Award-Winning

Yes, it’s true; I’m officially an award-winning brewer. Here are some ways to celebrate this accomplishment:

Beer
Dieu du Ciel! Rosée d’Hibiscus
Gasthaus Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof Gose
Reissdorf Kölsch
Victory St. Boisterous
Victory Braumeister Pils

Books
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews
A Good Horse Has No Color: Searching Iceland for the Perfect Horse by Nancy Marie Brown
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

Snow Day Lists

The icy weather affords an opportunity to broadcast a few recent favorites, many of which admittedly have not changed much since November:

Music
Sweden – The Mountain Goats
Laid – James
The Life Pursuit – Belle & Sebastian
Company – 2006 Broadway Revival Cast Recording
Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters – The Twilight Sad

February Derby Picks
Anak Nakal
Court Vision
Face the Cat
Tale of Ekati
War Pass

Beer
Iron Hill Pilsner Barleywine (West Chester)
Stone XI Anniversary
Troubadour Obscura
Troegs Scratch #7
Victory

Year-End Music Roundup

Liam & Neil Finn

This year, I have been mostly listening to:

Crowded House – Farewell to the World, Time on Earth
Eliza Carthy – Rough Music
The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse, Absent Friends
Liam Finn – I’ll Be Lightning, Live@Spaceland
Hoots and Hellmouth – Hoots and Hellmouth
The Lucksmiths – Spring a Leak, Warmer Corners, Naturaliste
Math and Physics Club – Math and Physics Club
Kate Rusby – Awkward Annie
The Tallboys – Rubber Dolly
The Wedding Present – Take Fountain, Search for Paradise

Concerts attended in 2007:

Waterson: Carthy (minus Norma Waterson), Mandell Theater, Philadelphia
Crowded House (with Liam Finn opening), The Mann Center, Philadelphia (and also earlier in the day at World Cafe Live)
The Lucksmiths (with Ladybug Transistor and Still Flyin’ opening), DC9, Washington, DC
I suppose technically The Wiggles (The Spectrum, Philadelphia) counts as a concert too…

Year-End Beer Roundup, Take One

In no particular order, here’s my first crack at my top ten beers for 2007 — and yes, there are more than ten at this point:

Troubadour Obscura – Belgium
Bell’s Batch 8000 – USA
Berliner Kindl Weisse – Germany
Dogfish Head Fed-Extra Mild – USA
Dogfish Head Baltic Porter – USA
Russian River Pliny the Elder – USA
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale 1998 – UK
Stone XI Anniversary (on tap) – USA
Elysian Fields ESB (hand pump) – USA
Thomas Hooker Liberator – USA
Avery/Russian River Collaboration, Not Litigation – USA