Like your beer with a unique Scottish twist? Honestly, that’s a question you’ve probably never thought about, but once you’ve had an ale from Olde Burnside Brewing Company, you might feel like donning a kilt the next time you go drinking. The Scots are known for being a rough-and-tumble crowd, and Olde Burnside would make even the meanest, toughest Scot proud. This East Hartford, Connecticut microbrewery proudly claims that it uses only the highest quality hops and ingredients during the brewing process and does not use filter, pasteurize, or include any additives, stabilizers, or preservatives in its beers. They’re all about providing the freshest and most full-flavored beers around, and they have become a local favorite since they opened in 2000.Olde Burnside beers can be found in 7 states across the Northeast, so next time you’re feeling a wee bit Scottish, pick up their flagship Ten Penny Ale or their Penny Weiz Ale and enjoy a rich taste of Scotland. Leave the bagpipes at home, though. Or hell. Bring them with you and make some noise.
Posts Tagged burial of the dead
March 1, 2013 by Jason Ashlock
February 27, 2013 by Jason Ashlock
BY AGATHO of Mysterious Matters
I love a good tagline. And The Rogue Reader‘s tagline, “Fiction from the bleeding edge,” is as good as it gets. I love a book that beats me up and leaves me bleeding. Sadly, there aren’t many of them. Too many novels (especially those with a darker edge) miss the balance, a phenomenon I call “working too hard to to be hard-boiled.”
Michael Hogan’s Burial of the Dead is one of those rare books that gets almost everything right. I discovered it a few years ago, and it has become one of my most-recommended books. I should mention that I am an editor at an independent publishing house, but I was not the editor who originally found and published Burial of the Dead. But I wish I had been.
I often think about, and sometimes blog about, the constraints of genre fiction. On the one hand, we (publishers, that is) like books that fit into a formula that is easily marketable. On the other hand, editors (like me) seek books that push the limits of the genre, that seek to do something new, different, bold, brave, exciting. It’s a tough balance to pull off, and it requires a special writer.
Burial of the Dead is such a book. Fans of the genre can be assured that it falls clearly into the “mystery” category. Every single page, chapter, and part of this book is suffused with mystery. For every question that is answered, doubts are raised and new questions arise. We almost never know who’s lying, who’s telling the truth, and who’s allied with whom. When those questions are answered, the only result is more mystery as the reader must adjust everything s/he thought s/he knew.
The plot is, on the surface, quite simple. A wealthy older woman, owner of a successful funeral home and rich in her own right, has died. Was it suicide, or was she killed? Throughout the pages of Burial of the Dead, we see a parade of characters, all of whom stand to benefit in some way by the woman’s death. There’s her long-lost great niece; her late husband’s business partner; various employees; and various policemen and politicos, all of whom have a stake in finding out what really happened, or in trying to hide the truth. Each chapter mystifies as much as it enlightens, and the result is a book that grabs you and won’t let you go, as layers upon layers are peeled back and revealed.
The setting is Connecticut, which is deconstructed in a rather alarming and brilliant way throughout. We’re treated to a slice of life in which every character is somehow linked to other characters in sometimes subtle and always mysterious ways. Many books, I think, can be lifted from their setting and plopped down somewhere else with little damage to the story, but I don’t think that’s the case here, which is testimony to the author’s abilities as a writer and social observer.
I do not exaggerate when I say that Burial of the Dead is one of the most provocative, intense, mysterious books I have read in the last decade. In its pages the author has perfected the art of deceit: staying three or four steps ahead of the reader at every turn. I can’t remember the last time I so thoroughly enjoyed being so thoroughly deceived.
February 20, 2013 by Jason Ashlock
Those thousands of readers who discovered Michael Hogan last November when we released his gritty noir Dog Hills and his ambitious literary novel Sistine know what a talent he is. For those who haven’t yet experienced a Hogan novel–and believe us, reading Hogan is an experience; you’re sucked into the psychological mazes of his characters’ minds and misdeeds and it’s hard to get back to reality afterward–we are happy to offer you an exclusive invitation.
For a very limited time, we’re offering the three books in Michael Hogan’s Rust in Peace trilogy, all bundled together at one low price. His debut Man Out of Time, previously published by Random House; his much-heralded literary mystery Burial of the Dead, previously published by Thomas Dunne; and his penetrating, unforgettable mystery saga Sistine, which we introduced last fall. These three novels compose Hogan’s Rust in Peace trilogy, and together they offer thrilling reads and the kind of circumspect social awareness that the best novels always create. We don’t call them masterpieces lightly.
They’ll be available for purchase everywhere soon, but right now they are all yours for $5.99. Buy the DRM-free files of each book, readable on any device, by clicking here. If you’ve loved Hogan’s work in the past, these novels will not disappoint. If you’ve never read him, get ready: you’re about to find books you’ll be talking about for years.