BURN THE BAN
Keep smokers inside: Local Chicago lawmakers are glad that the state took the ball and ran with it. ["Enforcement Could Burn City Smoking Ban," Chad Garrison]. Many off-duty Chicago police officers are patrons at the small neighborhood bars that ignore the ban. They prefer bar patrons staying inside — bothering absolutely no one — than congregating on the street, which is public property that the bar owner has no control over.
Bob, via the Internet
CAFÉ, APRIL 30, 2009
GEM OF THE CENTRAL WEST END
Don't ever change, Dressel's: Oh my God, my favorite place on the planet ["Still Dressel's After All These Beers," Ian Froeb]! But Ian, how could you not mention the cockles and laverbread (Welsh caviar)? Dressel's has been a haven for years, and James is the unsung bartender hero: smart, funny and has tips on everything from great camping spots to new music. Don't tell too many people, though. It's nice to have an unspoiled gem in the Central West End to retreat to after a tough day.
DresselsFanatic, University City, via the Internet
THE RUNDOWN, APRIL 30, 2009
MOUND OF TROUBLE
Red-hot Brewer ace coming soon: Get ready for it when the Brewers come into town next weekend ["Yovani Gallardo Is Better Than the Cardinals," Aaron Schafer]. You won't even need to worry about Ryan Braun hitting a go-ahead homer in the ninth and the Cards' bullpen blowing another game this time around. The game won't even get to that point with Yo on the mound.
Brew Crew, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, APRIL 24, 2009
Blame it on the Commish: I don't have a damn clue why they don't serve Busch, but I do know why they don't serve the tall-boys anymore ["Good Luck Finding a Busch Beer at Busch Stadium This Year," Chad Garrison]. Apparently, in the off-season, Commissioner Bud Selig and his pals decided to make the maximum beer serving size sixteen ounces at all ballparks. So that's not Sportservice's fault, or the Cardinals' fault. It's the commissioner's fault. To which I say, good job, Commish. Now go spend that $18 million paycheck of yours wisely, douchebag.
Donut King, via the Internet
Trash talk: Anyone that prefers Busch over Schlafly doesn't deserve to be allowed out of the trailer park.
You're White Trash, via the Internet
Busch can take a hike: I personally wouldn't be heartbroken at all if Busch disappeared altogether, but I can appreciate how others who like that beer feel. You can be rest assured, though, that if it's selling more they'll keep it around, so drink up. A good reason for all the Busch fans to let their taste buds be heard, I guess. Anytime there's a choice between a local microbrew and a macrobrew, I'll always go the extra mile to find the former. Schlafly makes some great beer, I think.
Cracker, via the Internet
Dirty water: If you knew what good beer was, you wouldn't have to worry about complaining about not having Busch beer. You might as well drink dirty water.
MicroFan, via the Internet
DINNER IS SERVED
Earlier this week in New York, the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its annual food-journalism competition. Kristen Hinman took first place in the category "Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes" for her story, "The Pope of Pork." Published in our November 27, 2008, issue, the article profiled Russ Kremer, a southwest Missouri native who founded a hog-farming collective committed to sustainable agriculture methods.
This is Hinman's second James Beard Award; she topped the same category in 2006, for "Something Fishy," a feature about the cutthroat world of domestic caviar harvesting and Missouri's native natural caviar resource, the shovelnose sturgeon.
— Tom Finkel