Yes, stressful. I didn't even care about the playoff. I assumed that a 1-loss ND team didn't have much of a chance. I just wanted a one-loss season and a New Year's Day bowl win. Still may get the latter, I suppose. Now to go sleep off the stress of watching this game.
I'm so bummed about this. I'm not sure if calling Pretty Things my favorite brewery in the US is totally accurate, but I feel good calling Dann & Martha Paquette my favorite brewers. And I have no doubts about calling Dann one of the best brewers in the USA. The first batch of the 1901 KK they brewed was the first beer that made me realize, "You know, it sucks I can't buy this on tap all the time, but now that I'm a homebrewer, I can make something just like it!" That beer (and Pretty Things) also put me onto Ron Pattinson in particular and historical British beers in general, which have become some of my favorite things to brew and drink. St. Botolph's Town is one of my favorite American beers, even though it's neither pale nor hoppy nor bitter, which are the common threads of most of the beers I drink on a regular basis. Ok, so I never got into the whole dressing up in costumes for their beer launches (and never needed to, as I don't live in Boston), but their whole "Fuck styles, let's just brew things that taste good and inspire people to come together over a beer" attitude suits me just fine. Looking forward to whatever they do next, as I imagine it will involve more tasty beer. We'll be stocking up on PT bottles when we're in New England this weekend and savoring them over the coming weeks.
Pretty sure Oregon is still all full-serve. Also pretty sure it's the only place other than NJ that's all full-serve. There were a number of places in my hometown in PA that were full-serve when I was growing up, but I can't remember if that was a town rule or just a station-by-station decision. Prices in NJ were substantially cheaper and we lived close enough to the Delaware river that crossing over to fill up was not a ridiculous option.
I love London, but if I'm traveling there for sport it would be for something local like football (i.e. soccer), cricket, or rugby. Baseball travel for me would involve seeing more games at the various parks around the US. I've been to 8 major league stadiums so far (the Vet, Citizen's Bank, Fenway, Wrigley, (the old) Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, Citi Field, and Camden Yards), so there's still plenty to see on this continent.
Yup. I spend my work days teaching teenagers about them. It's a cute topic that's central to the course. Some students get angry about it, but that tends to be a reflex reaction. The majority enjoy the degree of certainty of a topic where answers can be straight up right or not right.
Congrats! No shame in starting off with someone else's recipe. Learning the procedures is a lot more important in general. If you look at how many clone recipes there are out there and consider how many of them come directly from breweries, you quickly get the sense that equipment and procedures are a bigger factor than recipes.
Yes. There was a forum upgrade that was first attempted unsuccessfully in September and then done successfully now. We had been warned that everything since mid-September would be lost and it turned out to be true.