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Been in a beer aisle lately? A quarter of the six-packs are ciders and half the beers are flavored. We like Pale Ale, but can't make sense of the many varieties offered. Variety is the vice of life.

Craig L

Don't feel like you let us down today. You've said plenty. (And I mean that in a good way.)

"a cartoon posted in the ladies room where nobody in management would ever see it" suggests something about business that is sadly no less true today than it was in the Mad Men days... but I suspect that in the few places with a woman boss, she would have a private executive washroom apart from the Lady Grunts (and I'm looking at you, Carly Fiorina)

And I remember when what is now Bug Martini was just bugcomic.com and the artist Adam Huber realized he needed to give Bug a semi-unique last name to get some Google juice... his choice was certainly the biggest mistake by an otherwise consistently funny comic...

Ed Rush

Alas, your Jimmy Margulies link doesn't work. It goes to a Newsday 404 page. Google helped me find this link that does: http://www.newsday.com/opinion/jimmy-margulies-cartoons-gallery-1.5414663

Mike Peterson

I live near an orchard that makes for-real cider, so the cider issue is painful -- some are nasty candy stuff, some is actually quite good. (The local stuff is excellent.)

My other issue in that aisle is people who mistake hoppiness for quality. Balance, people, balance. But once you control that, there's some really nice beer around, and I'm near both Harpoon and Long Trail, so life is good.

Mary in Ohio

And if you think people like my Dad and my Uncle Ralph are the ones smoking White Owl*
grape & banana flavored cigars you get another think.

*they were not above smoking White Owl back when they were tobacco-flavored.


Whole-heartedly agree with you on the hops-mania that's been in vogue for a few years now. Double, triple, quadruple, and imperial IPAs - please.

Long trail was always on my short list when I used to ski Vermont regularly. Don't see it much now, but I did pick up a 25th Anniversary bottle at a specialty shop a couple months ago. Waiting for a special reason to crack it open.

As long as I'm rambling about beer, I'm looking forward to a home-brew fest for charity (C-F) tomorrow with my sons (and daughter-in-law). One of the best things, besides drinking for a good cause, is there are so many beers to try, if one is too hoppy, you can just dump your glass and move on to another brew.

And, so we agree on another point - Indeed, life is good. Enjoy.

Mike Peterson

My son makes the best beer I've ever had. Unfortunately, it's the son who lives halfway across the country.

As for flavored tobaccos, we smoked Cherry Blend, Flying Dutchman and John Rolfe, the latter a peach flavor, in our pipes at about 15. By the time I was old enough to be buying the stuff, I'd outgrown them, which pretty much tells the story, doesn't it?

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