Top 10 Breweries I Want to Visit


We’ve all got our wish lists — beers we want to drink, books we want to read, famous people we’d like to have a meal with. (Robert Downey Jr. and Elizabeth Gilbert, I’m looking at you!)

Here’s my brewery wish list — the top 10 spots I want to visit, grouped by the reason why. (As if I need one, am I right?!)

Don’t be shy — I want to know what’s on your wish list too!

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Because their brews fascinate me

Because I love their beers already

Because they came highly recommended

TRVE Brewing Co.

Because I’m a sucker for an awesome logo

So what breweries are you most excited to visit? You know what to do — comment, comment, comment! 🙂

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Let’s Help Black Pond Brews Open a Brewery



Opening a brewery is no easy task. With the Connecticut craft beer scene growing like it’s been growing over the past year or so, maybe we can help Mike and Cory of Black Pond Brews get their brewery up and running.

The goal? Raise $15,000 in one month. The deadline? March 4. Think we can do it?

Visit the Black Pond Brews page for info on how to donate and check out the sweet rewards for your generosity.

(Video by Alex Hardesty, Photo Credit: Black Pond Brews YouTube video)

Holy Crap, Hermione and Ron Shouldn’t Have Been Together


What a revelation. J.K. Rowling said she regretted Ron and Hermione ending up together. And I ain’t even mad. Why?

I totally get it. There were times, when reading the books and watching the movies, that I thought Hermione and Harry just moved better together. I don’t necessarily mean physically, although that’s part of it.

It’s what I call “The Dance.” When I was living with my ex-boyfriend and the relationship was good, our movements were fluid. One example: I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom before work and he came in to get something.

As he was walking by me, he saw that my back pocket was askew and he fixed it. Didn’t say a word. He just did it. That’s “The Dance.”

And that’s how Harry and Hermione moved — fluidly, easily. With her and Ron, the movements were disjointed and difficult to predict.

That’s probably why she picked him. Some women like the unpredictability of a situation or a person — she never knew if he was going to be sweet one second or hostile the next.

That kind of relationship is like a roller coaster — one minute you’re down because of a sharply spoken word or way they disappointed you and then if they’re sweet to you, in comparison, it feels really great.

Harry pretty much always treated Hermione with the same level of respect. It wasn’t an anomaly, so it didn’t make her feel that huge up-spike of happiness when it happened.

See what I mean?

So I get it. Harry’s the steady ship and Ron is the storm-tossed vessel. In this Hypable article, Emma Watson was quoted as saying that some Harry Potter fans feel the same way as the famous author does and aren’t sure if Ron could have made Hermione happy.

I gotta wonder if he could have. I think the relationship would be fraught with awkwardness and not seeing eye to eye, very much like when you’re with a dance partner who just doesn’t fit.

What do you think? I know these are fictional characters but we see the connections between literary characters and us all the time so let’s chat! Do you think Harry and Hermione would have been a better match or do you like the Ron-Hermione duo?

Or should Harry have ended up with Luna Lovegood?! 

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(Graphic by I’m Harry Freakin’ Potter, flickr creative commons)