : Wheat Honey makes mead.  Stated perhaps more accurately, mead uses honey as an essential ingredient.  Without honey, mead would be some kind of proto-beer.  So add honey to beer and…it’s … Continue reading

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Up on the Roof

Del Borgo Enkir : Birra Del Borgo :  Pale Ale (Belgian style) “In the garden,” says my friend Genie, “chasing butterflies on a spring afternoon, like a playdate for young children in French gardens with the smell of herbs, and … Continue reading

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