Archive for March, 2010

Aging Homebrew

March 23, 2010

Over a year and a half ago, I brewed a seriously dark, rich, high alcohol Imperial Stout. It was very good but frankly didn’t seem to be aging all that well. So I mostly drank it up. About 6 months ago, I thought it had passed its prime getting a kind of acidic sourness (not that lovely sour we like in some Belgian styles) and I drank a few and ignored the rest. I was cleaning out the basement the other day and stumbled upon the last 6 pack and opened one last night. Oh, if I only had patience. It’s a whole new beer, rich and creamy with a deep roasted backbone–and all that acid and sourness are gone. It’s a great beer and now I’m lamenting having drunk any at all months ago. Now what to do? Drink those last precious few or see what happens to them in a few more months? Dilemmas, dilemmas.

Haiti Benefit, Part II

March 19, 2010

We were treated to a fabulous event of music and poetry the other night. The evening began with music by Cornell’s living & learning music group “Octave.” They played a set of jazz tunes as the crowd congregated, followed by a set of more experimental music at the intermission.

We then heard brief readings from both Kiki Petrosino and Patrick Rosal. You can see their bios in the previous post.

But no doubt the highlight of the evening was after the intermission. After a raffle, silent auction and more music by Octave, Patrick and Kiki gave an impromptu collaborative reading with the two poets going back and forth, choosing poems sparked by the previous poet’s poem. Theme and image bounced back and forth, sometimes directly, sometimes obliquely, but always throwing the individual’s work in a new light as we listened through the lens of the previous poem. The energy between the readers was incredible and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed this lively, spontaneous reading.  One of the finest events I’ve been proud to be a part of at Cornell.  Many thanks to Kiki and Patrick for the wonderful evening. And now I’m especially looking forward to having Patrick on campus when he teaches an advanced poetry course for us, “Strangers on a Personal Level.” Will be a great addition to next year’s curriculum.

Haiti Benefit Poetry Reading

March 17, 2010

I’m looking forward to tonight’s poetry reading/Haiti benefit. Music, raffles, and two fabulous poets. Should be a great time, so come join us if you can.

The English Department presents:

An evening of Poetry to benefit Haiti
Featuring: Patrick Rosal & Kiki Petrosino

Poetry, Music, Raffles!

Wednesday, March 17
7:00, Hedges Lounge

Cornell College

Patrick Rosal is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, which won the Members’ Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and My American Kundiman, which won the Association of Asian American Studies 2006 Book Award in Poetry as well as the 2007 Global Filipino Literary Award

Kiki Petrosino is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first collection of poems, Red Fort Border, was published by  Sarabande Books in 2009. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Forklift Ohio, POOL, Unpleasant Event Schedule, and elsewhere. She is programming director at the International Writers Program and the University of Iowa.

Iowa Beer Laws

March 9, 2010

News Flash:

Governor Culver will sign the state government reorganization bill, SF 2088, into law, 11:30 a.m on Wednesday March 10.

While this is not the original bill, SF 2091, that was designed specifically to change Iowa’s beer rules, the reorganization bill does include an amendment that raises the limit of alcohol in beer from 5% to 12%. The old limit meant any stronger beer was actually classified as a hard liquor and was distributed through the state. Great breweries such as Founder’s simply haven’t wanted to deal with Iowa at all–this should open the gates up to these breweries. It also levels the playing field for Iowa brewers and allows them to brew more varieties of beers.

A little economic and cultural common sense here.

A pint for all my friends!