Monthly Archives: October 2009

HopMonk – Cold Frothy Blasphemy, Mmmm…

Fresh off a wonderful trip to Sonoma and I just can’t wait to rave about the amazing beer I found. That’s right, don’t adjust your hearing aid, grandpa… I’m talking about a rare oasis of brew in the middle of the one of the wine capitals of the world.

HopMonk Tavern, in Sebastapol, CA, is an ode to everything that makes German food and bier great. The short list of in-house suds such as the light-bodied Kellerbier, the malty Dunkelweizen and the California-inspired Tavern Ale offer an homage to the German monastery brewing traditions. But as you read down the wine list, you come across venerable Holy hop heavyweights, mostly from California and the west coast.

HopMonk Tavern

HopMonk Tavern... A kleine piece of Germany in the middle of Sonoma

As if great beer wasn’t enough, HopMonk’s pub menu continues to transport you from Cali to Koln with one taste of the Oktoberfest-inspired Saurbraten or Wienerschnitzel (both specials). Der Regular Menu marches on as well with spectacular garlic fries, steamed mussels and fish n’ chips so crunchy you can’t help but shout “Jawohl”!

Add to it an extensive covered Biergarten and classic architecture (rough-hewn oak beams and fieldstone walls) and you have yourself a mini-Oktoberfest in the middle of vine country.

So next time you’re in Sonoma, take the vineyard tours, but it’s the bier at HopMonk that’s really going to knock your lederhosen off. Prost!

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Who Knew the Recession Could be So Sexy?

Puma puts a new twist on the global slow down by creating the only stock ticker that catches my eye. As the index plummets, their models take their close off. As the market rises, the close come back on. As they say, “if someone’s going to lose their shirt, might as well be our models.”

Here’s to tight kicks and another financial collapse. ;-o

Come on Microsoft! Crash and Burn!

Come on Microsoft! Crash and Burn!

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Speedy Delivery – Communication Gets Old School

In these days of Tweets, txts, pics and pokes, it’s easy to forget that communication is all about style. Thanks to the officials at the Bureau of Communication, classic telegrams have found a breath of new life in an increasingly digital world.

Official BOC Folios

Official BOC Folios

Say goodbye to stickies, evites and emails. Dialog just got bureaucratic again thanks to the Bureau of Communication. Because that whole brevity thing is overrated after all.

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Ork Posters – ‘Cuz Every City Needs a Little Style

After drooling over these unique posters for months, I was able to visit the Ravenswood Art Walk (RAW) this past weekend and visit the Ork studios for myself. Check out these one-of-a-kinders for yourself. Bee’s Knees Approved!

I purchased the Deep Red poster of Chicago Neighborhoods

I purchased the Deep Red poster of Chicago Neighborhoods

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