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There are just a couple of things that I’d like to get off my chest this morning.

One. I like beer. Always have. To quote the late, great Robert B. Parker, “The worst beer I ever had was wonderful.”

That said, I have to admit that I was appalled this week to read in the Wall Street Journal about how some brewers are testing iced tea flavored beer as a way of improving sales.

I’m sorry. I like iced tea, and I like beer...but I have no interest in having them together in the same glass.

You want to build beer sales?

Make better beer.

Two. I want to be very clear about this, because I am a person who depends on my sponsors for the financial support to keep MNB going.

Under no circumstances will I ever think of my sponsors as french fries, and if I lose one, I would never think - or say - that it is like “losing a couple of French fries in the container when it's delivered to you at the drive-through ... You don’t even notice it.”

Not only would that be a dumb thing to say to departing sponsors who had been supportive of me, but it would be a supremely arrogant thing to say to existing and potential sponsors, who rightly could expect greater appreciation and even discretion.

Of course, there are a lot of things that I would never think or say out loud. And when I think about it, suggesting that my sponsors are as disposable and insignificant as french fries probably is just the beginning of what I would not say or think.

If you get my meaning.

Enough said on that subject.

I thought this was pretty interesting. (It would have been an eye-opener, but I already had one this morning...)

Business Insider reports that a study by an organization called Netcraft says that there currently are 644 million active websites on the internet, but that it continues to grow “by leaps and bounds. he March numbers were up by 31.4 million (5.1%) over last month.

“Plus, nearly six million domain names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of 2011, bringing the total to 225 million domain names worldwide.”


Y’know, this whole internet thing may actually catch on.

Don’t forget...most of us in the US will lose an hour’s sleep on Saturday night...since daylight Savings Time goes into effect in the majority of the country at 2 am Sunday morning.

I have four wonderful wines to recommend to you this weekend. Two of them have become instant favorites - the 2010 Ka Albarino and the 2010 Albarino D Fefinane, both of which are fine examples of that most delightful of Spanish white wines.

And, there was the 2007 Petizos Malbec, which is great with beef, and the 2009 Poggio Capponi Chianti, perfect with spicy Italian.


That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you Monday.

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