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October 2, 2014

Top Fermentation - October 2014

Over the years the St. Louis area has produced some world class divas, including Grace Bumbry (Sumner High School) and Christine Brewer (McKendree College). To this illustrious list I would add the name of Ellen Foley (Rosati-Kain High School and Webster College). While Grace Bumbry was renowned for playing the title role in…

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June 3, 2014

Top Fermentation - June 2014

In addition to his disregard for the national sovereignty of Russia’s neighbors, Vladimir Putin has implemented a plethora of repressive laws and regulations that…

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May 1, 2014

Top Fermentation - May 2014

Graduation season is upon us. During the month of May hundreds of thousands of degrees will be awarded by colleges and universities located in or near counties and towns where Schlafly Beer is available. I’m proud to salute the accomplishments of these recent graduates and am honored…

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April 1, 2014

Top Fermentation - April 2014

Let me tell you how it will be.
There’s one for you, nineteen for me,
‘Cause I’m the tax man, yeah, I’m the tax man.

Should five percent appear too small,
Be thankful I don’t take it all,
‘Cause I’m the tax man, yeah, I’m the tax man.

These memorable lyrics by the Beatles have undoubtedly been running through the minds of many alert readers (ARs) who were around in 1966 as they’ve struggled…

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February 28, 2014

Top Fermentation - March 2014

Alert readers (ARs) of a certain age may recall one of the musical highlights of 1973, namely “Basketball Jones” by Cheech and Chong. The song, a parody of “Love Jones” by Brighter Side of Darkness, tells the tale of… 

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January 2, 2014

Top Fermentation - January 2014

The Dalai Lama and I have something in common.  Neither one of us attended the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. The difference between his situation and mine is that I might have been granted a visa to travel to South Africa for the service if I had applied for one.  The Dalai Lama, on the other hand…

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December 2, 2013

Top Fermentation - December 2013

Some alert readers (ARs) may recall my column from May, 2011, in which I wrote:

Pope Alexander VI…distinguished himself in many ways, not least in hosting orgies worthy of some of the most debauched emperors of ancient Rome. One particularly scandalous party, as described by the papal master of ceremonies, took place on Sunday…

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October 2, 2013

Top Fermentation - October 2013

News organizations from all over the world covered the birth of Prince George of Cambridge on July 22, 2013.  As the eldest son of Prince William, the little prince moved into third place in the line of succession for the British throne.  As far as I know, no one has questioned his paternity…

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September 3, 2013

Top Fermentation - September 2013

St. Louis and London both have histories of relegating unsavory activities to the opposite sides of the rivers that sustain them (east of the Mississippi and south of the Thames, respectively).  Consider, for example, what The Wall Street Journal wrote about Sauget, Illinois in 2006: “Sauget has embraced some of the less-popular remnants of the industrial Midwest as well as the seamier side of the U.S. service economy. Along with companies that smelt zinc, treat sewage and incinerate toxic waste are a brace of strip clubs, two nightclubs…

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August 1, 2013

Top Fermentation - August 2013

Alert Readers (ARs) know by now that this column can at times be somewhat peripatetic. While I always start off with the best intentions of staying focused, I often find myself wandering from topic to topic, confusing both the ARs and myself along the way. I also tend to repeat myself…

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