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Canned coffee beats the heat, but not actual coffee

Canned coffee beats the heat, but not actual coffee

To paraphrase Martha and/or the Vandellas, summer's here and the time is right for dying in the heat. In winter, it's easy enough to justify hunkering down with a steaming mug of freshly extracted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, but not in July. You could actually fry eggs on the sidewalk on many days, though omelettes are a challenge.

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Angeline Pinot Noir is an easy pick

Angeline Pinot Noir is an easy pick

Last weekend I met up with some friends from college in Tulsa, which was a good halfway point from where we all live. We spent the weekend drinking, eating, bowling and wandering around a city that none of us knew that much about. Friday night, we had just come from a great local German beer hall and after a couple pints of Spaten Optimator each, we decided we were hungry.

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Meet the lagers!

Meet the lagers!

There's a lot more depth than you'd think in this big family.

Lagers are those practically clear, nearly flavorless beers served ultra-cold and by the pitcher, right? WRONG! While it's true that Budweiser, Coors Light, Pabst Blue Ribbon and their ilk are, in fact, lagers, they are just the tip of the surprisingly deep, surprisingly dark iceberg. Speaking of ice, cool temperatures have everything to do with lagers. Their existence depends on them.

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Beer-vesting: A quaffable collection

Beer-vesting: A quaffable collection

Some people collect stamps. Some collect coins. Others compile stacks of comic books, shelves of figurines, boxes of baseball cards, or lists of phone numbers. I collect beer. When the zombie apocalypse comes, I may not have a cache of food or weapons, but I will be well stocked with beer. I expect to be quite popular.

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