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A Hoppy Beer for a Dry Day: Lawless IPA

by Charles Wangersky July 28th, 2014
Saturday was a surprisingly warm day this week, and the lawn needed attention, something it had gotten far too little of last year. I'm not saying I'll do any better this year, but I did get a head start on it this year, and so far I've been pretty good about the yard work. Of course, I have to fight the push mower to knock the rust off the blades as well as cutting at least some of the grass with it, and there is the beating my knees take as I try to uproot the hawkweed and dandelions. So
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Driftwood Pale Ale: Balm for a Hot Tiring Day

by Charles Wangersky July 21st, 2014 | Beer
Beer The north end of the West Coast has been suffering, if you want to call it that, through a long and unusual period of hot weather. Normally this doesn't affect me much, because my main job is working with computers, and it's important to keep computers cool after all. People can simply be told to deal with it, computers can't. Of course, it is a bit of a shock leaving work in the evening; and the weekend, and those days when I have to work from home, can be . . . interesting.

So today, as I write, was a
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Piña Colada — Take Me to a Tropical Beach

by Michele July 25th, 2014 | Cocktails, Frozen Drinks
Cocktail I tend not to make piña coladas at home very often for two simple reasons.  First, they are heavy; I'm not quite sure how a drink such as this would go with a meal.  Second, the few attempts I have made produced watery drinks that lacked frozen cohesion.  In fact, the last time I had a good piña colada was six years ago, poolside in Hawaii.  Oh yes, those are fine memories. . . basking in the sun at the pool's edge, sipping a piña colada on a lazy afternoon.

While I haven't spent the past six years crying myself to sleep,
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Bar Destination

The Best Bars & Brewpubs in New Hampshire

by R. Carnavale July 24th, 2014 | Bar Destination
The Granite State is famous for Mt. Washington (which has the highest wind speed ever recorded on earth -- 231 mph), the Laconia Bike Week, and it's always the first state in the nation to hold primaries for the presidential elections. When it comes to bars and brewpubs, New Hampshire has some outstanding venues worth visiting, so when you're in Manchester, the state's capital, Nashua or Portsmouth, enjoy whetting your taste buds
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Rex Goliath, Chardonnay

by Jason Lightner July 23rd, 2014 | California Wine, Wine
Wine Rex Goliath

California, Chardonnay


"It's a black fly in your Chardonnay..."

Those lyrics will forever haunt any occasion during which I am drinking an otherwise delightful glass of Chardonnay. It is perhaps well known that I am not what anyone might refer to as a drinker of white wine, although I have been known to dabble quite a bit, as one does. Variety is the spice of life, after all, and I'm not going to deny a good drink the honor of being enjoyed simply because of the beverage's hue. That would be both incredibly rude and unbecoming of a wine
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Paddy BeeSting Irish Honey: “Sting” Is Right

by TK July 22nd, 2014 | Liquor
Spirits When I was a child of elementary school age, I was fond of walking around shoeless in the summer grass of my parents' yard.  I loved how I could really feel the warmth of the ground between my toes.  For a young kid, this was a great way to feel alive.  All of this connecting with warm mother earth came crashing down one warm summer day, when I stepped on a honey bee that was wrapped up in some clover.  The piercing bee sting on the bottom of my foot was followed by a swelling and the tears of
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