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Starkweather Beer Company

 When I moved back to Madison to attend law school in 1987, we moved to a crappy little apartment near the banks of Starkweather Creek on the unfashionable east side.  Today, the east side is booming, and one of the newer brewpubs is called Starkweather Beer Company. It was Saint Pat's Day.  While Guinness is a decent light-bodied stout, I opted for Starkweather's dry Irish Stout, named "Jamestown Jackdaw." Coming in at 5.9 ABV, it had a malty chewable backbone.  It's a new favorite stout for me.  Julia had Late Winter Haze, a New England IPA that didn't have as much fruitiness as she likes in a hazy.  It was still well-executed. We walked down the street to the Harmony Bar, where Julia enjoyed a complete corn beef and cabbage dinner.  I opted for the Reuben sandwich.  Mine was washed down with an Edmund Fitzgerald porter from Great Lakes Brewing.  Julia enjoyed her Chaos Pattern IPA from 3 Sheeps Brewing.  Both are great beers. Justin update:   After a long h

Replacing the Ugly Foot

I realized that my main page is still showing my ugly foot, so thought I better change that.

Last night's sunset


We usually spend most of our time south in El Centro, but yesterday we walked up into the Golden Zone for beers at Lucky B's and then dinner at El Muchacho Alegre, both with live music.  Lucky B's is a gringo bar that had two bands and an average customer age around 70. 

El Muchacho Alegre is a restaurant with traditional banda music, where locals celebrate birthdays and other special occasions.   The grilled fish dinner (with rice, sauteed vegetables, and fresh tortillas) was very good  We were the only white faces there on our third visit and were welcomed by the staff who recognized us and went out of their way to make sure service was outstanding.

Our daughter Allie is arriving today.  She'll work one week remotely and then take a week of vacation, while she's here.

I need to pick her up at the airport, but it will be after dark on a Saturday night.  Most expats advise against driving in the dark here for a variety of reasons, including increased crime, animals on the road, unseen topes (speed bumps) and potholes.  I will probably take a Didi (Mexican Uber) or cab or combination thereof to get there and back. 


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