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Books + Brews: What to Drink and Read for August 2016

Books + Brews: What to Drink and Read for August 2016

Wow. Summer went by quickly. Fear not, however. With the beginning of August comes another Books + Brews, your monthly low-down on what’s worth reading and drinking. Whether you’re headed back to school (and appropriately aged) or just getting ready to face Fall’s onslaught of pumpkin beers, take a minute or two to check out my beer and book recommendations. This month’s are courtesy of my recent trip to Asheville! August’s Brew: ESB, Green Man Brewery (Extra Special Bitter, 5.5%,…

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Harry Potter Beer Pairings: Matching Characters With Craft Brews

Harry Potter Beer Pairings: Matching Characters With Craft Brews

I take books pretty seriously. You almost have to when you’re an MFA student. And, while I try not to hold some books higher than others, Harry Potter might just be the exception. My 10th grade Geometry teacher sent me to the hall because I wouldn’t stop reading it.  I dragged my wife to the theatre on our honeymoon so I could see the last movie on opening night. And, I come up with some pretty stellar costumes: So, when…

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Books to Read Before Summer 2016 Ends

Books to Read Before Summer 2016 Ends

So, I’m getting ready to start Semester 2 of my MFA at the Bluegrass Writers Studio. And, as much as I love the writing community and the professors there, this pretty much means that it’s time for me to stop reading what I want to read and start reading what I’m told to read. That’s not stopping me from powering through want I want to finish, though, and whatever you might have looming shouldn’t stop you, either. So, if you’re…

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Books + Brews: What to Drink and Read for July 2016

Books + Brews: What to Drink and Read for July 2016

Welcome to Books + Brews, The Shaw Spot’s monthly low-down on what to read and drink. You can expect one of these bad boys around the beginning of every month, where I’ll be letting you know what currently has me excited in the craft beer and literature worlds. No more wandering around the bookstore (unless you want to), no more vacant staring at your beer bar’s menu — just some friendly advice on a book you can pick up and…

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The Shaw Spot’s Grown Up!

The Shaw Spot’s Grown Up!

Those of you who followed my old blog (V1, as I’m now calling it) might have wondered where I disappeared to a couple months ago. Simply put, during my summer away from MFA, I began concentrating more on my freelance work while I had available time. That’s been going well, and, based off of a few opportunities that have become available, I’ve decided to expand the reach of The Shaw Spot to cover not only my MFA work, but one of my…

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