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  • Best of 2013

  • Strawberry Rhubarb
    Sunday, August 04, 2013 1:55 PM
    This beer is extremely delicious and would probably be better as a standalone treat than as a food pairing.
  • Resin
    Sunday, June 30, 2013 11:50 AM
    I like a balanced malt bill and clean finish as much as the next guy, but sometimes when I’m craving a beer I just want to be socked in the mouth with alpha acids.
  • Canoe Paddler
    A good camping beer requires that special je ne sais quoi, a combination of quaff-ability and refreshment that must be as appropriate in the afternoon sunshine as around a campfire accompanying charred meats.
  • Pearl Street Pale Ale
    As we all know in this advanced age, swag matters. Simply being, say, an adept rapper, fundamentally sound shortstop or delicious beer is no longer enough. You have to look fresh while doing so. Everyone’s gunning for that No. 1 spot, so whether it be on the base paths or in the beer aisle, you gotta come correct.
  • One great thing about the Pearl Street Brewery Winter Ball is that the brewmaster isn’t afraid to go out there. Yes, the atmosphere is fun, the bands are always capable, and this year’s food pairings demonstrated a nice bit of ambition. I could talk all night about what a great party it was, but this is my beer column, and I always come to the Winter Ball for the beer.
  • Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale
    I recently spent a week in New Orleans, which is one of the world’s finest drinking cities, but possibly the worst place I ever visited for beer. There are probably many sociological, geographical and economic reasons why the Mississippi Delta doesn’t produce quality craft microbrews. But mostly it seems like the Big Easy prefers getting bombed on booze.
  • Dank
    Back in 1996, David Letterman introduced the world to a movie reviewer whom I will not soon forget:  Manny the Hippie. Manny hailed from San Francisco, and according to legend (or a surprisingly sad Wikipedia page) Dave discovered him busking on the streets of Haight-Ashbury.
  • Dirty Bastard
    At the present moment it’s 4 degrees outside, I’m huddled next to my wall heater, and January is blowing so fiercely against my windows that hearing the actual wind chill might stifle my will to live.
  • 1. Electronic billboard
    2. Middle school football team
    3. Rail liquor selection
    4. Parking ramp
    5. Internet troll
    6. Graffiti artist
    7. Kwik Trip
  • 1. Pete Best
    2. Milwaukee's Best
    3. "Best in Show"
    4. Best Western
    5. Best Coast
    6. Best Buy
    7. 'My Best Friend's Girl"
  • Steve Harm

    What is your beverage of choice: I just love an ice cold water, or a chocolate malt. NOT A SHAKE.

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