I know it sounds kinda scary to say, but Halloween is my favorite American holiday. Or at least it tops the list of Holidays-With-No-Purpose — that is, celebrations that we all celebrate for no reason other than celebrating something. I mean, does anybody really care what Halloween’s all about? I realize there are lots of… Continue reading No Tricking: Here's an Altogether Ooky Grab-bag of Treats for Your Halloween
Scribbleskiff is sitting in dry-dock for a spell. We’re taking some time away from the business of busyness to rest and clear out the scuppers, so to speak, to restock our supplies, chart new courses, and ready ourselves for the next adventure. For instance, we’re keeping our weather eye trained on the approaching, unusually large waves… Continue reading A Triple Trifecta of Trivial Treats
Eat fresh. Yes, I’m quoting the simplistic and simply cloying Subway ad campaign. I’m not sure it even makes sense, grammatically speaking (and I’m not the only one). But it’s nonetheless a not-unwise directive for healthy living. After all, when was the last time you ordered an Italian BMT, glanced at the contents, and returned it… Continue reading For Goodness’ Sake, Drink Fresh!
Whether or not you would say boo to a beer, the fact of the matter is, in about two weeks, someone is going to say “boo!” to you. That’s right, Halloween is right around the corner again, and that can only mean one thing, at least in my house — it’s time to find a… Continue reading Bottle #5: Saying ‘Boo!’ and ‘Bye to the Second-Annual Baltimore Beer Week
This week, Scribblskiff is like CNN, except sudsier. In other words, we’re all beer, all the time. Why? Well, as mentioned previously here, we are celebrating “Baltimore Beer Week” and decided that a single post’s worth of palaver wouldn’t do justice to the scale of this second-annual event. As a result, we’ve been offering one brief… Continue reading Bottle #4: When a Beer’s Like a Great Book
Sometimes less is not enough and only more is more. That seems to be the case with “Baltimore Beer Week” — and our coverage of it here at Scribbleskiff. There are so beery many things to do (and to discuss) during this celebration that the organizers thought the “week,” which runs from October 7-17, needed… Continue reading Bottle #3: You From Jersey? What Exit?
This week at Scribbleskiff represents a variation on the theme of a cherished childhood bus-ride boredom-killing song. There aren’t actually 99 bottles of beer lined up on the wall — it’s more like seven. But we are taking down what we have, one bottle at a time, and sharing the contents, virtually, of course, with… Continue reading Bottle #2: This Stillwater Runs Deep
If it’s true what Benjamin Franklin once purportedly observed, that “beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” then the heavens are certainly smiling down on my neck of the woods right now. For one thing, the city where I live and work is in the throes of the second-annual “Baltimore… Continue reading Enjoying Beer ‘Week,’ One Bottle at a Time
As a contemporary once noted, Sir Thomas More always stayed true to his beliefs, under any and all circumstances, despite what others thought or how they wanted him to behave. He was, in a word, “A man for all seasons.” And although these are the traits I prefer for our men of principle (presidents, philosophers,… Continue reading More for Less: Six Beers for One Season
To celebrate American Craft Beer Week, which was held May 17th-23rd, I got in touch with my inner Yankee and set out to discover something new and different. I’m not sure how successful I was, but sometimes achievement is measured by how much you learn, not how far you reach. You may be wondering, “American… Continue reading Beer Makers Are Getting Crafty to Serve People Learning to Lead a Gluten-free Life