Beer of the Week: Pudding Goggles, Forager Brewing Company

Forager Brewing Company, located just northwest of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, is the perfect place for a plate and a pint. Despite being a city of only slightly over 100,000 people, Rochester has a strong restaurant scene and a number of local craft breweries, given the fact it is home to the Mayo Clinic, America’s top hospital and…

Do Republicans Have a Mandate? Yes, According to the Framers

“Does [a republic] consist in the greater security afforded by a greater variety of parties, against the event of any one party being able to outnumber and oppress the rest? In an equal degree does the increased variety of parties comprised within the Union, increase this security.” – James Madison, “Federalist No.10” Since the November presidential election,…

Beer of the Week: Penguin Pale Ale, One Barrel Brewing Co.

One Barrel Brewing Co. is a relatively recent addition to the Wisconsin craft beer scene, with its Madison brewery opening in 2012. One Barrel also has the distinction of being one of the smallest breweries in the state of Wisconsin–it literally has only a single barrel brewing system and 11 fermentation tanks.. It was technically classified…

Echoes of Jim Crow in the School Choice Debate

What do today’s Democrats who oppose school choice have in common with George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, Orval Faubus, and Bull Connor? Both those who oppose school choice and the biggest proponents of Jim Crow society in the 1950s and 1960s South advocate policies that deny children, the vast majority of who are minorities, the right to choose and attend the…

Book of the Month: The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

David McCullough is one of America’s foremost historians and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, best known for his works 1776, John Adams, and Truman. However, his first book, The Johnstown Flood, written in 1968, is this month’s Common Room Book of the Month. The Johnstown Flood pays homage to McCullough’s western Pennsylvania roots (he…

Beer of the Week: Bikini Blonde, Maui Brewing Co.

On vacation in Maui this week, I had a chance to try a great local Hawaiian beer, Bikini Blonde, from Maui Brewing Co. Anytime I get a chance to travel to a different place, I always attempt to try at least one local beer. When I walked into the grocery store in Maui, I was…

Beer of the Week: Fat Squirrel, New Glarus Brewing Co.

Continuing the run of great Wisconsin winter beers is this week’s Common Room Beer of the Week, Fat Squirrel, from New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, Wisconsin. New Glarus Brewing Company has carved itself out quite a following, not only in Wisconsin, but all across the country. However, New Glarus brews are only available…

Tweeter-in-Chief? It Could Be a Good Thing.

Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump’s Twitter feed dominated much of the political discussion. Pundits spent hours debating the meaning of those 140 characters, and the Establishment from both parties used some of Trump’s more outrageous tweets to argue that he was unfit for the presidency. Trump’s supporters had a different view, though. They saw tweets…

Beer of the Week: Porter Joe, Wisconsin Brewing Co.

If you find yourself in Wisconsin this winter, grab yourself a Porter Joe, one of Wisconsin Brewing Company’s (WBC) new seasonal brews. Wisconsin Brewing Company, founded in 2013 by brothers Carl and Mark Nolen and brewmaster Kirby Nelson in Verona, Wisconsin (a suburb of Madison), has quickly established itself as a major player in a…