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Saturnalia Princeps

‘Tis the season… I had forgotten all about this until I was poking around in my Amazon account settings: 77 of 84 people found the following review helpful.

I’ll be in St. Louis from December 26th until January 1st. To anyone I won’t see, happy holidays!

iLife Media Browser Woes

I’m not sure if it was 10.6 or iLife ’09 that introduced the Media Browser, but it’s pretty handy. In a nutshell, you can access your media directly from the API-standard file dialogs. It’s a lot easier to show than it is to explain:

Since I do a lot of uploading photos into WordPress, [...]

Happy Brew Year!

I have it on good authority that Santa will be bringing me a pump and/or grain mill this Christmas, so the odds are good I’ll be brewing my first self-sufficient batch by the New Year. My only dilemma is, what should it be?

My go-to “house” recipe, Behold a Pale Ale. My other house recipe, [...]

The Last Eulogy I Hope I Ever Write

Friends, it saddens me to have to put something like this in words, but I want everyone to know that if I seem distant or sad or even angry in the coming days and weeks, it’s because I lost a good friend tonight.

At about four in the afternoon, while editing a spreadsheet, the right [...]

Unholy Trinity Tasting Notes

I’ve opened my first bottle of Unholy Trinity to kick off the holiday season, and if I may indulge my ego for a moment: nailed it.

It’s quite a bit clearer than the photo shows (I really need to figure out a good way to take them with a nice white light behind the glass) [...]

Blending Beer and Wine

I’ve always wanted to take a picture like this.

Monday night my dad and I had sort of an impromptu tasting of some wine/beer combinations. I don’t know much about wines, but I’ve been thinking that something that has a lot of fruity esters, but not much in the way of tannins, could bring [...]

Things I Hate #7: Atwater Block Brewery

Pro Tip: Beware products that are advertised with the tagline “SAVE YOURSELF!“. Also, never ever buy anything brewed by Atwater Block of Detroit. And if, in a fit of masochism, you do buy one of their beers, be sure to open it over a sink.

Last summer I picked up a six-pack of their IPA. [...]

The Moscow Rules, Part 2

This is Chapter 2 of a ten-part novella. I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to read Chapter 1 first.

The Moscow Rules

Chapter 2: Never go against your gut.

     Mikhail Fyodorovich Tulenko loved being a spy. In a circuitous, uniquely Soviet way, it was in his blood. As recently as his grandparents’ generation, Tulenko [...]

Batch 25 Tasting Notes

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Very nearly a year after brewing, I opened my first bottle of Batch 25.

I’m not quite sure how to describe this beer. If a fallen angel had sex with Summer Glau, and their love child was an alcoholic, this is what his urine would taste like. In a good way.



I’m bringin’ sexy back.