Maurice Malone

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African American denim designer and fashion brands owner Maurice Malone speaking to students in denim class at Parson School of Design
A tall 16-ounce can of Threes Brewing Logical Conclusion IPA craft beer for review in the blog Denim Beer Machines and Coffee.

Threes Brewing’s Logical Conclusion IPA: A juicy hazy review

I typically tend to lean away from India Pale Ales, often finding their bitterness overwhelming. However, the Logical Conclusion IPA from Threes Brewing has exceeded my expectations. It has earned a special place on my list of favorite beers.

This brew is a visual treat, presenting a hazy, inviting yellow in the glass, crowned by a persistent white head. The flavor is where it really shines—there’s an upfront bitterness, as one would expect from an IPA, but it’s gracefully tempered by a subtle, underlying sweetness. This balance creates an intricate dance of flavors that makes Logical Conclusion a truly memorable brew.

The beer’s aroma is a riot of tropical sensations. Wafts of ripe peaches, mango, and citrus are underpinned by a soft piney undertone. It’s inviting and vibrant, a testament to the trio of hops used in brewing: Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic. This blend of hops is a hallmark of Logical Conclusion and sets the stage for the gustatory journey that awaits.

A 4-pack of Threes Brewing Logical Conclusion juicy hazy fruity IPA craft beer in one pint tall cans for review in the blog Denim Beer Machines & Coffee.
4-pack of Threes Brewing Logical Conclusion juicy hazy fruity IPA in one-pint tall cans.

Logical Conclusion was first brewed in 2016. It has become one of the brewery’s most popular beers, winning various awards. In 2019, the New York State Brewers Association named it “Best Hazy IPA in New York State“.

I first learned of Logical Conclusion at a staff meeting. We often have these meetings at Threes Brewing and Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This hospitable institution has been a popular site for our meetings, thanks in part to its incredibly affordable cuisine.

Discussing work with a cold beer in hand and delicious wings inspires productive conversations. It’s a monument to Threes Brewing’s ambiance and proof of their devotion to uplifting the community via their trade.

In conclusion, the Logical Conclusion IPA is more than just a refreshing beer. It symbolizes Threes Brewing’s dedication to the craft of brewing.

This beer is a story of passion and effort. It is both distinctive and pleasant. I can confidently say it always succeeds. Three’s Logical Conclusion guarantees an experience worth experiencing, whether you’re a seasoned beer connoisseur or a casual drinker.

  • Style: Hazy IPA
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • IBUs: 45
  • Hops: Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic
  • Malts: German Pilsner Malt, German Malted Wheat, and American Wheat Flakes
  • Tasting Notes: Ripe Peach, Gushers, Fluffy Wheat, Coniferous, White Minerals
  • Brewer: Threes Brewing – Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York-based, Craft Beer Brewery
A close-up of professional chain stitch hemming alterations highlights what chain stitching is by displaying a thick golden yellow chain stitch on the hem of blue jeans.

Chain stitch hemming – how it’s done


In this brief social media video, we show how to hem jeans professionally, just like it’s actually done at denim factories. In our video, there is no need for work-around-sewing-techniques, which leave bulky seamlines over the hem or ragged fabric on the reverse side, which prevents cuffing or rolling the hem. We love denim at Williamsburg Garment Company and hemming jeans the right way is important to us.

Even the heaviest denim is no problem for our beast of a sewing machine, a customized Union Special 56300 that bores through multiple layers of folds and seams. Here, denim designer Maurice Malone demonstrates chain stitch hemming a pair of jeans in our Instagram and TikTok video. Make sure to stay tuned and follow us for more.

The finished result of a professionally tailored heavyweight Oni Denim jacket with alterations to take in the body and sleeves.
Professionally tailored heavyweight Oni Denim jacket.

Can you tailor denim jackets?


“Can you tailor denim jackets?” is a frequently asked question at Williamsburg Garment Company. Our answer, as with all denim products, is, of course, yes, but jackets and shirts are more complicated. They have armholes and shoulder widths that correspond to the width of the body. When you narrow the body width evenly, the armhole shrinks and the armpit curve is negatively affected. At the same time, the shoulder width remains constant, resulting in wide shoulders compared to the body width. The only way to avoid this is to remove the sleeves and, if possible, draft new armholes and sleeve shapes. Otherwise, you can leave the armhole alone and narrow the body unevenly from the chest/armholes down.

Nothing about modifying denim jackets is simple or easy. The body width is linked to the armhole and shoulders, whereas the sleeve length is linked to the button placket length and/or the armhole.

Can you tailor denim jackets on a home sewing machine?

When it comes to DIY denim jacket alterations, the short answer is that you can do it, but it is not recommended. If you’ve done any research on the subject, you’ve probably discovered that all of the videos and advice you’ve seen have had poor results on cheaply made garments.

Flat-felled seams on the sides, shoulders, and sleeves distinguish traditional jean jackets. This design eliminates the option of doing high-quality alterations on home sewing machines, at your local dry cleaners, or at the best, most reputable tailoring shops. Most denim alterations specialists lack the factory equipment (a Feed-off-the-Arm 3-Needle or Double Chainstitch Industrial Sewing Machine) to duplicate the double-needle flat-felled seam with chain stitching and must come up with an improvised method to sew them.

Most denim jackets and jeans are produced with fabric that is too thick for home machines. To tailor denim on a home sewing machine, you would need to avoid thick seams or deal with really thin, lightweight denim fabrics.

Thread size is also an issue with DIY and most tailoring shops. Denim is typically sewn with thicker thread sizes than most other garments, which contributes to its distinctively sturdy appearance. Home machines are not designed to handle the needle sizes required for thick threads. They also lack the ability to puncture through layers of denim using wide-diameter needles with large eye holes. Thin thread sizes and short stitch lengths are two of the reasons why denim does not look like denim when it is not sewn with the proper threads.

How altering a jean jacket professionally is done

The owner of this heavyweight Oni Denim jacket adored it, however, he had a small frame and required the chest and arms reduced. Here are the steps we used to customize his denim jacket:

1. Chain-stitched flat-felled seams close the sides and sleeves of traditional jean jackets. Because the band at the bottom is chain stitched to the jacket, our first step was to remove the chain stitching connecting the waistband to the body, just enough to remove excess fabric and resew the seams closed.

2. Following that, we split the waistband and removed the chain stitching that held the flat-felled seams together from the waistband to about 6 inches from the cuff seam. After narrowing the excess fabric around the bicep, just past the elbow, we could neatly flow into the sleeve.

3. We press flat the flat-felled seam folds in order to draw the new shape from the waistband up to the armpit and then fade out the shape before reaching the cuff.

4. The seams were then closed (as indicated in the image below) by stitching fresh double-needle chain-stitched flat-felled seams using the same thread size and color as the original. If you look closely at the yellow chain stitching, you can see where the new sewing blends in with the old.

How to tailor a denim jacket is explained through this photo of an Oni Denim jean jacket, which is in the process of being tailored, to deduce the chest and sleeves.

6. After cutting away the extra fabric of the bottom band, we rejoined and resewed it to the body with single-needle chain stitching.

7. Finally, the band tabs along the side seams were reattached. Again, if you look very closely, a seamline where the waistband was split and resewn can be seen near the two yellow stitch lines that attach the tabs. Take note of the new chain stitching that joins the old one below the pocket bag.

Williamsburg Garment Company’s objective is to make alterations to improve fit while retaining the original style and construction. This entails matching thread colors and sizes and stitching seams back the same as the original factory sewing.

A 12-ounce bottle of Saranac Pumpkin Ale on a white background for a review of the best-tasting pumpkin beers.

Saranac Pumpkin Ale review

As someone who loves fall and all things pumpkin beer, I was excited to try Saranac Pumpkin Ale, a seasonal that captures the flavors and essence of the fall season. The brewery began producing this beer in 2010, with the goal of creating a beer that would showcase the traditional flavors of the season.

The aroma of Saranac Pumpkin Ale is reminiscent of pumpkin pie, with a strong sweet and spicy scent that is sure to awaken your senses. On the palate, the pumpkin flavor is balanced with the warm spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. While it does have a mildly bitter finish, the beer remains refreshing and drinkable.

What sets Saranac Pumpkin Ale apart from other pumpkin beers is the brewery’s commitment to using real pumpkin in the recipe. This adds to the authenticity of the flavor and ensures that you’re getting a quality product. The combination of pale, caramel, and Munich malts also creates a nice balance of sweetness and spiciness.

While it may not be one of my very top favorites, I still highly recommend giving Saranac Pumpkin Ale a try. Its sweet and spicy aroma, balanced flavor, and quality ingredients make it a great addition to any fall beer lineup.

  • Pumpkin Ale
  • ABV: 5.4 %
  • 15 IBUs
  • Seasonal
  • Available in 12-oz Bottles (6-packs)
  • Utica, New York-based Family-Owned, Craft Beer Brewery
DuClaw 31 pumpkin spiced lager beer in a 12oz can

DuClaw 31 pumpkin spiced lager

DuClaw 31 Pumpkin Spice Lager is a seasonal beer that was first brewed in 2008 as a one-time release for Halloween. Dark amber in color, I found it to be tasty, with a slightly bitter finish.

It is nicely spiced, thanks to the addition of pumpkin and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It smells strongly of pumpkin and feels creamy in the mouth, both of which add to the overall taste experience. It strikes a nice balance between sweetness and spiciness, with neither overpowering the other. Bottom line: I found it to be a smooth, easy-drinking pumpkin beer.

  • Pumpkin Spiced Lager
  • ABV: 5.7%
  • 27 IBUs
  • Seasonal
  • Available in 12-oz Cans and Draft
  • Baltimore Maryland-based Craft Brewery
A black man, Maurice Malone, asks if ChatGPT is racist after receiving a slang-filled essay
Artwork by Saifullah Ali

Is ChatGPT racist?

Is ChatGPT racist? Let me share one of my early encounters with AI software. I was sort of giving ChatGPT somewhat of a test drive, when I asked it to write a beer review of a particular brand in the style of Maurice Malone for my blog

I’ve been writing about denim for a long time and must have written hundreds of articles. I figured it would crawl my articles and pick up some tips on my writing style. I also provided the URL of this blog so that it could crawl my beer-related post.

Was I surprised when the first line of the review began with “YO, YO, YO” and ended with “Peace out?” I laughed while thinking, “WTF?” I don’t use slang like that. This does not sound like me.

I showed it to my brother-in-law, who laughed as well, before quickly surmising that the AI had picked up on the fact that I was well-known in hip-hop culture and went from there.

I sell denim and make fashion, but one of my most important jobs is writing content because I also build and maintain our websites. I do so many things in a day that my time is extremely limited, so I’ve become very acquainted with using AI writing programs to assist me.

The keyword for me is “assist,” not “write for me.” The first priority on my list is, of course, spell checking, followed by better ways to phrase something or better word use, and so on. I frequently find that AI can run on and on without saying anything meaningful, spitting out bland paragraphs of whatever they scrounged off the internet, and sometimes not factual. Most importantly, I find AI useful for inspiration (finding a new angle) and getting to the point of my thoughts better.

Back to my ChatGPT test drive, where I gave it a thumbs down and wrote a few paragraphs in the comments section. Essentially, I expressed my displeasure that the software chose to generalize my writing style rather than analyze the specific articles I had written.

I repeated the test about a month later and discovered that either ChatGPT was learning or my comments had some real impact. I’m happy to say that I did not get the same results. The program started by outlining its limitations. After my inquiry, there was no slang in the new results of a similar request, and I got real, useful content to help me.

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