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Reactions to The Archer Files: The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator by Ross Macdonald (ed. Tom Nolan)


The Archer Files: The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator, Including Newly Discovered Case Notes by Ross Macdonald My rating: 4 of 5 stars This collection of short stories was my first encounter with Macdonald, and I’m looking forward to digging into the novels. I don’t mean to damn with faint praise by […]

Report: 5th Annual (2010) Barrel Aged Beer Festival at The Bistro: Hayward, CA


This past Saturday (November 13, 2010) I attended The Bistro’s 5th Annual West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival in Hayward, CA. I’m a regular at The Bistro’s Festivals (you can browse past reports and beer lists here). This particular lineup was the possibly the greatest I’ve seen at any festival. Downright epic. The two-sided tasting […]

My favorite glass for Scotch: The Riedel “O” Chardonnay Tumbler


I’ve tasted Scotch whisky from many types of glasses, including several designed specifically for Scotch. But my favorite is a casual wine glass from Riedel’s “O” series of stemless tumblers. The model I like is intended for Chardonnay. Scotch whisky – when served neat, with water, or on the rocks – often comes in a […]

My Favorite Budget Bourbons (and Ryes)


Bourbon is hands down the best value to be found in whisk(e)y in the US today. Quality is high – very little of your grandfather’s rotgut can be found on contemporary shelves. And the prices, while rising far faster than inflation, can’t be beat – especially when compared to Scotch whiskies of similar quality. Following […]