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Lisa and her drinking glove.

La Crosse Oktoberfest: Beer and Car Flipping

By     |    Oct 8, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Wisconsin     |    No Comments

La Crosse’s Oktoberfest is a big deal. There’s music, a parade, carnival games, brats, and fried cheese curds along with beer, drinking games, a golden keg, debauchery, and destruction. Destruction? Yes. Cars get flipped. It’s a tradition. There seems to be some agreement that the festival runs too long. This year’s was something like nine days long. That’s a long time. It used to be only four days long.  Next […]

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Mmmm. Bacon AND beer.

Bacon Happy Hour Is Genius

By     |    Sep 15, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Wisconsin     |    1 Comment

While researching La Crosse, we came across an intriguing boast: Dublin Square offers free bacon during their happy hour. Further investigation was necessary. Visions of bottomless bacon bowls enchanted our dreams. It could never live up to our expectations. But it almost did. Here’s the deal: get a drink at the bar during happy hour. Ask for some bacon (you have to ask for it). You’ll get two slices of […]

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Other bars take note: THIS is a view.

Getting a Beer in Salt Lake City, Attempt #2

By     |    Jun 28, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Utah     |    1 Comment

Last time Lisa and I were in Salt Lake City, we had trouble finding a local watering hole. We ended up at Uinta Brewery in basically an industrial park. The beer was good, but the vibe of the city rubbed us wrong. Too bad, too, because there are a lot of reasons to love this town. Anyway, I found myself serendipitously back in Salt Lake City. Well, more accurately, I […]

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High Dive booze on the left, drink credit chalkboard on the right.

Three New York City Neighborhood Dive Bars

By     |    Feb 14, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., New York     |    No Comments

It’s been a while since we visited New York. We’ve missed it. New York is a really great city. Times Square, however, is terrible and crowded. We managed to get stuck walking through Times Square three times even though we were committed to avoiding it. Whoops! If you’ve never been to New York, don’t judge it based on Times Square. Judge it based on its great neighborhood dive bars. Here are […]

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Tanks outside the new Ithaca Beer facility.

Ithaca Beer Co: Our Local Brewery

By     |    Jan 22, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., New York     |    No Comments

Technically, there is a closer brewery — 3 Herons — but they don’t sell beer (yet). Ithaca Beer has been selling beer since the late ’90s. Their most famous brews are Apricot Wheat and Nut Brown. Both are delicious. But there’s more. Just after we moved to Trumansburg, Ithaca Beer opened their newly-constructed taproom, restaurant, and brewing facility. It’s amazing. It’s huge. We’ve been there three times already and I […]

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Come for the oysters, stay for the burger.

The 6 Best Burgers in America: Middle-of-Nowhere Edition

By     |    Jan 17, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Best Of, California, Florida, Food, New Mexico, New York, Utah     |    3 Comments

Finding a good burger in a city is easy. There’s Dick’s in Seattle, Kopp’s in Milwaukee, In-N-Out across the Southwest, and Culver’s everywhere in the Midwest. But there’s something about being in the middle of nowhere and finding a great burger place. A cheeseburger in paradise is wonderful, but a cheeseburger in the boondocks is even better. Here are my six favorites: 6. Sebastian’s Store — Hearst Beef Burgers Sebastian’s […]

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A beacon for weary travelers.

Ithaca Food, Ten Years Later

By     |    Nov 5, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Food, Ithaca, New York     |    No Comments

This weekend, we were at Just a Taste in Ithaca and we thought we recognized our waitress. “Have you worked here for a while,” I asked. “Yeah. A loooooong time,” she said. “Like ten years? We haven’t been here for ten years and you look familiar.” “Longer than that,” she said. I knew it! One of the most fun parts of being back in the area is sampling our old […]

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The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip.

barVino: The Coolest Place North of I-90 in New York

By     |    Oct 25, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Food, New York     |    No Comments

In the sleepy Adirondack town of North Creek, there’s a new restaurant. It’s called barVino (lowercase ‘b’ and uppercase ‘V’ and all one word). They have live music every Wednesday, a great wine list, and a tasty beer list. They also serve delicious food. After visiting one of Lisa’s dad’s projects in Tahawus (pronounced “Ta-HAUS” — two syllables, not three), we stopped in for a bite. Dishes are small, meant for sharing, […]

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Mmmm ... beer.

“Montreal Style” Pizza at Ottawa’s Big Rig Brewery

By     |    Oct 24, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Canada, Food     |    4 Comments

After an afternoon at our local IKEA … in Ontario, Canada (Ottawa, to be exact), we were in need of a beer and a bite. Big Rig Brewery promised both. First: the beer. I got the sampler (Golden, Red, IPA, Stout). Lisa ordered a pint of the brown ale. All were tasty. Lisa even liked their red ale (Lisa typically hates red ales). The brown ale was superb. We ordered […]

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$9.95 for a six-pack of Busch. Yikes.

In Canada, ALL Booze is Expensive

By     |    Oct 23, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Canada     |    No Comments

When we were in London, we noticed UK booze was pricey, wine and liquor especially. Cider and beer was a bit more in line with our expectations. Then we visited Canada, Ottawa specifically. OMFG. Look at these pics from the state (province?) liquor store (note the current exchange rate is about 1:1): So I did some research. Canada is far from the worst. England ranks pricier (which we expected). Who’s the […]

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