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I am high on Boulevard beers right now.  I eschewed their Pale Ale and Wheat beers for a number of years, but I believe they have stepped up their game a bit the last few years, and my taste has changed, too.  Here is a fine Irish Ale with a little more bite than other Irish Red Ale-style beers I have tasted.  This could easily replace my utility beer, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, as the beer I drink with chili, burgers, pizza, and steak and after I mow lawns.  Good, full-flavored ale.  It's a seasonal though.  Get it while you can.  Thanks +Boulevard Brewing Co 

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This deep, dark, Bully Porter is for you, +John Corby.

(https://www.boulevard.com/BoulevardBeers/bully-porter/)

I have two bottles of their special, limited, Chocolate Raspberry beer icing down now (http://www.boulevard.com/chocolate-ale-with-raspberry/).
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Pat, I am firmly of the opinion that beer (and by beer I mean ale, not lager; I don't like lager) is made with malted barley, hops, water and yeast. Any other ingredient should banned on pain of death. My favourite beers have either a strong malty flavour or a strong hoppy flavour. The character of a beer is often formed through the use of a unique strain of yeast maintained by the brewmaster. The older the brewery is, the more likely they are to have perfected a highly unique strain of yeast.

Beer should also be "alive", meaning it should contain live yeast. Mass produced beers are filtered and pasteurized to eliminate all traces of yeast. The best beers available in Ontario require careful decanting because there is yeast in the bottle or can. Do beers in your state come unfiltered?

My Limey heritage forbids me from keeping my beer in the fridge. If beer is too cold it loses its flavour. The Limeys serve their beer at cellar temperature which is usually a few degrees below room temperature. It is a popular myth that they drink warm beer. Actually, even the term "Limey" is a mistake perpetrated by the US Navy based on the belief that British navy ships carried fresh limes on board to prevent scurvy. They didn't; they carried unripe (green) lemons. Sorry sailor.

But, if you like drinking frosty, candy-assed beers, y'all just carry on sailor ;-)
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Ahhhhh....
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I beg to differ, Mr. Corby.  I have actually come to like the flavor very much.  Goose Island makes an excellent coffee-flavored beer, Fulton Street Blend (pours golden), and I have been drinking many others.  Boulevard has just released Early Riser, which I am looking forward to greatly.  It's an acquired taste, and one I am glad to have acquired.  (It's good to hear from you, too)
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A Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Scenario course offered through the FEMA website.  Much of the class is common sense, but I enjoyed it, I don't see anything wrong with being a little more prepared than normal, and I don't think I wasted my time going through the material (about 30 minutes).  Some good take-aways, references, etc.  
FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Independent Study Course overview: IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do
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Have any of you rooted and flashed a new ROM on the new (2015 version) kindle Fire 7 (KFFOWI)?

I have a kindle Paperwhite.  I don't stream movies to a tablet.  I am not going to read a book on a tablet.  I like the Paperwhite's e-ink display.  All I want to do with a reading device is read.  

With that said, I bought one of the cheap-O kindle Fire tablets for $35 (normally $50) on Black Friday.  As much as I like Amazon, the minute I get it, I am going to root it, load up a new Android OS (or disable all of the Amazon stuff), and use it as my controller for the Roku, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Google Music.  No, I won't watch the content on the tablet, but I will chromecast everything to my TV.  

I was looking around for a cheap phone to use similarly (I hate using my primary phone or my laptop for these activitis) when someone suggested I use the Amazon kindle Fire instead, and the very next day it was $35.  If I brick it, I'll toss it.  By the way, I have the latest iPad (courtesy of my work), and all I do with it is watch it using news apps.

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Powerful, full-featured Fire tablet--with beautiful 7" IPS display, fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, rear and front facing cameras, and up to 128 GB of expandable storage.
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In the community, you can figure out to root your fire, install Google Play Store, and more.
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Ahhhh. Vacation officially started.
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Have a great one.
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A slow pour of Early Riser Coffee Porter.  Could not be more pleased.  Nice job +Boulevard Brewing Co.  I may start drinking this in the mornings.  

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Attended this gun show yesterday, +Jeff Munson.  Huge crowd.  I was mainly looking for some inexpensive accessories for a project, but there were no bargains to be had.  What I find surprising is that many of the new weapons for sale at the show could be purchased for hundreds of dollars less online, yet I saw purchases left and right.  The line at the NICS area snaked through the crowd, and that was just to get to the sitting area where you filled out the forms (before purchasing from a dealer).  Many were exploiting the "loophole," that is private sales of guns between individuals.  The gun show does provide an opportunity for those wishing to sell their guns through private sales the opportunity to meet with like-minded people, but those transactions can take place anywhere and not just at gun shows.  Is it right?  Eh.  By law I can't sell to a known criminal or anyone I know that shouldn't own a gun, like a minor.  If I ask a guy if he can legally possess a firearm, and he says he can, I have to take his word for it.  Maybe in the future there will be a way to show that a NICS has been performed or something similar.  Regardless, the show was packed, parking was crazy, and there was even a shuttle bus moving people to different parking areas.  
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just days after president Obama issued an executive order on gun control, vendors at Missouri's largest gun show said it is having an impact on sales. Lines circled the front do...
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I got this for Christmas.  Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter.  Let's just say it is interesting, and I would likely buy a six to mix in with other porters, stouts, ales, etc.     #opticalexperiments  
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Hmm...I might have to give that a go!
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Play it in December, too....
 
It's not just for Christmas...Play it.  Play it in August and March, too.
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Headed out to a pub crawl in Kansas City with my wife, dad, and my two oldest daughters.  It's a little early for me, but a pint should sit nicely on top of a full breakfast, right?   #kansascity   #beer  
This year marks the 26th birthday of three of craft beer's finest-- Boulevard Brewing Company, Free State Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Company. Join us in celebrating in the best way we know how with an 80's themed pub crawl through 39th Street West in Kansas City, MO. We'll have stops at D.B. Cooper's, Drunken Worm, Fric & Frac, Gilhouly's, Hi-Dive, Jazz and MO Brew. A $15 ticket (plus ticketing fees) gets you a commemorative t-shirt and p...
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Enjoying a pint of +Rogue Ales & Spirits​ Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Not too shabby. I have enjoyed many of their beers while visiting Oregon. Glad they are now available in the Midwest
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