Beer Review: Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven


Beer: Game Of Thrones: Three-Eyed Raven Brewer: Brewery Ommegang Source: 750ml bottles Rating: *** (6.6 of 10) Comments: This is a Game of Thrones themed beer so there was a chance that drinking it would lead to choking, convulsions, and turning a deep shade of purple, but luckily that didn’t happen.  I actually found the…

Book Review: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow


Author: Ron Chernow Title: Alexander Hamilton Narrator: Grover Gardner Publication Info: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Audio, p2004. Summary/Review: A straight-forward biography of General Washington’s right-hand man, Constitutional crusader, and founder of American finance as first secretary of treasury. It does not shy away from Hamilton’s failings such as an ill-tempered tongue and poor decisions, but mostly…

Beer Review: Ommegang Rare Vos


Beer: Rare Vos Brewer: Brewery Ommegang Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.8 of 10) Comments: A yummy beer enjoyed on draft at the Doubleday Cafe in Cooperstown, NY.  A golden amber brew with a floral aroma, the beer has a bready, malt flavor with spices and hints of fruit, like apricot.  A very well-crafted and quaffable beer with ineffable qualities….

Beer Review: Moo Thunder Stout


Beer: Moo Thunder Stout Brewer: Butternuts Beer & Ale Source: 12 oz. can Rating: ** (6.5 of 10) Comments:  It was a dark & foamy beer, with an earthy aroma and a pleasantly malty flavor.  The head dissipates quickly.  Not a bad stout for a relatively low price and poured out of a can!

Beer Review: Saranac White IPA


Beer: Saranac White IPA Brewer: Matt Brewing Company Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.3 of 10) Comments: Surprisingly this beer pours out with a thick head and cloudy, golden body looking all the world like a hefeweizen.  It’s a hoppy beer with some spiciness but it felt understated to me.  I could have used more…

Photopost: Baseball Double Header


Over Memorial Day Weekend, I enjoyed a two-city, two-team, two-day baseball double header. On Sunday, I traveled down to New York to see R.A. Dickey and the Mets take on the San Diego Padres in the good company of some of my Mets fan friends. The next day, my son Peter & I went to…

Retropost: Confessions of a St. Patrick’s Day Curmudgeon


In honor of this special day let’s revisit one of my favorite posts. While most kids look forward to Christmas, when I was a child, St. Patrick’s Day (along with Thanksgiving) was one of my favorite days of the year.  It was a big day in my family usually involving going to the parade in…

Book Review: The Archaeology of Home by Katharine Greider


Author: Katharine Greider Title: The archaeology of home : an epic set on a thousand square feet of the Lower East Side Publication Info: New York : PublicAffairs, c2011. ISBN: 9781586487126 Summary/Review: With much anticipation, I received this book as an advanced reading copy through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.  Greider and her family…

Photopost: Citi Field


This Sunday, I made my annual pilgrimage to Flushing, NY to see the Atlanta Braves take on the New York Mets at Citi Field.  My Braves fan friend Mike was unable to attend so I enjoyed the pleasure of watching the game with another Mets fan, Chris.  Tickets for the game came courtesy of another…

Confessions of a St. Patrick’s Day Curmudgeon


While most kids look forward to Christmas, when I was a child, St. Patrick’s Day (along with Thanksgiving) was one of my favorite days of the year.  It was a big day in my family usually involving going to the parade in New York and seeing family and friends we hadn’t seen in a while. …