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The 3 Beers You Need For Thanksgiving

My go-to is a saison, usually Boulevard Tank 7.

Cast Iron Cooking: The Easy Pull-Apart Pepperoni Garlic Knots That Will Forever Change How You Entertain

It's 90 degrees and humid in San Diego right now, but you've STILL got me thinking about firing up the oven.

Manner Matters: Birthday Bill Blues

You pay for your friend on his birthday, regardless of who did the inviting. Why? BECAUSE IT'S HIS BIRTHDAY.

Are These the Top 10 In-N-Outs in America?

The Upland one was my college In-n-Out. Rarely ate there, though. Hit the drive thru at midnight and straight back to campus.

Which is the Best Beer City?

There are plenty of great beer cities, but anybody who thinks San Diego isn't top dog are kidding themselves. It's not just the sheer number of breweries, either. It's the overwhelming quality (11 medals at last year's GABF, 4 of them gold), the bars and bottle shops (6 of Draft Magazine's 100 best beer bars), and an incredibly active and passionate homebrewing community that make it the best beer city in the world.

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Lower-Alcohol Dark Beers

I love the Bruery's Hottenroth, a 3.1% Berliner Weisse that's crisp and slightly tart. Could drink it all day. If you stretch your limit by just a bit, Mother Earth's Cali Creamin' vanilla cream ale clocks in at 5.2%. it's smooth and slightly sweet, with a good helping of vanilla.

Know Your Sweets: Cinnamon Rolls

As someone who was also born in 1985, I have to tell you that Cinnabon is still very young. It's only almost 30!

Poll: How Many Slices is Lunch?

One, when I'm exercising self control. Two otherwise.

Poll: À la Carte Burgers at Restaurants: Way or No Way?

Once the price is into the double digits, I expect a burger to be a meal, and that means a side of some sort.

Poll: Fries on Burgers: Way or No Way?

It works for the California burrito, so why not? I'm not saying it's going to work for every burger, but there's nothing inherently wrong with the concept.

Ask a Cicerone: What's the Next Big Thing in Beer?

Of course the rep from Sam Adams is the one two years behind the curve.

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a KettlePizza Pro 22 Kit

I can't think of any serious mistakes my father's ever made when it comes to pizza.

Ask a Cicerone: What's The Weirdest Beer You've Tried?

The weirdest beer I've ever had was Victory at Cereal. Ballast Point takes a cask of their Victory at Sea and adds a whole box of Captain Crunch. There is no reason in the world it should taste good, but it's strangely enjoyable. Like cereal milk beer.

How to Decipher the Beer List at Your Local Craft Beer Bar

Most importantly: If you have questions, ask your bartender! If the bar you're in doesn't have a knowledgeable bartender, you should find a different bar.

Market Scene: Hillcrest Farmers Market, San Diego

Pretty sure last week was the end of the citrus at Sweet Tree, but the yellow nectarines I got there have been perfect.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

It's gotta be the burger at Davanti Enoteca. Instead of a slice of cheese, it has a patty of griddled cheese curds. It's amazing.

5 Great No-Frills Spots to Drink Beer in Seattle, WA

Good timing. I'm visiting at the end of the month and was wondering where I should drink.