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Barons head home…

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

It was announced tonight that the Birmingham Barons will actually be moving to…. Birmingham.  I can’t wait for this move.  I’m not what you would call a rabid baseball fan, but I do enjoy going to games- and it’ll be nice to have them closer to home.  Hoover played hardball to keep the Barons, but a new move to build up the downtown area won out.  It will be interesting to see where Birmingham’s new endeavor takes it, but the city’ efforts to improve downtown have so far been a very positive effort, to me.  I can’t wait for the first pitch.

Update: Mayor Bell says he’s excited about the Barons coming back, but the deal isn’t 100% done.

The beer world comes full circle.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

You may remember that in October, I posted a picture of the U.S. Army’s CPT Daniel Reid, who was standing near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, wearing his Free The Hops t-shirt. Saturday night in Hoover, I went to the FTH Christmas party, and was honored to meet the man in person. It turns out we are both fans of Greg Mortenson, and had a good chat about him and his work. Even cooler than that- in the dirty Santa (fueled by beer….it was FTH, after all) CPt Reid wound up with the bottle of Dark Lord Imperial Stout I’d placed in the ring. He plans to open it new year’s eve in Times Square. Sounds like a pretty good plan to me.

If anyone makes a Who Let The Dogs Out? reference, I’ll punch them in the teeth.

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Where’s the beef? Not on my burger. A few days ago, my friend Robbie gave me a tip about Baha Gourmet Burgers, the new lunch spot near my office.


To its credit, it’s also open for dinner. Even more to its credit, it’s one of the best burgers I’ve had in quite a while. I had a chicken burger with arugula and tropical salsa. That’s just the sort of thing you’ll find there. Burgers range from beef to pork to salmon to veggie. You can get them with chutney, remoulade, Aioli, and a variety of other toppings. Each of their regular-build burgers even has a beer pairing on the menu….even the baby burger for kids. It’s paired with root beer. :)

So why post about a new burger joint? Besdies the fact it’s pretty tasty, I was interested to see there are just three lcoations: two in the metro (Hoover, to be exact), and another in Isla Ensenada. Yes, that’s right- it’s in that wonderland of malaria, Panama. Now, the other interesting bit. It was founded by the owners of a small chain of Greek restaurants. Let’s do the math: purveyors of Greek fare open a Hawaiian-surfer-scene themed burger joint, and open one in central America. I don’t really get it, either…but I do do get that the sweet potato fries are very tasty.