by | Jan 17, 2019

My American friends gawp at me with a delectable cocktail of envy, anger, and disappointment. For most of them, I’m their heaviest drinking friend. For January, I’m the bane of their existence. This is my third “Dry January,” a very…

by | Sep 25, 2018

Some weeks back I made a decision: I would buy no new bottles of liquor for as long as possible. My reason was not anxiety about my weight or a sudden conversion to teetotalism. No, I had simply grown tired…

by | Aug 24, 2018

Have you heard the news? So-called “sin taxes” — particularly those on alcoholic beverages — are being rebranded as “health taxes.” It’s true. I am happy that we may finally cast aside the term “sin taxes,” a label that oozes…

by | Jul 27, 2018

It is 10 p.m., I am in a cabin, and sipping my third Negroni from a coffee cup. No, this is not the typical evening. Let me explain. It was a very good night on the dock. Panfish were plentiful,…

by | Jun 26, 2018

A few months back, a friend came to town from Tennessee. His schedule was jammed as was mine, but I was eager to see him. He works in insurance and I inevitably learn a lot when he explains  the various…

by | Mar 8, 2018

Craft breweries are an important and often overlooked area of the American economy. They accounted for total sales of $23.5 billion in 2016, representing nearly 22 percent of national beer sales. Nationwide, the industry provided the equivalent of 450,000 full-time…

by | Mar 8, 2018

Craft breweries are an important and often overlooked area of the American economy. They accounted for total sales of $23.5 billion in 2016, representing nearly 22 percent of national beer sales. Nationwide, the industry provided the equivalent of 450,000 full-time…

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