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…

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…

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…

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…

Beer of the Week: Buffalo Sweat, Tallgrass Brewing Co.

I found myself back in Rochester, MN, for work this week, and had the chance to drink a couple Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat beers at Dooley’s while watching the NLDS. I was really impressed with this beer, and think it has the potential to be a fall and winter favorite. Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat is an oatmeal…

Beer of the Week: Lonely Blonde, Fulton Brewing Co.

I had a chance to drink a Fulton Brewing Company Lonely Blonde American Blonde Ale (a GABF medal winner) at Half Barrel in Rochester, MN today. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, as I wasn’t familiar with Fulton Brewing Company before tonight. Lonely Blonde is appropriately named, as the beer is a bright golden hue. I’d categorize…

Vision

The posts on this site will help you bring clarity to the tough questions our generation is facing now. The Common Room was born out of conversations we had in our common room in college, and continue to have to this day. The topics of the posts, podcasts, and debates you find here will be familiar, but…