Beer Review: Grimbergen Abbey Ale


Another selection from Charlie’s Kitchen. Beer: Abbey Ale Brewer: Grimbergen Source: Draught Rating: *** (7.3 of 10) Comments:  I can’t find an Abbey Ale on the web, but I believe I tasted the Grimbergen Dubbel since it was brown in color.  Whatever it was, it was a darn fine beer in the Belgian abbey traditions. …

Mount Desert Island


Susan and I spent a lovely long weekend on Mount Desert Island in Maine for our summer vacation (or Babymoon as some people are callling it). We stayed at the Penury Hall bed and breakfast in Southwest Harbor. This was our second visit to MDI and the B&B, previously staying there in January 2003 during…

Movie Review: The Simpsons Movie


What can you expect from The Simpsons Movie (2007)?  After an extraordinary 18-years and counting on television (I can’t believe I was still in high school when I started watching The Simpsons),  The Simpsons make it to the big screen.  And as Homer points out, we’re all suckers for paying for something we can watch…

Beer Review: Mount Desert Island Ginger Wheat


I love wheat beers.  I love ginger.  This beer is TWO! TWO! great flavors in one. Beer: Mount Desert Island Ginger Wheat Brewer: Atlantic Brewing Company Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: *** (7 of 10) Comments: The last of the trio of beers I experienced for the first time while on vacation in Maine is…

Beer Review: Éphémère (draft)


How about them apples?  In Beer! Beer: Éphémère Brewer: Unibroue Source: Draught Rating: *** (7.9 of 10) Comments:  I generally don’t associate Unibroue with draught beers as I’ve only seen their products in bottles.  Yet a fine restaurant in Maine offers this apple-sweet beer on tap.  Apparently the beer is filtered through pressed apples to…

Beer Review: Growstown Steam Ale


A fine brew from down east. Beer: Growstown Steam Ale Brewer: Growstown Brewing Company Source: Draught Rating: **** (8.9 of 10) Comments:  This beer may originate from Brunswick, Maine but it tastes like it’s from across the pond in England.  This may be the closest I’ve had to a British pub-style Real Ale in the…

Elvis


I’m not a huge Elvis Presley fan (although I’ve been to Graceland) but I do like some of his songs. In honor of Elvis on the 30th anniversary of his death, here’s my list of my top five favorite Elvis songs: 1. Heartbreak Hotel 2. Suspicious Minds (the Fine Young Cannibals do a great cover)…

Movie Review: Sweet Land: A Love Story


Sweet Land: A Love Story (2006) is simple, tender love story set in rural Minnesota just after World War I.  Inge (the lovely Elizabeth Reaser) is a mail-order bride from Germany who arrives to marry the shy and serious Norwegian-American farmer Olaf (Tim Guinee).  The plan runs into a snag when the local minister (John…

Movie Review: Wattstax


The documentary film of the 1972 concert Wattstax (1973) was re-released in a special edition a few years ago, but I didn’t get a chance to see it then. Spurred by my recent trip to Los Angeles and a review of a PBS documentary on Stax Records, I decided to request this DVD from the…

Mets Review in Haiku


I’ve given up the burden of trying to make weekly posts about the Mets, and I’m sure that there’s no one out there dying to see my comments and players of the game.  So expect my Mets commentary will be much more spare for the rest of the season.  Here’s a summary of the series…