Well, this poster made me smile.  I have recently found myself more interested in Edgar Allen Poe since I discovered the Poe themed craft beer from  RavenBeer out of Baltimore.

There are so many great craft beers!  I haven’t been a beer drinker for nearly 25 years but my niece and new nephew had a beer tasting party at my house.  I got hooked again.  My favorite?   Raven Special Lager.

The raven is the perfect icon for October. Keep track of what you like and what you don’t with the Untappd app.


18 Thoughts to “Open Thread……………………October, 2016”

  1. I’ve never been much of a beer drinker. The only time that I was, was during my time in the Untied Kingdom. Newcastle was my brand then, but to think of room temperature beer has me wondering what was I thinking.

  2. NorthofNokesville

    Nice visual, two thumbs up. I love autumn, but I find using beer to mark the passage of seasons works better for summer and winter. My stalwarts are from Bells in Michigan: Oberon for summer, winter ale for (you guessed it), winter. Their “Two Hearted Ale” might do the trick for autumn (but so does bourbon).

    I’m a Poe fan because of university connections, but if you want a nice Virginia craft brew (there are many) try Lickinghole Creek’s Magic Beaver pale ale. Despite the vaguely R-rated name, it is superb, and Crafted carries it (up north on 15).

    Pro-tip: Wegmans carries a great beer selection, including international. Want a nice Yorkshire pour, they have Black Sheep ale in large bottle, serve room temp. Want to tuck-in for an evening with a fire, try Delerium Tremens. Pricy, worth it.

    1. Well, aren’t you the expert!! Thanks for the tips.
      University connections? Charlottesville? Quoth the raven, Nevermore.

      I am going to have to try magic beaver. You say you can buy it at Wegmans?

      1. NorthofNokesville


        Wegmans has had it from time to time. Crafted usually has it, as does Total Wine if you brave Gainesville.

        13 West Range 🙂

      2. We have Total Wine in Manassas. Imagine that!!! Where is Crafted?

        My home town. Grandfather, mother, father, uncle, aunt, brother all grads. I the women’s college.

  3. Annabel Lee is pretty good also!

  4. Starryflights

    Trump’s Va. chair: Women won’t mind that Trump ‘acted like a frat boy, as a lot of guys do.’

    RICHMOND — The chairman of Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign said Friday that women will not be bothered that the Republican presidential candidate had “acted like a frat boy, as a lot of guys do.”

    Corey A. Stewart, a 2017 contender for Virginia governor, predicted little fallout from the release of a 2005 recording of then-newlywed Trump, in which he brags about groping and aggressively pursuing sex with married women.

    “When people voted for Donald Trump, they knew he wasn’t an angel,” Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of county supervisors, told The Post. “They’re looking for someone who is going to defend them, someone who’s going to bring jobs back, someone who’s going to defend their constitutional rights, and someone who’s going to make America strong again. They are not concerned that at times, Donald Trump acts like a frat boy. Sometimes he does, but that’s OK. They know he’s not an angel. They know that he can save the country, though.”

    “When Bill Clinton did all those horrible things, people still supported him afterward because they know that that is of secondary importance. They want someone who’s going to bring jobs back,” Stewart said. “They’re not concerned about whether he acted like a frat boy, as a lot of guys do.”

    [Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 ]

    Watch: Donald Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005

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    In this video from 2005, Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on “Days of Our Lives” with actress Arianne Zucker. He is accompanied to the set by “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush. The Post has edited this video for length. (Obtained by The Washington Post)

    But GOP strategist Ed Gillespie, a rival for party’s gubernatorial nomination, blasted Trump.

    Gillespie, a White House counselor under then-President George W. Bush, has always been cool to Trump, saying little more than that he would vote for the Republican standard-bearer. Until now, he has avoided weighing in on various Trump controversies.

    “Donald Trump’s recorded comments are in­cred­ibly offensive and demeaning,” Gillespie wrote in a text message to The Post. “All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

    And Virginia GOP chairman John Whitbeck also criticized Trump.

    “Women should never be the subject of comments like this. Ever,” Whitbeck texted.

    Throughout Trump’s tumultuous campaign, the Democratic Party of Virginia has pressed prominent Republicans to take a stand on Trump whenever he made waves. But with the exception of Stewart, most have kept mum.

    “Is this enough for Virginia Republicans to finally pull their support?” read a Democratic Party news release issued Friday, after The Post revealed the audio.

    A spokesman for Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va), another GOP contender, said Wittman “does not condone the objectification of women under any circumstances.” State Sen. Frank W. Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), who is also planning a run for governor, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.

    Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, so far the only Democrat running to succeed term-limited Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), weighed in.

    “As a husband and a father, I am appalled when women are disparaged, disrespected, or objectified,” Northam said in a written statement. “Donald Trump has shown us who he really is and that he is unfit to be President of the United States.”

    Amid an uproar over Trump’s comments about the “Mexican” judge presiding over a Trump University fraud case in the summer, Stewart offered his full-throated support. Stewart wrote on Facebook in June that if any illegal immigrants showed up to protest a Trump appearance in Richmond, “we’re going to kick their asses out of the country.”

    [As other GOP leaders squirm at Trump’s stance on judge, Corey Stewart applauds]

    Stewart has said Virginians who are fed up with establishment politics will be drawn to the presidential candidate — and to his own campaign for governor.


    Corey says this behavior is okay

  5. Cargosquid



    Now I’m hungry.

    1. Where have you been? Hello hello !!!

      1. Cargosquid


        Still around.

        It’s just hard to comment on your new design.
        All I can see is one box at a time and so its hard to read. I have to keep scrolling. Its very awkward. Before, I could read one or two comments, even if they were long.

      2. @Cargosquid

        You must be reading it on a mobile device. Turn it sideways and it makes the comments easier to read .

      3. Cargosquid

        @Joe George

        Actually, I’m on a desktop PC.

      4. I don’t know why you are having problems. I am on a desk top mac. Tell me again what is happening.

      5. It was supposed to help people using mobile devices. I am sorry you are having problems.

  6. Did anyone watch John Oliver Sunday night? Who was the “Steve” from Haymarket who called into Cspan about whatever???? I have no clue what he was really saying.

  7. Pat.Herve

    well now, John McCain has come out and said it – refusing to approve any of President Clinton’s Supreme Court nominee’s. At least McConnell had waited until Obama was President before refusing to work with him.

    On another note, the economy is improving markedly – although slowly. Unemployment down, participation rate (nobody knew what the participation rate was before Obama was President) up, wages increasing, hours increasing. A nice set up if the economy can keep moving along.

    Trump blew he chance to win last week.

    1. I certainly am less partisan than McCain. I defended him many times. If he refuses to vote for a Supreme Court nominee because of party, then perhaps he is just an obstructionist rather than a statesman.

  8. Scout

    Very disappointed in McCain for that remark. You’d think that at this point, he’d be entitled to kick back and enjoy retirement. I was a big fan of his in 2000 – still think he would have done better in thinking his way through post-9/11 than did W. Backed him in 2008 also up to the point that Mrs. Palin demonstrated that we couldn’t risk having a septuagenarian in the White House. Turns out he could have lived out two terms and done well. This most recent remark, however, is inexplicable.

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