*A NOTE ON BEERS. We've frequently been assailed by beer wonks about how beer is not supposed to be cold, that the colder the brew, the less the carbonation, and thereby less flavor and aroma. Well, that may be true for hand-poured cask ales, stouts and whatnot, but a we're talking cheap industrial American lagers. And with those, the closer you get to freezing the better. And if there are a few speciality ales in the mix here, well, those were classy joints that don't serve cheap beer, and we just needed an excuse to hang out there and drink. Take those red thermometers as a badge of honor.