Well, I’ve hit another beer milestone, 150. Not bad. As the weather starts to turn cold, some new varieties of beer are showing up on shelves and taps. There are several Oktoberfests in this batch, along with multiple Peace Tree and Backpocket beers. I’m starting to catch up to writing about the beers I’ve tried.… Read More 365 Iowa Beers 142-150: Oktoberfests and more
One of the closing acts for the 2016 Maximum Ames Music Festival was Lavender Country, who I’ve written about a few times in the last week, so I’ll just give a Cliff Notes description: gay country band from the 1970s that has had a career resurgence in the last few years. Patrick Haggerty is the… Read More Review: Lavender Country provides emotional end for Maximum Ames fest
After hitting the Iowa Craft Beer Tent, I decided to head back to the Iowa Taproom for a flight. It’s about a three-mile walk from my house, so the walk there and back hopefully helps burn off a lot of the beer calories. Of course, I also had a buffalo chicken sandwich. So maybe the whole… Read More 365 Iowa beers 137-141: Back to the Iowa Taproom
I haven’t posted anything about it yet on this site, but if you follow me on Facebook you may have read that I’m now writing music stories for Cityview. It’s not a full-time gig like the Register was, just two (or so) interviews a month, along with two CD reviews. I’ve had a few of… Read More Lavender Country: A saint of a father for a country sissy
Last week my son, Jonas, turned two. If you follow my Facebook posts, you’ll see a lot of them focus on my daughter, while Jonas doesn’t get as many mentions. The biggest reason for that is the fact that at four-years-old (or four-and-a-half, as she’ll inform you), she’s much more verbal. She’s an endless font… Read More Happy birthday son, am I failing you as a dad?
The Iowa Craft Beer Tent is a resource I have not tapped (ha!) often enough during this challenge. On the final Friday of the Iowa State Fair, I decided to head out and order a few flights. It’s a great way to try some of the beers from outside Des Moines that I need to… Read More 365 Iowa Beers 126-136: Iowa Craft Beer Tent
In August I was reading fantasy comics, which mostly means I was reading Bill Willingham comics. Or comics Bill Willingham created that were written by other people. Or comics created by other people that Bill Willingham wrote. Here’s a look at my list for the month. Fairest Vol. 3: The Return of the Maharaja: There… Read More My August comics reading list
This week is the seventh wedding anniversary for me and my wife. That’s a pretty good number, but 2016 also marks 20 years since we started dating. I’m going to focus on that one for a bit. Just to be clear, we haven’t been dating for 20 years. Even though I married my high school… Read More 20 years with the love of my life