Category Archives: music

Appetite for Hops

Guns ‘n Roses’ “Night Train” has spawned two beer names for me. The first was my homebrewed Russian Imperial Stout, Molotov Cock’d Ale, which emerged from the line: “I got a Molotov cocktail with a match to go I smoke … Continue reading

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Monk-y business in Knoxville

I’ve been enjoying the Peace Tree Brewing wares for a couple of years now, but for some absurd reason it has taken that same amount of time to drag myself two hours to visit the Knoxville, Iowa brewery first-hand. Owners … Continue reading

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Willie Wild and Sophie’s Mild

With a thirst for a beer and a band, Wonderful Beer Wife and I trekked to Des Moines last night to catch one of our favorite bands, Old Crow Medicine Show, at the beautiful Hoyt Sherman Place. There were errands … Continue reading

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Lager Rhythms

“Let it flow. Let yourself go. Slow and low, that is the tempo.” –Beastie Boys After eleven years of brewing ales, I’ve started my first lager. On December 30, I brewed 10 gallons of bock. I pitched the yeast the … Continue reading

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Happy MacGowan Day

My son Tom’s Simpsons calendar says that not only is today Christmas, but it’s also Shane MacGowan‘s birthday, though I’ve seen the latter listed elsewhere as December 26. Regardless, Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to the former Pogues frontman. We … Continue reading

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The Session # 9–Beer and Music

Music has always been an integral part of my life, an integral part of my being. My gramps, Joe Johnston, was a professional musician back in the forties. His impact on my life goes well beyond music, but today we’re … Continue reading

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Brew like a BB King

The other day I’m making the rounds reading some of the other beer blogs I enjoy, when Stonch makes it a point to send us toward Epiphany, from Shut Up About Barclay Perkins. I’ll now pause while you go read … Continue reading

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The Session 5.5–music, maestro

It’s hard for me to fathom, but somehow, when writing last Friday’s Session on Atmosphere, I managed to blow off music, one of the most integral parts of my soul. I focused on people and places, but missed a huge … Continue reading

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Izzy-inspired living

The first time I heard “Welcome to the Jungle,” by Guns ‘N Roses, I was hooked. If Axl wasn’t such a ding dong (a ding dong with writing skills, that is), they’d have gone on to be one of the … Continue reading

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