How to Host Your Own ‘Mencktoberfest’

It’s almost mid September, and for every self-respecting, semi-literate Germanophilic Baltimoron — like myself — that can only mean one thing: It’s time to celebrate not one but two holidays: Der Tag and Oktoberfest. The latter, of course, is a wildly popular, mammoth festival held in Germany to promote Bavarian culture and its greatest contributions… Continue reading How to Host Your Own ‘Mencktoberfest’

When It Comes to Easter Beers, Don’t You Want Some Bunny to Love?

Pondering which beers to serve with the upcoming Easter meal got me thinking about the celebration itself. And you know, I gotta say, as holidays go, Easter is a bit silly. At least on the surface, in the way we Americans do it. (Of course, to a devout agnostic, all Americanized, religiously affiliated holidays seem… Continue reading When It Comes to Easter Beers, Don’t You Want Some Bunny to Love?

An Atheist Who Wants to Believe in God! What Would Mr. Mencken Say?

Every year around this time I get up from my chair, walk over to the bookshelf, pull down a volume by H. L. Mencken, pick out a passage, read a few sentences, and start laughing out loud. It’s an odd old habit, I know, and one that I’ve been repeating for many years now. But… Continue reading An Atheist Who Wants to Believe in God! What Would Mr. Mencken Say?

Mencken's Days Are Here Again

On September 12, the writer H. L. Mencken would be 128 years old. That’s not a particularly┬ánoteworthy or auspicious anniversary, I realize. I mention it only because it┬áis around this date that I once again venture over to the shelf, pull down one of his books, and amuse myself. (This is also the time of… Continue reading Mencken's Days Are Here Again