Current Status

Overwhelmed. I lost track of time. How did it go from the end of Beer 3Up to the beginning of Chicago craft beer week (CCBW)? And how did it go there without a post from me??

I lost track of time because I do not have a ton of it right now. Or, rather, I have the same amount as every other human on earth, but in addition to my normal things (like sleeping more than some of those I admire have to sleep), I’ve been working on a new brownie recipe, a new beer cocktail recipe, a new vegan dinner recipe, plotting out CCBW shenanigans, unsure if I want to shenanigan, working more hours, opening my big mouth and telling my co-workers I want to sit the Certified Cicerone exam at the end of the year…

I sat down the other day and wrote a “big” to-do list.… Continue reading →


Beer 3Up! It rocked!

I have to be honest with you guys. I love the Beer XUp events so much, but they are a good deal of work. Just before the event, I was pretty tired. I was even wondering if it was going to be worth it.

Coffee. Tokens. Hat. Purse. More coffee. Cookies. Can't lose.

Coffee. Tokens. Hat. Purse. More coffee. Cookies. Can’t lose.

Ha! Silly me. It’s always worth it. I enjoy the ever-living hell out of the event, and meeting new folks. Trying new, new, new beers and more. Usually pinball, but this year I didn’t even manage. Ridiculous!

Still, what fun it was. I had a number of delightful new, delicious beers. I couldn’t possibly have all of them, which is a damn shame. There were eleven new beers to try, though, so there was NO WAY.Continue reading →


Beer 3Up! Prizes! Games! FUN!

A header image for the Beer 3Up event! Beer + Video Games = AWEOME.

I am so damn excited, guys! It’s coming together so well! Beer! Games! Brewers and brewery reps! PRIZES!!

Basically, lots of damn fun. As it is every year!

We’ll have a t-shirt contest (because I love that contest so, so much). Rules haven’t changed from last year, but the dates for online voting will be announced once I get in a huddle with Karl about the plan.

Pinbrawl!!! Must be present to play and win. Soooo… beer, pinball, contests, and prizes? Uh, yes!

Doodles! Fun little doodles from Matt LaFleur as he hosts #DarkBoredDay15 from Beer 3Up! (No one point out to him he’s having fun, not being bored. I don’t want him to decide not to doodle.) Just LOOK at this Bowser Boozin’ he drew for Jeremey last year.… Continue reading →


A Chat with the Program Director of SVF

As I was pondering how to write my recent post about food animal biobanking, my fantastic friends Araina and Kate urged me to call SVF Foundation1. And in 15 minutes I learned a lot.

The “SVF” in SVF Foundation stands for Swiss Village Farm, and the foundation is specifically rooted in farming. That root, it turns out, is the quick explanation for the difference in SVF’s biodiversity focus and a zoo’s biodiversity focus (and thus my feelings of disappointment I mention in the previous post, as I am rooted in the zoo side of things).

SVF Foundation was founded about 13 years ago as a non-profit tasked with conserving the biodiversity of agriculturally important ruminates–so, cows, sheep, and goats. They are almost exclusively privately funded, though they do have some fun merch for sale.Continue reading →


Let Us Eat Barbeque!

For the last couple of weeks, my friend Seth and I have been planning to go to County Barbeque together, but also with some friends. Only, we haven’t really given enough notice for friends to plan to join us.

So we’re giving you notice today that on 21 April 2015, at 7:30 pm, we will dine at County Barbeque. Address is 1352 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607. We are hoping you, you, you, and especially you will join us. Seth agrees.

Photo contains a drawing of people hanging meat over smoke to cure and says,

County’s motto is “Always Smoking.” I’m into this.

Seth’s never been to County. I’ve been a few times. They have a solid draft list, bottled Palomas that are killer, fantastic chicken, and really great corn pudding. They have other things too, but I enjoy the chicken too much to tell you what else.… Continue reading →