Booze for Breakfast and Other Ways Not to Look Your Best on the Beach

Written by Dee Gross for

It has been nearly two decades since either my husband or me have been to the beach.  So, this summer, we decided the time had finally come.  With the Black Tripel and Kolsch nestled in the kegerator, we packed the car and headed to Florida.

The first few days, we spent in Orlando.

Stone Farking Wheaton W00t Stout: The geekiest beer in the world

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I’ve long considered myself a bit of a geek, but the genesis of this Stone Farking Wheaton W00t Stout is so geeky, it’s almost outstrips my ability to process its nerdiness.

The beer is a collaboration between Stone Brewing co-founder and beer geek supreme Greg Koch, child actor turned geek hero Wil Wheaton, and Drew Curtis, the web geek behind, a news website fueled by cleverly rewritten headlines and Photoshop contests, like this recent one featuring a hairy couch.

The origins of Stone Farking Wheaton W00t Stout can be traced back to 2005, when Stone Brewing went to congratulate the 10,000th person to sign up for their mailing list, to find that it was the one and only Wil Wheaton, star of the ‘80s coming of age story “Stand By Me” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” where he played young Wesley Crusher.  A friendship between Wheaton and Koch followed, and the idea to brew together took root.


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Craft Beer is Booming in Nashville

This article does skip Market Street: the first in the new wave of breweries/brewpubs in Nashville.-PGA

Ask Kent Taylor about changes in the craft beer scene in Nashville, and he’ll take you back to 1994, when he co-founded Blackstone Brewing Company.

“It was Bud country,” he said. And even when he would serve guests his lightest beer, they would sometimes ask for a “real” beer instead. “We might have been ahead of our time.”

Cut to 2013 and you’ll find Blackstone joined by thriving craft breweries like the 10-year-old Yazoo Brewing Company, which had its highest volume in sales last month, and the 2-year-old Jackalope Brewing Company, which reached 100 percent production in October of last year and will add canned beer to its repertoire thanks to a mobile canning unit rolling into town this fall.

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Beer Profile: De Proefbrouwerij’s Flemish Primative Wild Ale

Profiled by Ken Carman for


Tons and tons of head that fill the glass with pillow and big bubble rock. A bit hazy with a pale yellow: no more than 3 srm, more like 2. This is a beautiful beer, on the light side. Head hangs and literally coats the glass: refusing to leave.

Aroma: sweet, rhubarb-like with a scent of orange. Some pale malt in the background.

The mouthfeel and taste are where it really shines. While no heavy quaff, the caramel-ish malt in the back ground makes it have as firm, somewhat bready, feel to it. This blends well with the slightly sourish, rhubarb taste that hangs in the mouth long after you’ve swallowed. Orange peel, pineapple, rhubarb combined with hint of brett. Though head is substantial, carbonation is slight, but pricks the tongue slightly.

There’s a great sweetness that also lingers, just a hint of brown sugar.

Listed at 9%. Until it warms you’d never know.

Rate Beer has it at 93. Beer Advocate=89.

Some claim it a Belgian Strong Pale, some a Saison.

I think it’s just damn good.

4, 4.6 if I could.

Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “prefecto.”