The Trifecta

  • VIDEO: 50 Shades of Grey the musical

    Posted by Jay Morris

    According to the Wall Street Journal the “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy has sold almost 20 million copies in the U.S. in the past 5 months.  

    If you are reading the book, you need to check out 50 Shades of Grey the Musical 

  • Confusing Billboard- Tax Auction in Kalamazoo

    Posted by Jay Morris

    I am confused by this billboard 

    Someone answer two questions 

    1.  Isn't it interesting the tax sale is right before the August primary election?

    2.  Does the county really think they will have more bidders with a photo of the county treasurer on the billboard?

  • List of November ballot issues in Michigan

    Posted by Jay Morris

    How many ballot issues do groups really think we the electorate actually want to get involved with? The magic number seems to be 7. Yesterday three more groups submitted signatures to their issue to the November ballot According to

    The latest ballot issues would: 

    Require a supermajority vote in the Legislature to raise Michigan taxes

    Give voters the final say over whether international bridges can be built between Michigan and Canada (call this one the Maroon voter issue)

    Allow home health workers to unionize and be listed in a statewide registry

    Four other ballot issues already on the ballot include:

    Raising the number of casinos in Michigan

    Require utilities to get 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025

    Add collective bargaining rights into the state constitution

    Repeal the law giving emergency managers wide powers to void union contracts and cut spending.


    Looks to be something here for every political stance. Turnout will mean everything.

    The real question is are seven ballot issues too many ? 











  • Best Beers and Breweries in America

    Posted by Jay Morris

    For the past 10 years, the American Home Brew association asked Zymurgy readers to share a list of their 20 favorite beers that are commercially available in the United States.

    Here is the full list: 

     1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
    2. Bell's Two Hearted Ale
    3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
    4. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    5. Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
    6. Bell's Hopslam
    7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
    8. Stone Ruination IPA
    9. Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    10. North Coast Old Rasputin
    11. Firestone Walker Union Jack
    12. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
    13. Bear Republic Racer 5
    14. Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
    15. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
    16. Firestone Walker Double Jack
    T17. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
    T17. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    19. Stone IPA
    20. New Belgium Fat Tire
    21. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
    22. Avery Maharaja
    23. Founders Breakfast Stout
    24. Left Hand Milk Stout
    T25. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
    T25. New Belgium Ranger
    T25. Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
    28. Deschutes The Abyss
    29. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
    30. Surly Furious
    T31. Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
    T31. Rogue Dead Guy
    T31. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    34. Troegs Nugget Nectar
    T35. Lagunitas IPA
    T35. New Belgium La Folie
    T37. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
    T37. Founders KBS
    T37. Russian River Blind Pig IPA
    41. Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
    42. Victory Prima Pils
    43. Great Divide Yeti
    T44. Alaskan Smoked Porter
    T44. Anchor Steam
    T44. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    T44. Samuel Adams Noble Pils
    T48. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
    T48. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    T48. Russian River Pliny the Younger
    Here are the list of top Breweries 
    These rankings are based on total votes received by each breweries beers.
    1. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif.
    2. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
    3. Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif.
    4. Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, Calif.
    5. Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.
    6. New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.
    7. Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif.
    8. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
    9. Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, Calif.
    10. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
    11. Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams), Boston, Mass.
    12. Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, Colo.
    13. Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo.
    14. Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.
    15. Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, Ind.
    T16. Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, Colo.
    T16. Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.
    18. New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, Wis.
    19. Victory Brewing Co., Downington, Pa.
    20. Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, Ill.
    21. Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo.
    22. Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, Minn.
    23. North Coast Brewing Co., Fort Bragg, Calif.
    24. Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, Calif.
    25. Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, Calif.