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Happy Holidays

December 25, 2014 Popular Culture, Religion Comments Off on Happy Holidays

Most likely you’re off work today, last night you might’ve celebrated the 8th night of Hanukkah or a family Christmas Eve tradition.  We attended a party in the Shaw neighborhood.

Today we’re staying home, my husband’s family is coming from Springfield IL for a late lunch. Well, I’ve gotta get back in the kitchen.


— Steve Patterson


Tree of Books At St. Louis Central Library

December 23, 2014 Books, Featured, Popular Culture Comments Off on Tree of Books At St. Louis Central Library

The St. Louis Central Library has the best “tree” on display right now.

Tree of books at the Central Library
Tree of books at the Central Library

Beautiful, plus no watering necessary or pine needles to clean up!

— Steve Patterson


Readers Like New York Thin, St. Louis, & Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Styles

In the Sunday Poll readers picked their favorite pizza styles:

Q: Pick two (2) favorite styles of pizza from the following:

  1. New York Thin Crust 14 [25%]
  2. St. Louis Style 13 [23.21%]
  3. Chicago Deep Dish (and stuffed) 12 [21.43%]
  4. The Original: Neapolitan 9 [16.07%]
  5. Detroit Style 4 [7.14%]
  6. California Style 2 [3.57%]
  7. TIE
    1. New England Greek 1 [1.79%]
    2. Unsure/no answer 1 [1.79%]
  8. Chicago Thin Crust 0 [0%]
  9. Tomato Pie 0 [0%]

See descriptions of each here. I like most styles of pizza — except St. Louis. I’ve been here over 24 years but the St. Louis style trio (crust, sauce & cheese) just doesn’t work for me.

— Steve Patterson


Readers Prefer Draught Beer

December 3, 2014 Popular Culture 1 Comment
Comparison between the about.com results and the results on Sunday. Click image to view about.com results,
Comparison between the about.com results and the results on Sunday. Click image to view about.com results

In the Sunday Poll at the start of the week readers indicated a preference for draught beer, with bottles #2. Below are the results:

Q: How do you prefer to drink beer?

  1. Draught (draft) in a glass 20 [55.56%]
  2. Bottle 9 [25%]
  3. Beer Bong 4 [11.11%]
  4. Doesn’t matter as long as they keep coming 2 [5.56%]
  5. N/A 1 [2.78%]
  6. Can 0 [0%]
  7. Plastic cup 0 [0%]

At right is a comparison between these results and the poll I used as the basis. The top two answers in both are the same but then they diverge. Of course, the Sunday Poll isn’t scientific.

— Steve Patterson


Sunday Poll: How Do You Prefer To Drink Beer?

Please vote in the poll, located in the right sidebar
Please vote in the poll, located in the right sidebar

The beer industry has seen lots of changes in my lifetime, as a kid I thought beer was the canned Coors my dad drank at the end of the workday. As an adult I learned beer is also sold in other forms like bottles and draft. The beer options today are much more varied than they were when I turned 21 (1988). Craft beers have taken so much volume from big beer that big breweries have consolidated and began buying craft brewers. See 9 Craft Beers You Didn’t Know Weren’t Craft Beers.

In the news last week was discussion of Budweiser and the use of the famous Clydesdale horses in advertising:

The self-proclaimed King of Beers is more of an afterthought among young consumers at Jake’s and bars across the U.S.: Some 44% of 21- to 27-year-old drinkers today have never tried Budweiser, according to the brand’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV.

Young drinkers aren’t the reason Budweiser volumes have declined in the U.S. for 25 years, from its nearly 50-million-barrel peak in 1988 to 16 million barrels last year. Light beers like its sister, Bud Light, have chipped away at Bud’s share of the market for decades. Bud Light overtook it as the No. 1 selling beer in 2001, and Coors Light displaced it as No. 2 in 2011. (Wall Street Journal – Bud Crowded Out by Craft Beer Craze)

This got me to thinking about a poll on beer, but different than previous polls in 2009 & 2013. I used a poll I found online as the model for today’s poll question: How do you prefer to drink beer?

Various answers like plastic cup, can, bottle are listed. The poll is open until 8pm (Central) today, results will be posted Wednesday. The poll is at the top of the right sidebar.

— Steve Patterson




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