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Lyle Lovett (Left) poses with Patrick Setterstrom.

Finally, it feels like fall! I know, I know, give it five minutes and we’ll have to break out the shorts again. But I’ll take a little Boozie boot weather whenever I can get it. Please let me bask in the slight chill.

Thanksgiving and the Iron Bowl and all sorts of wonderful things are coming up as well! I can’t wait! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

But before we can get to that fun stuff, we have bourbon and brewing companies to talk about, not to mention movie and country music star sightings to discuss.

So we better get to it!

Haint Life Grand?

After months and months of zoning issues and dealing with a neighbor who wasn’t being so neighborly, Haint Blue Brewing Co. finally opened its doors last Friday, Nov. 9. Yay!

And they did so in true Mobile style. The party started around 4-ish Friday afternoon at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, where the Callaghan’s bartenders poured up some of the Haint Blue beers.  Then a Second Line led by Chief Slac paraded a few blocks from Callaghan’s to the new location. They had a great crowd and my spies said the interior looks great and the views of downtown from their courtyard were spectacular.

We wish them many years of success!

Bourbon by the Bay? Yes, please!

What better way to spend “Sunday Funday” than sipping on high-end bourbons and whiskeys at GulfQuest? I can’t think of many.

The Coastal 150, an advocacy group representing the interests of citizens and businesses of coastal Alabama, held its second annual “Bourbon by the Bay” on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Politicos were there in support of the Coastal 150’s mission, including recently re-elected Congressman Bradley Byrne, as well as Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl and newly elected state senator, Baldwin County’s Chris Elliott, among others.

The tunes were provided by the fabulous Fat Man Squeeze. A silent auction for all kinds of fancy bourbons pulled in a lot of coin. There was even one with a reserve of $7K! No word on if they were able to get that. And there was a very popular raffle for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. (If you don’t know what that is, just ask a bourbon snob and they can tell you all about it.)

Anyway, I am told a warm and fuzzy time was had by all. And the cruise ship set sail during the event, adding additional entertainment for the crowd.

Lagniappe is a proud sponsor of this great event.

Movie star mania continues

We hear Manci’s Antique Club was one of the latest locations for the movie “Arkansas,” which stars John Malkovich, Vince Vaughn and Liam Hemsworth. They also shot some scenes at an apartment complex and strip mall in Daphne. Judging by Vaughn’s wardrobe in this flick, his character must be really “interesting.” Even Vaughn, as handsome as he is, can’t make a bolo tie sexy. It’s impossible. No one can.

Off set, Vaughn was spotted again at the Grand Hotel and posed for pictures with fans. We heard rumors he popped in at Callaghan’s last week during the Phil & Foster show but were unable to confirm by press time.

Lyle we are at it

At his show last week at the Saenger Theatre with Robert Earl Keen, country music legend Lyle Lovett told an interesting story about the friendliness of Mobilians.

As the tour was taking a break after that night’s show, Lovett explained he’d wandered around LoDa checking out some things to bring home, because “you gotta bring something home.”

He’d settled on some items from Attractions Children’s Apparel, but went back to his hotel room to prepare for the show and figured he’d purchase them on the way back to the Saenger. When he arrived, he found the store closed. Not to be deterred, Lovett started asking other shop owners and ran into Patrick Setterstrom, whose mother, Monica Naman, owns Attractions. A couple of phone calls later, the long, tall Texan was headed off with his presents.

But apparently the story didn’t end there. A few days later Monica received a call from an unknown number and figured it to be some kind of solicitor. Instead it was Lovett calling to thank her for coming down and reopening the store. They reportedly talked for half an hour. I guess a little hospitality goes a long way with Lyle.

In other Lyle news, one of my spies also saw him sitting downtown on the day of his show in his perfect condition, light blue Oldsmobile Delta 88 (my spy guessed it to be around a ‘71 or a ‘72) writing something … maybe his set list for the show?

Well kids, that’s all I got. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or some plain ol’ Lyle lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!