Category: Living

Art, Music, Travel, and Parties of an American lifestyle.

The Napa Valley of Beer

The old stomping grounds… In the eyes of many beer drinkers, the best brewery in the world can be found in tiny Greensboro, Vermont, population 760, past an unmarked intersection and an old farm field. And if you want to…

The Independent Brewing Company

My new local bar… The Independent Brewing Company is a tavern located in my old/new neighborhood, Squirrel Hill.  We are dedicated to serving fresh, local beer, made only by Western Pennsylvania breweries.  Beer is an incredible beverage and we do…

From the G&L Library: The Georgetown Set

The original M Street yuppies… n the autumn of 1945, with the United States and the world at peace for the first time in half a decade, the most sought-after and exclusive invitation was to one of Joe Alsop’s Sunday…

Ausable Brewing Co. Opens in Keeseville, N.Y.

Gotta support the fellow Plant and Soil Science alumni… Go Catamounts! On Labor Day weekend, brothers Dan and Dylan Badger quietly threw open the doors to Ausable Brewing Company in Keeseville, N.Y. Situated a quick, four-mile bike ride from the Port Kent Ferry, the brewery shares…

Oyster Bay Roadtrip

Any place named Oyster Bay sounds A.O.K… Sometimes I can feel a little “trapped” in Manhattan. The good thing is that there is plenty to do around here so it’s not like I’m bored or feel isolated. But getting out…

The Man Who Made Off With John Updike’s Trash

The man’s trash is better than writers’ best… It should have been an ordinary bike ride. For 22 miles under the glare of late-May sunshine, 48-year-old Paul Moran pedaled his green bicycle past lobster traps and sailboats along the Massachusetts…

The Squeeze on the Middlebrow

A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture… “Capital in the 21st Century,” by the French economist Thomas Piketty, has become this year’s most unlikely best seller, a crossover from the world of scholarship into general public discussion of a…

How Rye Came Back

I’ve drank more than my fair share of Old Overholt…   The unexpected source of a craft-whiskey boom. “Two bottles of rye!,” Ray Milland barks to a liquor-store clerk in Billy Wilder’s classic 1945 film, The Lost Weekend. “The cheapest. None of that…