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Heavenly Beef and Guinness Pie

Cool weather is here, and though it wasn’t a typical Texas scorcher this past summer, I’m ready for the comfort foods of autumn. (How hot was it last summer? I hear it made the Jehovah’s Witnesses take up telemarketing.) One of those foods is pot pie, and the pot pie’s close cousin, the pasty.

I recently […]

Singalong! Beer, Beer, Beer, Beer…

Ben Franklin may have missed his chance for beer immortality by never saying the quote that beer lovers everywhere claim for him in his absence. Beer has been a staple for many centuries, and has prevented disease for untold millions over the millennia. Useful stuff, in so many ways. And now there’s evidence beer makes […]

Old News Is Sometimes Good News: Beer, Whiskey & Pork Fat are Good for You

I’ve been sitting on this one for a while now because I didn’t want to be the reason the country exploded into uncontrollable riots. However, it all seems to be true, so I can reveal the news far and wide: Beer, whiskey and pork fat are now health foods! Says so right here. (Hey, it’s […]

Drinks and Snacks on the Deck at McCormick & Schmick’s

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Evenings this time of year are very often pleasant here in central Texas. Temperature at mid-afternoon is steady in the low eighties, so by the time rush hour arrives the air takes on a silky, cooling feel. Breezes are usually light too. Perfect for dining al fresco, […]

St Paddy’s Day: How Lucky ARE the Irish, Exactly?

Let’s see; they get to drink Guinness; they live in a land where, no matter which direction you point your camera you get a picture-postcard; they have Tullamore Dew, for heaven’s sake! Potatoes with every meal (and most snacks), great music in the pubs, and the prettiest redheaded Colleens anywhere on the planet. (With only […]

St. Paddy’s Week is Finally Here!

Get Your Green On! Saint Patrick’s Day is this week. You’ve got as lot to do to get ready, too…

First, get some Guinness. And some corned beef and cabbage. While you’re at it, take out your Irish music recordings. (Or switch to your Irish music channel on Pandora. You DO have one, right?) If you’re […]

There are Some Beers You Should Stop Drinking…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

After age 25, at least. Or so says this article on the Made Man website.

Which ones are they?

Milwaukee’s Best (especially the light abomination, er, version)
Keystone Light (which is Coors Light that’s rejected. True.)
Budweiser (yeah, the king of beers; only the Canadians get the good stuff)
Busch Beer […]

Sexual Chocolate: Are Beer Names Going Too Far?

I’ve noticed quite a Brew-haha (Get it? Man, I crack me up…) stirring on the Web these days around Foothills Brewing’s seasonal Sexual Chocolate Stout. Seems there’s some concern about racism, and maybe racy titles. The beer seems like it’d be tasty, though not to my liking; I don’t care for chocolate in my ale. […]