On the way to perfection: Funk Factory's latest bottle pre-sale blows the doors off

With O’so Brewing’s annual anniversary party coming up in November, the brewery has once again teamed up with Funk Factory Geuzeria to release two limited-quantity beers. Those bottles went on sale at noon on Thursday on the ticket-selling site Brown Paper Tickets.

Within 90 seconds, every one of the roughly 900 bottles each of White Lodge Reserve and Frampaars were in placed in electronic shopping carts.

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Flyover Friday - C ya later

Sorry to give you another late listicle, but I do want to make note of one major change: Carlos Acevedo is apparently leaving the Des Moines Register. There's no real explanation offered in the announcement, which he did not pen, but there you have it. A vacancy, if you're reading this with dreams of restaurant critic-dom. Here's last week's Flyover Friday.

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Flyover Friday - You don't say

There was a story on NPR yesterday about frog sex -- bear with me. The story was about how frogs choose mates, and the way preference is displayed when there are two roughly equal options. The story specifically discussed what's called the decoy theory, which is when a shitty-ass third option is introduced, and the net effect is that it completely reverses the prior preference between the first two options. No one ever picks the shitty third option, it just totally mucks up the decision-making process related to the two reasonable options. This story was three minutes and fifteen seconds long, and I don't know how this happened but the hosts never once said the word "Trump." It's the words we say and don't say, today on Flyover Friday.

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My best of the fest: Great Taste winners, 2015

Last year's Great Taste was, for me, an object lesson in not getting sidetracked by one tent. (With my last sip I spit at thee, back-side of 2014 Tent 500!) This year, while Tent 100 was heavily weighted with all my pre-event map pins, I managed to visit every tent at least once with the exception of the vintage arcade tent with Karben4, Great Lakes, and others. There's always next year -- unless next year those guys decide to have less fun. (Looking at YOU, Leinenkugel's, not bringing the Bubblicious Weisse.)

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Flyover Friday - Yeah so I had a few

Great Taste of the Midwest happened this last weekend, and as you know, Friday's almost as much a party -- maybe even bigger -- as Saturday. I didn't even plan on putting any Flyover Friday together, knowing I'd be busy drinking. Then I thought, why not, I'm always late anyway, and then I saw the list of reviews. It's long. So here you go, have a few reviews in list format in lieu of the usual Flyover Friday.

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How I'll spend my Great Taste Eve

One of the greatest decisions I ever made was to start taking Great Taste Eve off from work. Practically, it makes sense; there are frequently visitors coming to our house this time of year -- this specific weekend, I mean -- so there's cleaning to do. Then there's the fun stuff. The beer stuff. And it doesn't wait for the whistle at the end of the shift, man. Be there or be square.

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Full house: MobCraft and House of Brews throw another pre-GTMW party

Full house: MobCraft and House of Brews throw another pre-GTMW party

MobCraft may be pulling up stakes for its new Milwaukee digs soon (-ish), but the creative team behind the crowdsourced brewery hasn't packed up yet, and the night before the Great Taste of the Midwest is as good a night as any to party. I sat down to discuss this year's Mob the House with Henry Schwartz of MobCraft and Page Buchanan of House of Brews, and sampled most of the MobCraft beers that'll be on offer.

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