An Iowa Man…

The other day I posted a link to my friend’s new blog: A Florida Man. If you missed it, read about it here. Or just start reading the blog. Well, I promise I won’t do this too often, but this beer related one’s too good to pass up: An Iowa man completed his Lent-long beer fast on Sunday, marking the occasion with a bacon smoothie. During the 46-day feat, J. Wilson consumed only beer and water, emulating a centuries-old tradition once practiced by the Paulaner monks of Munich, Germany. How long could a man survive on beer and water? Not more than a few months, probably. That’s when the worst effects of scurvy and protein deficiency would kick in. (Liver disease

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I went to the grand opening of Meadhall last night. It’s a great new restaurant and bar in Kendall square, with an unbelievable draft selection of 110 beers. I tried two new beers that I highly recommend. The first was the McChouffe Brown Ale by d’Achouffe out of Belgium. It was strong with some maple overtones, but wasn’t too sweet. One of the better browns I’ve had in a while. Oddly, I can’t find it on BeerAdvocate. The second was the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from the Lexington Brewing Company in Kentucky. It was beer, but it tasted like whiskey. Absolutely delicious. Judging by Meadhall’s impressive tap selection, I’ve still got a lot of work to do. And the food was great

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A Florida Man…

My friend Adam Sigel, who blogs at The Rupert Murdog, has just started a second blog titled A Florida Man. The premise is simple, but brilliant. Men from Florida do ridiculous things, and these things end up in the news. The articles always begin with “A Florida Man,” and Adam has generously decided to begin posting a new Florida Man escapade each day. Here are a few of my favorites from the blog over the past week: A Florida man thought his friends were playing a joke on him when the police informed him he was in South Carolina. A Florida man is seeking financial compensation for writing the popular sports fan chant: “da da da da da da, charge!”

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Haiti at the Reading Festival

Oddly, via Paul Krugman, a great Arcade Fire performance: On a side note, the Arcade Fire definitely “borrowed” this song from Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. I noticed this by accident a few years ago, when I made a mix CD and unintentionally (or subconsciously?) put these tracks back to back.