Socrates, the classical Greek philosopher, is credited with a lot of really insightful quotes, like “an unexamined life is not worth living,” and “the only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.” And let’s not forget his classic, “be suspicious of combining two good things.” Okay, that wasn’t Socrates, that was actually my childhood friend Damian, but it’s as wise as anything the founder of western philosophy said. Growing up, we would go see the Allman Brothers every Fourth of July and Damian couldn’t understand why the Brothers insisted on playing on the holiday every year. The Fourth is already guaranteed to be a killer party, why throw another killer party on top of it? Why not play a show on the fifth and then we’d all have two awesome days in a row instead of jamming everything into a single day. It’s solid logic that I think even Socrates would appreciate. Christmas is great, and while it might be tempting to combine Christmas and Easter into the same day, with maybe a live broadcast of the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus going at it Greco-Roman style, I think we can all agree that it’s best to spread those two holidays out. There’s only so much fun you can have on a single day before it just becomes white noise. I tend to apply that same philosophy when it comes to beer, too. Beer is great and so are things like chocolate and bananas and Christmas trees, so it might be tempting to combine two or more great things into a single package. That’s how you get Jelly Bean IPAs and Old Bay Lagers. These beers sound like a great idea, but they rarely work out and I usually find myself wishing I could separate all of the ingredients so that I could enjoy a bowl of Jelly Beans next to my IPA. So I was suspicious when Sweetwater released Pulled Porter, a bacon smoked flavored beer that, at first glance, feels a little bit like watching Santa and the Easter Bunny wrestle. Too much of a good thing, maybe even a little sacrilegious. But this beer works. The Atlanta-based brewery partnered with Fox Brothers, arguably the best barbecue joint in the city to create the smoky, pork profile. Over three days, Fox Brothers smoked one ton of malt along with racks of bacon on their wood-burning smoker. Sweetwater used that malt to give this porter a smoky, bacony element that’s strong without being overwhelming. You get a hint of bacon, but it’s not like you’re drinking a bacon milkshake. Look for the beer in four packs this winter. And in case you’re wondering, I already applied for a trademark on the term “bacon milkshake.”Related:
INDIANAPOLIS – The jobless rate in Indiana held steady in October at 5.7 percent, according to new data released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.It marks the tenth month in a row for the state’s unemployment to remain lower than the national average at 5.8 percent.Indiana grew 5,500 private sector jobs in October, led mainly by the Trade, Transportation & Utilities and Manufacturing sectors.Over the past year, Indiana has consistently led the nation in Manufacturing growth, with more than 24,000 jobs added since last October.Locally, Decatur County remains below the state average with unemployment reported at 4.7 percent.The rate in Dearborn County is 5.1 percent and unemployment is 5.2 percent in Franklin County. Jobless numbers in Ripley County are 5.9 percent.Fayette County has the state’s third-highest unemployment rate at 7.1 percent.
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoIt was like déjàvu all over again for the Purdue Boilermakers.Just one year and five days removed from a Scott Starks fumble recovery for a touchdown that sent the then-perfect Boilermakers into a spiral, Purdue once again fell victim to a crucial play by the Wisconsin secondary Saturday afternoon. Only this time it was free safety Roderick Rogers who made the play.Rogers took an interception in the third quarter 84 yards all the way to paydirt as the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) picked up the 31-20 Homecoming victory over the Purdue Boilermakers (2-5, 0-4) at Camp Randall Saturday afternoon.”I felt like I had to make a spark,” Rogers said. “We talked about making a spark all week and once one person makes a spark it’s contagious and it went all throughout the defense and it helped us the rest of the game.”Rogers jumped in front of Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter’s third quarter throw to Dorien Bryant to grab the interception at the Wisconsin 16-yard line. Bryant tried to get Rogers to bite on an outside fake on the play, but the junior recognized the route and settled into position to make the play before racing to the end zone, giving UW a 17-13 advantage.”At first I wasn’t thinking end zone but, to be honest, the reason I cut it back was because I saw two 300-pound linemen coming down the right,” Rogers joked. “So I cut it back to the sideline and found a wall.”Rogers’ play was the turning point in a game that nearly took on a whole new complexion just four plays earlier when Painter misfired on a deep ball to wide receiver Brian Hare that would have given the Boilermakers a 20-10 lead midway through the third quarter.On the play, Hare had beaten UW senior Brett Bell deep and Rogers was late coming in over the top to help, allowing Painter the open toss to Hare. But Rogers more than redeemed himself with the interception return, giving UW the spark it desperately needed.”That was a huge point in the game,” said linebacker Andy Crooks, who played in place of injured mike linebacker Mark Zalewski. “Rod made a great pick on the ball, made some nice cuts and took it to the house … they were marching down the field, if they would’ve scored they would’ve been up 10, and that swung the momentum. It was a huge play to put us up four and then we never really lost the momentum after that.”The interception lit a fire, not only under the Badger defense, but under the Wisconsin offense as well.The Wisconsin offense responded with a touchdown of its own on the ensuing offensive drive. Staring down a vicious blitz, John Stocco, who was 15-for-21 for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the day, found a streaking Brian Calhoun out of the backfield and, one juke move to Purdue free safety Brandon Whittington later, the junior was 40 yards downfield for the touchdown, putting UW ahead 24-13.”There was so much space it’s hard for any safety to defend me in that much space,” Calhoun said. “I didn’t know where I was going, but I was smiling to myself because I can just make one move here and go all the way.”Wisconsin put the game out of reach late in the third quarter when Jack Ikegwuonu grabbed his second interception of the game and took it 62 yards for the touchdown. The redshirt freshman’s first career score gave UW an insurmountable 31-13 advantage with only 3:21 remaining in the game.”The last [interception] ices the game for you because the game was still, as far as I was concerned, still in balance until he intercepted for a touchdown there,” head coach Barry Alvarez said. “I thought Jack probably grew up today. That should give him a ton of confidence.”While the defense played well Saturday, the Wisconsin offense struggled after posting back-to-back outings of more than 35 points.Looking to exploit Purdue’s pass defense — a unit that was allowing nearly 370 yards per game — the Badgers employed a three-wide receiver attack for a good chunk of the game. But UW was unable to capitalize consistently through the air, finishing the contest with just 217 passing yards.The rushing attack also suffered, as Wisconsin posted a season-low total of 63 rushing yards. The Badgers’ 17 points was also their lowest output since posting 14 points in a win against North Carolina earlier this year.”Give credit to Purdue, they have a lot better defense and a very athletic defense compared to what their record shows,” Calhoun said after gaining just 62 yards rushing. “They played a phenomenal game on defense and I think one of the things they focused on was to stop the run, and they did a good job of that.”Luckily for Wisconsin, its own defense was up to the task, and despite coping with numerous injuries in its front, was able to come up with enough big plays in the win.”We were very patched up as you knew all week,” Alvarez said. “Some of our defensive linemen hadn’t practiced all week and yet some of them played. Then you lose Zalewski and some other guys who haven’t played all year have to go in and respond and play. So, with a patched up outfit, I was very pleased how they played. I feel good about it today. It’s an ebb and flow, the matchups are different every week, but they responded today very well.”