• A Florida man has been arrested after chugging a can of beer during a DUI stop. Daryl Royal Riedel had originally been pulled over by Deputy Anthony Lopez, but out of fear drove off a short distance in his pickup truck before stopping. Once stopped, he got out of his truck, beer can and all and chugged it right in front of the deputy. Riedel, who has three prior DUI convictions and a fourth pending from last year, now faces charges of felony DUI, fleeing from a deputy, driving with a suspended license, and failure to submit a breath test. Read the whole story here!

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  • Coined in the early 1900s, the word "alcoholiday" means leisure time spent drinking. Happy Alcoholiday!
    Tuesday is my day to spend some time at my home away from home, The Brass Tap – 421 Main Street in Cedar Falls. I love this place because of all of craft beers on tap and the new ones offered all the time. The Brewery of the Month is Surly Brewery from Minneapolis, MN. I’ve had a couple of the offerings but the one I had this past Tuesday, was incredible. It was THE most interesting beer I’ve had yet! It’s a “Farmhouse Ale/Saison”. According to beeradvocate.com, “Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there's been a massive revival; especially in the US.
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  • Remember the sound of 1978? Remember the albums that created that sound?
    ELEVEN: ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION – Champaign Jam (March 31) The band’s second Top 10 hit, “Imaginary Lover” came from this album. Peaked at #7 in the U.S. Many don’t realize that Artimus Pyle was the drummer/percussionist. He joined after Lynyrd Skynyrd’s tragic end. He would eventually rejoin a regrouped Skynyrd for a tour and new album, ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991”. That album was actually very good too!
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  • Norway's first aircraft hijacking was resolved after the hijacker surrendered his weapon in exchange for more beer. Beer stops terrorism.
    Was at my second home, The Brass Tap (421 Main St. Cedar Falls, IA), and found that the new Brewery of the Month for June is Surly Brewery from Minneapolis, MN. There are 5 taps with Surly product right now. One of the beers I HAD to try was named after a Mecca for Prince fans – First Avenue PLUS 1.
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  • Jasone Thomas of Polk County, Florida was caught red handed trying to steal from a Mulberry homeowner. Story goes Jasone had been leaving the home he just burglarized, when the homeowner pulled into his driveway and yelled “What the hell are you doing?” The thief dropped the items out of his hand, including speakers, mail and Old Spice deodorant, and fled. He also happened to drop his own personal belongings including clothes, a charger cord, and a letter with his name on it. Jasone has been arrested. He must stink at more than just robberies.
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  • In 1956, the U.S. exploded atomic bombs near a few beers to see if they are safe to drink. They are indeed. Add beer to the list of things to survive nuclear war. Cockroaches, Keith Richards and beer.
    I spent some more time at my home away from home this week; The Brass Tap in Cedar Falls. Before I talk about a beer, I want to mention some of the food. Wow! Not traditional bar food, at all. Upscale pub grub is what I would call it. On Tuesday (my usual night to go there), I asked bar-maiden Carly, what food item she would suggest to someone who needed something filling and tasty. She suggested some appetizers and sides but I meant meal. She said, “Well then, it has to be the Pub Burger! I’ll recommend that all day!” I took her advice and I can tell you, she is a genius! The Brass Tap Signature (TBTS) burger is a gourmet blend of chuck, brisket and short rib meat. That alone says a lot! Juicy and flavorful. However, they send it over the top Applewood bacon, smoked Gouda and the piece de resistance, Jalapeño cream cheese, topped with fresh leaf lettuce and tomato. You can add purple onion and pickles if you wish, as they put them on the side for you. Served with amazing, crispy fries, this burger is THE burger to beat. I love hamburgers and have had some great ones, but this is tops for me. They even suggest a couple beers to pair it with on the menu.
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  • President Jimmy Carter signed a bill that created an exemption from taxation of beer brewed at home for personal or family use, opening the door for today's craft beer brewers. HUZZAH!
    I stopped in to my home away from home and blog sponsor, The Brass Tap – Craft Beer Bar and bellied up to the bar for some tasty brewski’s!
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  • Hope you enjoy the memories!
    More music memories from 1988!
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