Beer Review: Pretty Things American Darling


Beer: American Darling – Good Time Lager Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Source: 22 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass Rating: *** (7.0 of 10) Comments: Another beer from my new favorite local brewery.  It’s a lovely golden beer with a thick head, a grainy aroma, and tastes like a crisp pilsener…

Beer Review: High & Mighty Purity of Essence


Beer: Purity of Essence lager Brewer: High & Mighty Beer Co. Source: 650 ml bottle, poured in a pint glass Rating: ** (6.8 of 10) Comments: Lager is an ordinary beer, at least in the United States, and this tastes like an ordinary lager.  That’s no slight as it’s seemingly easy to make crappy lagers…

Book Review: Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway by Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll


Author: Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll Title: Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway: An Epoch Tale of a Scientist and an Artist on the Ultimate 5,000-Mile Paleo Road Trip Publication Info: Fulcrum Publishing (2007) ISBN: 9781555914516 Summary/Review: I’ve long been a fan of the art of Ray Troll who specializes in drawing realistic but whimsical representations of…

Book Review: Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer


Author: Jonah Lehrer Title: Proust Was a Neuroscientist Publication Info: Brilliance Audio on CD (2008) ISBN: 9781423374206 Previously read by same author: How We Decide Summary/Review: This book explores the work of eight artists and how their art revealed truths about the human brain that would later be discovered through science.  A quick search of…

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


Author: Suzanne Collins Title:  Mockingjay Publication Info: New York : Scholastic Press, 2010. Books Read By Same Author: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire Summary/Review: The final installment in The Hunger Games trilogy is the strongest of the series.  The whole series is built on moral ambiguity and in this novel Katniss Everdeen finds herself among…

Book Review: The F-word by Jesse Sheidlower


Author: Jesse Sheidlower Title: The F-word Publication Info: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780195393118 Summary/Review: Not the book I expected.  I thought it was going to be a cultural history of the word “fuck” through history and various usages.  That was just the introduction which was pretty good.  The main…

Beer Review: Annie Schwartz Black Lager


Beer: Annie Schwartz Black Lager Brewer:  Haverhill Brewery Inc. Source: 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass Rating: *** (7.2 of 10) Comments: Haverhill’s German-style black lager is a dark mocha-colored beer with a frothy head. It gives off a dark chocolate scent with a burnt, chocolaty flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin…

Beer Review: Notch Saison


Beer: Notch Saison Brewer: Notch Brewing Source: 22 oz. bottle, poured in pint glass Rating:  **(6.8 of 10) Comments: Inspired by a style of beer once enjoyed by farm laborers, this beer is refreshing and goes down almost too easily on a beastly hot summer evening. The beer is a hazy, sunny orange with a…

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Latitude 48


Beer: Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Brewer: Boston Beer Co. Source: 12 Fl. Oz. Rating: *** (7.0 of 10) Comments: It’s a pretty beer, copper-colored with a thick, yeasty head.  The scent is not strong, but there’s a whiff of sweet caramel and bready hops.  For a beer dedicated to hops (Latitude 48 is where many…

Beer Review: Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale


Beer: Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale Brewer: Lagunitas Brewing Co. Source: 1 pint 6 fluid oz/ bottle Rating: *** (7.5 of 10) Comments: Gorgeous copper-colored beer with a thick, enduring head and good lacing.  The aroma is full of floral hops. The taste is a sticky, sweet caramel balanced by some hoppy goodness. …