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2017: The Best, Worst and “In Betweens”

With the final week of 2017 upon us it’s time once again to take a look back at the year in review. This is always one of my favorite recurring columns to do. As always I will miss a few things that appear in many other “Best/Worst lists”. I have not seen Blade Runner, Dunkirk or Lady Bird, nor have I binged Handmaiden’s tale or The Good Place. I was smart enough to avoid going to the theater to catch movies like Justice League, The Mummy nor did I bother watching Inhumans. I am a generation behind on gaming so I didn’t get to spend time with Cappy on Mario Oddessy nor did I run away from Jason Vorhees and I played only a moment of Cuphead with my Nephew on Christmas.  In my car I largely listened to the news rather than some of the year’s top hits so no music made my list either.  Everything I rank is based on things I watched, read or played and unlike most Best/Worst end of year lists, I like to do a “In-Between Section” (returning this year) of things I didn’t love but didn’t hate but felt like they were worth a mention.

2017 was a highly politically charged year, a year of investigations, a year that talking emojis became a thing and for me personally it was a year of winning homebrew medals, taking my wife to see Metallica live for the first time (an “agreement” we made when we started dating 10ish years ago) and our last year to be kid-free (2018 is going to be a game-changer!). So I can’t wait to review this year

So without further hesitation let’s take a look at my year in review

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Brad’s Crash Course Guide to Homebrewing

Beer is pretty great. People have been drinking it for centuries, empires were built around it (look it up true story) and if you’re of the age to drink, it’s pretty tasty too! Some fans may enjoy beer enough to want to make some! This is my guide to making beer at home. While there are far, far more qualified resources out there, I’m doing this because it’s an activity I like to do and I have a blog that I haven’t updated since mid-summer. For my pop-culture readers, I’ll talk about Spider-man, 80s/90s nostalgia or Halloween candy soon enough. But for now I wanted to post something new. For those still with me, this is a bit long but future posts will be shorter and to the point. I’ll add fun photos of my dog along the way….So here’s a quick-ish read on how to homebrew:

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