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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 […]

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 […]

Eye on the sky

Eye on the sky

National Weather Service asks citizens for weather spotting help MANISTEE — While Northern Michigan doesn’t see the same severity in weather as many places around the country, the importance of preparedness can’t be understated. From blizzards to damaging wind and thunderstorms, the National Weather Service based in Gaylord monitors it all for 25 Northern Michigan […]

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 […]