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Re: “Is Self-Service Beer the Trendy New Normal?

I've taken advantage of the self-pour wall at Clouds in Raleigh. It can be an interesting experience, and if you are trying to taste 4-6 beers it can be very useful as you pour just enough of each to take a good taste.

However, at my favorite beer places the interactions with the bartenders are part of the fun going there. Self-pour may work out very well for some (and be cost effective for the bar), but others will still want that interaction. After all, the last time I asked a wall - regardless of how many taps it had on it - "what do you think I'd like?", the wall just stood there silent as always.

Oh, and another issue with self-pour... Some beers are easier to pour than others. Bartenders tend to know how each one comes out of the tap, and treat it appropriately. If there is a hard-to-pour beer on self-tap, the poor beer customer could get frustrated (or all foam, or both). Plus, bartenders tend to be quicker. For example - Clouds had their Bourbon County Stout event a while back, and the BCS was on their self-pour wall. Let me tell you - waiting for 20, 30, 40 rookies to pour a beer in front of you is no fun (and my apologies to those who were behind this rookie).

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 11/08/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “In Pursuit of Clicks, the N&O Cuts Back on Performing Arts Reviews

I dropped my subscription to the N&O after they wrote a love letter to Art Pope because the guy who is worth close to a billion dollars gave $4 million to charity...while ignoring he had given TEN TIMES that amount to pervert democracy in NC.

I did like the editorial and research journalism strength McClatchy brought to the N&O, but apparently that has faltered over the past few years. At least we still have Indy Week.

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 08/23/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “The N&O Promises Less Spinach. What Does That Mean for Local News Consumers?

I dropped my long-time subscription to the N&O after a columnist wrote a love letter to Art Pope because he had contributed $400k over the previous 10 years to various charities. The love letter failed to reference the bastardization of the democratic process Pope and the ilk in his organization had accomplished by giving over 10x that amount to (successfully) skew elections.

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 08/16/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Shops & Services

Was there a "Best Wine Shop in Wake County" awarded?

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 06/07/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Updated: Thom Tillis Collapses, Taken Away in Ambulance, Says He’s Fine

Per USAToday:
"Hey everybody, I'm fine," he said in a video posted on his Twitter account. "Just running about two and a half miles and got overheated."

He said there was no CPR or special measures administered on him, contrary to some reports.

"See you back on the Hill," he said.

C'mon, Thom... I am relieved that a sitting Senator did not just keel over permanently, but I think it would be best for the state and country if you resigned for, ummm, health reasons... yeah, health reasons.

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 05/17/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “The N.C. Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association Says Craft Brewers Can’t Handle Their Taxes, Shouldn’t Be Able to Distribute Their Own Beer

Yes - this bill does put distribution jobs at risk. Of course, any time there is an artificial restriction on services, restrictions may exist for some related areas, and expansions may exist for other related areas. In the case of beer distribution, with the existing artificial limit of 25k barrels for self-distribution, wholesalers benefit when brewers exceed that limit. Brewers are harmed as they either restrict their production, or pay significant fees to the wholesalers.

By raising that limit to 200k, brewers will self-distribute if it is financially to their advantage. This means the wholesalers who charge excessive fees will lose business. Yay capitalism - it can work.

RE: "they don't pay their taxes" - I'd be interested to see how many of the larger craft brewers are in that list. My guess is a majority of the craft brewers that are out of compliance are the very small, very new brewers still getting their feet wet with taxes, paperwork, and bureaucracy. The tax argument is bogus.

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 04/12/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Snowflake Pat McCrory Thinks the Thought Police Are Out to Get Him

Can't find a job, ex-Gov? I wonder how many of the 400+ folks who would have found work at the new PayPal office feel about that. I wonder how the folks who work part-time to make ends meet at sporting arenas who missed opportunities to work because the bill you signed caused the NCAA and others to move events from NC feel?

Nah - I think I know how they feel... I am not a believer in Karma, but I do believe that if one is a nasty, bigoted SOB one must accept the consequences of being a nasty, bigoted SOB.

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 03/15/2017 at 12:31 PM

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