Central State Evicted

As the year draws to a close, I’ve spent some time reflecting on what the most meaningful beers I drank in the past year were. There was an exploration of wood beyond the classic bourbon barrel experienced over a variety of styles during three nights at Cigar City in March. There was Other Half’s Cheddar Broccoli, enjoyed at last weekend’s 4 year anniversary party for 18th Street, that finally gave me an appreciation for what the New England IPA could be. But ultimately the one beer that I keep coming back to is Evicted, a farmhouse blonde ale from Central State.  Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Snow Shoes

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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Ledbury Wine Wayne Gingham Casual Shirt

Yesterday was Cabernet Franc Day, which is probably something I should have known already since I sell wine for a living. Usually cordoned off into Bordeaux blends, we do actually see a few single varietals here in Michigan. I mention all this because it popped into my head as I was searching Ledbury for something to write about and stumbled upon the Wine Wayne Gingham Casual ShirtContinue reading

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Odd Side Ales Imperial Mayan and Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan Mocha

Last Saturday, as I was finishing up a session of homebrewing by cracking open a second bottle from Odd Side that day, I came to the realization that I have been drinking an awful lot of Odd Side beers lately. A big reason for that has to do with the biweekly Dank Juice releases, one of the better NE IPAs in the Midwest. The Dank Juice line has spawned multiple iterations with different single hops or added fruits and I have been trying them all. But I also couldn’t pass up a couple bottles that add a twist to my other favorite Odd Side beer, Mayan Mocha Stout. Continue reading

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Hudson Sutler Heritage Duffel

We’re smack dab in the middle of an intense period of travel. There are families to see, holidays to celebrate and vacations to be had. Every trip I’ve taken in the past five years has included a Hudson Sutler duffel. It’s convenient, perfectly-sized and just damn good looking. And the classic canvas duffels just got a serious upgrade with the introduction of the Heritage DuffelContinue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Black Friday 2017

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Socks

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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Chubbies The Home for the Holidays

While I love a piece of clothing specifically embroidered for a holiday, I also hate that it’s relegated to one or two days a year. It seems like such a waste to shell out money for that few of wears. It’s a poor return on investment to say the least. Thankfully Chubbies has addressed this problem with it’s The Home for the Holidays ShortsContinue reading

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Mizzen + Main Hasting Burgundy Polo

Fast Company just featured a solid piece on how Mizzen + Main, unlike most of the Internet-based startup apparel brands, actually makes its products in the USA. It’s not something that the brand makes well-known, instead relying on the quality of its products as the main selling point, but it’s certainly worth knowing. That got me over to the online shop to check out the newest goods and ultimately led me to the Hasting Burgundy PoloContinue reading

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Like a Thief in the Night – Rhinegeist Brewery

Stride up three flights of stairs and walk through the door. Stop. Absorb the immense hall that you have entered into. A wide open space greets you. There’s a bar to the left. Stainless steel fermentation tanks tower over you. Ping Pong tables to your right overlook the brew deck. A water buffalo glares at you from a far wall. Corn hole boards stand in front of you. Inside. This is Cincinnati after all, so what else would you expect. Continue reading

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