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jhart

Naperville, IL (by way of Columbus, OH)

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Recent Activity

Comment 13 hours ago

I'm not sure I would want to hear any of my mother's stories from her college experience.  She's a saint in my mind, and I want to keep it that way! Haha.

I'm assuming by your name that you're in New Orleans?  A couple of buddies of mine, and myself, are headed there for the first time in October.  We're going to try to catch the LSU/Florida game while we're there.  Any tips/suggestions of places to see, things to do, would be much appreciated!  Any OSU bars there to watch the Ohio State/Penn State game?

Comment 21 Aug 2015

I'm headed to Columbus for the NIU game next month with a buddy of mine and his step son.  We both went through the evening MBA program from NIU up here in the Chicago 'burbs - he also did NIU undergrad, and his step son is currently an undergrad at NIU.  I, of course, will be decked out in my S&G, but they'll be proudly wearing their NIU gear.  I've already tried to prep him for the meathead contingent of the fan base and hope they don't experience that...but I'll be honest that I'm a little nervous.  I think that since it's just NIU most won't care too much to bother, so that'll hopefully play in their favor.

Comment 21 Aug 2015

Screw STL...and the Cardinals...satanic fowl.

Comment 21 Aug 2015

I try to do the same thing...but for some reason all that good will is completely forgotten by week 2.  And all I hear for the next 10-12 weeks is how I'm an absentee husband during football season, blah blah blah...

Comment 21 Aug 2015

I still use hoss...most recently in reference to my 6 mo. old boy...(he's in the 90+ percentiles for height/weight).

I'm hoping continues and is a Slob in the 2033 recruiting class.

Is whey protein in the formula a bad thing?

Comment 24 Jul 2015

Bibibop*. It trumps all. I honestly do not know why so many people are still so hype on Chipotle. It's good, there's no denying that. But it's been like 3 years since it hit peak white girl. It's time to move on.

It's kind of odd seeing the maturation of the Chipotle brand.  I remember when the first - to my knowledge - location opened in the Columbus area off of Sawmill Rd in Dublin in...geez....1997?...It was uber popular...and stayed that way for what, 10-15 years?

I guess it's still pretty popular, but have we now gotten to the point where the kids that have never known a world without Chipotle are anti-Chipotle?...Interesting...

Queue old man - YOU DON'T KNOW/APPRECIATE LIFE WITHOUT CHIPOTLE! here... :-D

Comment 20 Jul 2015

Yeah, full boil (have an 8 gallon pot and turkey fryer burner).

Thanks for the recommendation of the yeast starter - I'll try to educate myself on that.

Do partial boils impact overall flavor?  I did a partial with the first batch, and while drinkable, it's nothing to go crazy for...just doesn't taste like a Cream Ale should to me...

Comment 20 Jul 2015

I had a blast with the first batch.  My biggest issue is finding the time (2 little ones 3 or under)...I attempted to do something simple with the first one - just a cream ale, but I have a Pliney the Elder clone on deck for my second batch (a big jump in complexity).  Just doing extract brewing right now...maybe jump to full grain at some point.

Best part is that I have a 3 tap kegerator in my basement, so I don't have to mess around with bottling...just straight to my 5 gallon corny.

Comment 20 Jul 2015

I totally get what you guys are saying...I just found it funny how ruffled some people's feathers got because of the commercial.

In my opinion, the biggest thing people forget about that commercial is that it wasn't meant to be attractive to, or convert back, any hard core craft beer drinkers...it was meant for the consumers that GreatfulBuck described (pickup truck drivers, country good'ole boys)...I know some folks like that (minus the mullets and confederate flags) and they immediately identified with the commercial with an "F-ing-A right!"...so it did what it set out to do (at least, what I think it set out to do) and that was to appeal to their base consumer.

Comment 20 Jul 2015

Everybody's experiences and POVs are unique, but from what I saw (I probably read too many magazines/blogs, follow more beer people on Twitter and listen to podcasts about beer, than I should), there was a lot of negative feedback about the commercial (i.e. 'pissiness')...but perhaps what I saw didn't accurately reflect the majority's response.

Comment 20 Jul 2015

Yeah, that makes sense.

As much as I think I know/like 'craft' beer, I know very little about imports from Europe (would like to learn more).  No matter where you're from in the world, it's easier - and usually way cheaper - to know/enjoy what's in your backyard than something from 4,000 miles away.

Comment 20 Jul 2015

I've heard/read the biggest differentiator is the water source there...czech pilsners, in particular, are supposed to get their distinction primarily because of the unique mineral make up of their water.

Comment 20 Jul 2015

Some of those macro lagers are an awesome change of pace beer too...I usually don't have any issues going all day drinking DIPAs, or barrel aged stouts, etc. but sometimes it's nice - especially in hot weather - to have a Coors Light.

Comment 20 Jul 2015

American craft exports to Europe (and other parts of the world) are actually starting to experience explosive growth.  Some American breweries are actually opening some shops over there (Brooklyn and Three Floyds), as the American style is catching on.

Europe, of course, will always be king of the hill in certain categories (e.g. Pils, Lambics, Sours, Saisons, Belgians, etc.) but we do killer jobs in those categories along with IPAs and barrel aging, etc.

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/03/25/craft-beer-exports-near-100-million.html

Comment 20 Jul 2015

I just can't trust an employed man older than 23 and of the opinion Natural Light is objectively better than something like Land-Grant's Stiff-Arm IPA. People like that are ready to die at anytime, and I've learned it's best to avoid those types of people at all costs.

I'm about as beer snobby as they come (actually just brewed my first homebrew batch, and am attempting to grow my own hops in my backyard...) but the last thing I would do is hate on a guy (or gal?) who prefers Natty Light over a craft beer - Land Grant, or any other.  IMO, people should be able to like what they like without getting sh*t for it.

On a side note, this is why I personally loved the AB-Inbev Superbowl "brewed the hard way" commercial...instead of craft beer drinkers busting the chops of macro drinkers, it got thrown back at the craft beer people - on a major stage - and boy did craft beer people get salty about it.

Comment 15 Jul 2015

8 of the top 12 are NBA players? Wow.

Maybe that makes sense if they own rights to the NBA...and why I watch ESPN much less than I used to (not a fan of the NBA in the slightest).