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About Jim Crees

Jim is the editor in chief of the Lake County Star, Pioneer and Herald Review. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8360 or by e-mail at jcrees@pioneergroup.com.

DRAFT PICKS: Ora et Labora

DRAFT PICKS: Ora et Labora

For more than 1,500 years, some of the best quality beer (generally ale) has been brewed in monasteries throughout Europe, (and later, to a limited degree, in the U.S. as well). Monks have long brewed beer for a number of very good reasons. First, a good strong ale covered up, and even neutralized, the taste […]

JIM CREES: Colbert gets a new job

JIM CREES: Colbert gets a new job

So … Stephen Colbert has been tagged to replace David Letterman as host on the CBS Late Night TVshow. This is apparently big news. Fine. I have to report that I really don’t care all that much. I liked Colbert on Comedy Central. “Of course you would!” you say. “You’re a bleeding-heart liberal!” Whatever. Still, […]

DRAFT PICKS: Down in the cellar

DRAFT PICKS: Down in the cellar

Over the past few columns, I’ve mentioned a number of times that I expect to save this beer or another for sipping at a future date. As in the storing of wine, saving beer properly is referred to as “cellaring.” And yes … it can be done. We’ve talked about this before classmates, but it […]

DRAFT PICKS: I’m in for the taste

DRAFT PICKS: I’m in for the taste

In response to some of these beer columns, a number of readers have pointed out that while not necessarily a bad thing, I am a bit of a beer snob. Their “proof” of my snobbishness is in my use of the phrases “industrial beer” or “corporate beer” when referring to such big brew brands as […]

JIM CREES: Welcome to the Putin Fan Club

JIM CREES: Welcome to the Putin Fan Club

Back in the day, when I had considerably more hair and considerably less gut, I was often criticized for my personal politics and world view. More often than not, it was suggested that I (and no few others of my generation) was a “Pinko,” and a “Commie,” and it was often suggested I should “go […]

DRAFT PICKS: A cocktail? With beer?

DRAFT PICKS: A cocktail? With beer?

So … I was recently asked what I think about “beer cocktails” or mixed beer drinks. Look, teammates. I like beer. I love the skill involved in creating a fine brew, the chemistry and subtle nuances: the obvious tastes, and the hidden surprises. I like beer for what it is — an art form. (In […]

JIM CREES: Their Crimea. Our Crimea.

JIM CREES: Their Crimea. Our Crimea.

“THE CRIMEAN CRISIS!!!” From CNN to Fox News, the blasting blaring headline trumpets the evil Russian bear’s stunning, immoral, illegal, and illegitimate invasion of Crimea. Oh. My. God. Woe is me!!??!! The Russkies are on the prowl once again. Looks like it’s time to re-convert the man-cave to a bomb shelter. Duck under your desks, […]

JIM CREES: Just stop being poor

JIM CREES: Just stop being poor

Let’s talk about inequality. Now, I expect some of those reading have already closed the paper and are preparing their pencils to shoot off another “Crees is a neo-communist …” letter. Fine. Enjoy yourselves. But here’s the thing … I frankly don’t care who is making more money than I. Don’t care. Really don’t. I […]

DRAFT PICKS: That beer is hoppy as heck

DRAFT PICKS: That beer is hoppy as heck

(By request of a long-time reader, we repeat this early column discussing one of the most important and certainly influential ingredients in brewing — hops. There have been a number of requests that we “get back to basics.” This will be one of those returns to brewing roots.) So, let’s talk about hops. So what […]

JIM CREES: CPAC and poetic license

JIM CREES: CPAC and poetic license

The crowd went wild … again, and again, and again. As the audiences at the 2014 edition of CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference), were introduced to the latest and greatest darlings of the new conservative movement, they went wild. On the list were all sort of political movers and shakers — including a few […]