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Friday, November 23, 2007

Enough with the Thanksgiving food already!

After a solid week of Thanksgiving, including a stay at my brothers house in up state New York that involved an endless 4 day meal, some unhealthy eating at work building up to the holiday, and our own feast yesterday and leftovers today for lunch, I've gained back 6-8 pounds of what I once thought of as a beer gut. At this point, it's more like a stuffing and gravy gut. ENOUGH! I'm tossing out the rest of the left overs...

But just to close the loop on this whole thing, the brown ales (Harpoon Brown Session Ale & Brooklyn Brewery's Brown Ale) went very well with our Thanksgiving meal. So well in fact that I enjoyed another Harpoon with my leftovers this afternoon, after my nearly thousand calorie workout at the gym. Even with that, I don't think I broke even with my battle of the bulge. I think I'll go for another run this evening, I gotta back back down to my "fighting weight" fast...

Wii + Beer + food = Good times
Thanks to Erik for bring the Wii over to the house last night in a successful attempt at adding a little post food-orgy fun and exercise. Speaking of Wii and beer... Last night I kept thinking, they should come out with a beer pong game for the Wii, and lo and behold, they have! How cool is this? "Ping Cup" (AKA Beer Pong) is part of "Game Party" which will be available on Nov 27th, but you can pre-order a copy today over at Amazon, beer not included


Don't worry, we didn't ruin our Thanksgiving meal with canned Bud, I just liked the image.


Things to look forward to over the next few days
I've got a lot of things I need to blog about this week and next week and they are as followed:
Stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

My turkey and beer pairing

I decided to pair my Thanksgiving turkey with a couple Brown Ales tomorrow. I was going to go for one of those high end beers that come in a larger corked bottle, something to add a little class to the meal. After some thought, I decided against that. I didn't want to get too exotic or extreme as the friends I'm having over aren't big into craft beers. I didn't want to go too far over the top for folks that typically drink Lite macro-brews.

I didn't get any feedback from any of you out there, so I decided to hit the package store and ask the "beer kid" that works there for his advice. While we discussed the best options for my situation and planned meal, we were interrupted by a middle aged guy that over heard us talking beer and turkey.

He figured we were both beer experts and asked us what we thought of the beer he was holding. When we looked down and saw the case of Michelob Ultra, we both laughed. I tried to explain that it was basically a low end beer who's only real claim to fame was it's low carb count. If he was looking for quality beer, he didn't find it, but if he was looking to cut carbs, he hit pay dirt. When asked what sort of beer he usually enjoyed, he bragged that Bud was his beer of choice. Might as well drink the Ultra, just as bad but with less carbs.

We did the best we could to help him, and managed to talked him into putting the case down and getting some Stella Artois instead. Clearly the lesser of two evils. It was our combined good deed for the day.

After a few minutes of discussion and debate, I finally chose a six-pack of Harpoon's Brown Session Ale and a six-pack of Brooklyn Brewery's Brown Ale. I'll let you know how well they go with Turkey on Friday.

Leave a comment and let me know what you drank with your turkey this year.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving beer pairing & Bob Skilnik

I'm going to hit the local package store tomorrow and pick up some beer for Thanksgiving. A couple buddies may stop in and share the meal with me and the wife, and I thought it would be cool to do some Turkey/Beer pairing.

Here's what the Brewers Association has to say about beer on Thanksgiving...

The Pilgrims were ale drinkers and most likely enjoyed beer at the first Thanksgiving. Indeed, a darkish ale has been brewed for feasts at Plymouth Plantation, the "living museum" of Pilgrim life, in Massachusetts.

That’s why more and more savvy Americans tap a great beer as the perfect companion for their holiday meal.


Seems fitting for me to have beer on Thanksgiving. Especially since members of my family claim to have traced our roots all the way to the Mayflower. Just one more reason to enjoy a quality beer.

They recommend something like an Oktoberfest or a Brown Ale as a good match for a roast turkey, and an all-malt pilsner, a dark lager or a red ale would go nicely with creamy butter rich items like mashed potatoes. I think I'd stick with something to pair with the Turkey and stuffing, as those are my favorites. But something to complement the low brow canned cranberry sauce I love so much would be cool too.

Anyone have any specific recommendations for a good craft beer I'm likely able to find at the local package store (which has a fair selection) that will complement my meal? If so, please leave a comment! I'm leaning towards a great Oktoberfest... Happy Thanksgiving!

Side bar: Bob Skilnik takes no "nonsense"

Apparently the silly quote below, which I found elsewhere online and included it on the side of the blog, is not true, and Bob Skilnik is calling me on it...

"When the pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed at Plymouth rock, the first permanent building put up was the brewery.” — Jim West


HA! Too funny! Relax Mr. Skilnik, I just thought it was a humorous and interesting quote, nothing more. I found it by doing a google search for brewery related quotes, and placed it next to my link to the beer mapping project (a great tool to find breweries). You can find this quote, right, wrong or indifferent, on any number of quote web sites. I did not create the quote and make no claim to any historic relevance. I suggest you take this up with Jim West. I don't know who he is either, sorry...

Thanks for keeping us all honest. I'm flattered you read my blog despite all the "nonsense" I include.

Cool your beer rapidly

I remember hearing a story about a guy I know in the service who got in a bit of a trouble for using a fire extinguisher from the barracks to rapidly cool his beer. I always wondered if that would really work, but was too afraid to try it and get yelled at... Apparently the CO2 from the extinguisher can cool a six pack in under 3 minutes, just as the guys from Myth Busters. They tested various methods of cooling a six pack, and if you missed it, you can see the episode tomorrow, Nov 21st at 4:00PM on Discovery. Check it out!

By the way, if you try this, make sure you have the right kind of extinguisher... Or you'll just dump a bunch of crap on your beer and it'll still be warm... Like these guys did... Too funny!



Along those same lines... My buddy Erik sent me a link to a story about Kent Hodgson, a 22 year old inventor, who found a way to chill a beer almost instantly using liquid CO2. No fire extinguisher required!

The inventor of this device says that the technology involved in this little gadget is very simple. Here's how he explains it in his own words, "You have plastic cooling cells which are pressed down into the dock which houses the liquid carbon dioxide. The liquid CO2 expands and is pressurized into dry ice in the base of the cooling cells ... in a moment. You then pop it into your drink and then proceed from there as you normally would." -Kent Hodgson



Pretty cool, but I think I'd rather just use a fridge like normal folks...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Something special in the mail from Flying Dog




If you recall, I struck up a bit of a conversation with Josh Mishell from Flying Dog Brewery via blog comments and email last month. Josh was kind enough to agree to send me a sample (for reviewing purposes) of Wild Dog Doppelbock, AKA the Collaborator, after I commented on how cool I thought the whole Open Source Beer Project was.

The Collaborator came without a label

Josh was true to his word and arranged for something special to be sent to me in the mail. Today, a package arrived from Stephanie Kerchner, PR & Events Coordinator from Flying Dog Brewery. Stephanie was kind enough to include not only a sample of the Collaborator, but also samples of both Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn Dog and K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale. I can't wait to sample and review these babies! (Guess what I'm doing tomorrow night!)

Note the sweat, read this for more info

It was pretty funny, I was so excited to see the box when I got home from the gym, I didn't even wait to shower and change before I ripped open the box. My wife thought it was a little tacky for me to post a photo with my sweaty workout clothes on, but I say BAH! I was like a kid on Christmas, and I can't wait to try out my new toys!



Stay tuned for some reviews!

Also, Stephanie was kind enough to offer me an opportunity to interview Flying Dog Brewery's Head Brewer, Matt Brophy. I intend on taking her up on the offer, and here's where you come in.

Do you have a questions you want me to ask Matt Brophy? Perhaps a question about the company, or about making the jump from home brewing to pro-brewing. I'm all ears, and I'll be happy to share my interview opportunity with you, just leave your question in the comments with some way for me to contact you if I need more info. Or shoot me an email at bryon|@|homebrewbeer.net and share your questions with me...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Holiday Ale is now fermenting

I originally intending on brewing up some Holiday Ale with some buddies for Teach a Friend to Brew Day... But none of my friends showed much interest... Oddly enough, they're willing to drink it when it's done... Interesting... (Lazy b@st@rds! LOL!)

So I brewed solo this past Sunday, although Dave and Erik did come over to eat pizza, drink beer and do the Sunday Night Football thing.


Dave, Erik & I before we all started to hit the gym and drink more lite beer
(Photo from the big Boston trip)

In fairness, Dave helped out by securing my funnel/filter while I poured the wort in the carboy. Sounds minor, but it was a big help, thanks Dave... And while Erik may not have helped with the brewing, he at least called the pizza delivery place, no wait he didn't do that either... Well, he did provide a half a bag of Doritos... I guess that's something...

At any rate, I didn't get any photos or videos this time around, the wife had the camera and was out seeing a girl friend act/sing in a play, and we all know what she did to the other camera...

About the recipe
This beer recipe is pretty cool because it included the most malt I've used in a kit to date. Not 1 but 2 cans of malt extract, a much larger bag or crushed crystal extract than what is typical, an additional bag of crushed chocolate and black patent malt and a spice pack that included sweet orange peel, cinnamon, cardamon seed and ginger root. Plus bittering and finishing hops. This should be a very flavorful beer, and according to the directions, it should be between 8% and 9% ABV. Should be a fun beer to enjoy by the fire place next month!

Houston, we may have a problem or two or three or four!
Here's the thing, the directions were a little vague at times, so I kinda had to guess when to add the spices, I put them in during the last 5-10 minutes of the boil, hopefully that was right. I baed the decision on other similar recipes I found via google. If it's on the internet, it must be true! Right?

The other thing is, I put the bittering hops in a little late. I hope that doesn't harm the brew too much... I got a little distracted with pizza... DOH! Any of you more experienced brewers out there think there will be much impact if the hops were added about 15-20 minutes late? Feel free to leave a comment and school me up...

I also had a couple of short boil overs! Damn that tasty pizza and ample supply of cold beer, so very distracting! Again, these were short, minor boil overs. I was getting a little sloppy, but I think all will be well, I hope...

I will say this much, the airlock has been going bubbling like crazy, which is a good sign... But, my boiler is on the fritz, and the temp dropped to 64 degrees in the house today. None the less, the airlock is bubbling away, which is a bit of a relief. I was concerned the temp fluctuation would have ruined things, but the beer appears to be doing well. Fingers are crossed, stay tuned!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Miller Genuine Draft Light 64 Calories!

“As light as it gets” indeed! (learn more)

Miller is testing out a new light version of there MGD, and it only has 64 calories in it! Holy crap! But, honestly, how good could it really be? I bet it really sucks! But I'm willing to try it...

Less than three months after introducing MGDL-64 in Madison, Wisconsin, Miller Brewing executives are strongly considering expanding the test throughout the Midwest as well as other territories, per a source.

The 64-calorie brew, also dubbed Miller Genuine Draft Light, debuted in August. Its tagline “As light as it gets” has appeared on retail displays as well as on out-of-home signage.

MGDL-64 has posted good results since its introduction. It has fared particularly well with women who sampled the low-calorie beer against Coors Light and Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch.


So, are they marketing this beer to women? Interesting... Gives me an excuse to call my buddies who will probably starting drinking this crap a bunch of little girls. No offense intended towards any of the female beer lovers out there...

Overcoming a Frat Party Reputation - NYTs

Check out this cool article featuring the guys from BeerAdvocate.com...


Here's some standout clippings from the article...

On sites like beeradvocate.com, ratebeer.com and realbeer.com, in blogs and bars, restaurants and stores in about every big city, beer cognoscenti debate and argue over beer styles, issues of authenticity, alcohol levels and of course which beers they like best.


Or this little gem that equates beer geeks to sci-fi and computer geeks...

Without the pastoral mystique that has been appropriated by wine producers or the suave, sophisticated imagery of the wine drinker, beer lovers have largely retreated to the antistyle precincts associated with such proverbial social outcasts as computer nerds and science fiction fanatics.

Bizarre facial hair, unflattering T-shirts and strange headgear are standard equipment among beer geeks.“Before the Internet, computer nerds felt on the outside but now they’re accepted,” Todd said. “I think beer geeks are the same way. We’ll look back 10 years from now and remember what it was like.”


read more | digg story

New York Beer Tour (Part III)

New York is huge, and I think I may have bit off more than the three of us could chew when I put together our itinerary. We didn't even hit all the stops I was considering, and we didn't bother with the big beer festival that was going on that weekend. Note to self: Consider hitting that event next year, more beer to chose from and less walking... Less risk more return?

Even with the abbreviated list of locations, we didn't spend a great deal of time in one place. It felt like we were always on the move, and if the rough shape my shoes were in by the night's end was any indication, we certainly were very mobile throughout the night. Next time I'm wearing sneakers!


After we left McSorley's, we hoofed it over to the Hop Devil Grill for a few more beers. This place has a wide selection of quality beers on tap and in bottles. But I'll be honest, I was expecting more out of the place in the way of ambiance. Hey listen, I'm not saying the place isn't great, but the web site gave me slightly inflated expectations.



Kenn had a bottle of Three Philosophers, a delicious Quadrupel... The bottle was big enough for all three of us to have some. Thankfully Kenn is a generous man. I can't quite remember what Chris and I had... I really need to start taking better notes...



Part of the problem was that I sampled a number of beers, hence the small glass and the look of both deep thought in my eyes... I'll dig up my notes later and figure out what I finally settled on. But I will tell you now, I went through a few samples before I found something I really liked. (Either I developing a discriminating beer pallet, or I was just making up for the lack of freebies at Brooklyn Brewery... You make the call!)



Chris has that similar look of heavy consideration in his eyes... If my fuzzy memory serves me, I believe he tried a cider of sorts. Chris likes the ciders, ask him why my old college room mate nick named him "Wood Chuck" and "Sweet Chuck" some time...


Here's what I settled on, if only I could remember what it was. Looks beautiful though doesn't it?

I found my notes! I had an Ommegang, Rare Vos, which is a Belgian Dark Ale. According to my chicken scratch notes, I gave this tasty beer a big thumbs up for it's beautiful amber color, smooth flavor and nice head that clung to the side of the glass.

My sloppy notes indicated that Chris actually had an Ace Perry Cider, which he said was a good choice, offering a sweet pear flavor.

As stated previously, Kenn chose a bottle of Three Philosophers, which he said had a sweet yet complex flavor, at this point, my notes got very messy, and more or less unreadable. They do include something about the cherry flavor and something else that ends with the phrase, "but in a good way..." LOL! I really need to work on my note taking!



Kenn and I are looking a little worse for ware after a long debate with 3 Philosophers.

Random thought of the day: I wish I had a pet monkey to take with me on these adventures. I could equip him with a helmet cam and just let him run wild, I imagine the videos he'd produce would be similar to the one below...


And now for something different...

After we finished our round of beers, we made our way to the World Trade Center and took a quick look at the memorial that stands on the site at the opening of the subway station there.



Six years later this site is no less sobering. The sign in the photo above list those that we would be toasting in a matter of minutes.


Our next stop was the bar in the Millennium Hilton Hotel, over looking the site of the World Trade Center. Above is a very blurry shot, but it gives you an idea of how good the view of ground zero is from the bar.


This is a pretty cool shot of Kenn with 'Old Glory' in the background and the World Trade Center memorial/subway entrance all lit up in the far background. The three of us had a beer, made a toast, had some munchies, and then hit the road...

Our next stop? Starbucks...



We moved on to The Blind Tiger after a brief stop at Starbucks to get Kenn a caffeinated beverage along the way. Kenn had put on a brave face, but he was starting to crash, and we still had a good portion of the night ahead of us. As you can see Chris was still smiling.


No coffee or tea for this guy by golly! Although, from the looks of me, a coffee may have been exactly what I needed, we did a lot of walking that day and we were all tired. I can't recall what I ordered, but it was something local to NY and it was good. If you hold the pint glass up to your ear, you can hear the brewery... No really, try it some time...



The video clip above shows some great street performers doing what they do best somewhere out there near the Blind Tiger. These guys could really sing! You gotta love New York!

Long story short, we didn't spend a lot of time at the Blind Tiger... After pumping Caffeine and NYC pizza into Kenn to revive him, we made our way to a bar Chris and I always visit when in the city, Off The Wagon.



Why do we go there so often? Not because of it's great beer selection or historic significance (because it has neither!), but because we get to relive a small portion of our college days when we visit. This place is your basic college bar, full of college aged people, do what college people do. Not really my scene any more, but...

But they have a number of beer-pong tables set up and allows for informal tournaments. At one point, Chris and I were quite skilled at the beer pong. And if bowlers are athletes, well then darn it, so too were we!

We stood there and provided an audience for a couple of games waiting for our turn at the table. When we were about to throw down the gauntlet and challenge the reigning champs to an ass whooping, the bar staff kicked everyone out of that room, a private party had reserved the area, so no beer-pong for us. It was probably just as well, the night was getting late, and we needed to make our way back to Brooklyn. As the lyric goes, "NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN!"


Once we got back to Brooklyn, we made our way to Barcade one more round of local brews and a lot of 80s arcade goodness. Yes, that's me having a beer at Barcade in the photo. I was also using my herculean strength to ensure the bar didn't float off the ground and escape. What can I say folks, I'm a hero...


I'm not sure, but I think in this photo, Kenn is barely able to keep his eyes open and is giving me the international sign for, "Please kind sir, do not photograph me, I'm not in the mood, photograph that guy there instead!" That crankiness was nothing that couldn't be solved by a few rounds of Digdug and a nightcap.


And just like that, Kenn was back in the game, both literally and figuratively, with one hand on his beer and the other on the joystick...


Chris, having located the bar and it's vast array of quality beers on tap was once again smiling. Unbeknonwst to him, a strange localized version of the famed Northern Lights was now presenting itself behind him across the bar. A strange phenomenon believed to be cause by poor lighting and amateurish photography. Nature is amazing isn't it?


I really wanted to play the Star Wars game they had, but it was out of order that night. So, I thought a round of Tapper seemed more than appropriate... I know what you're thinking, "My god he has a beautiful head!" And I know what question you are dieing to ask... But no, I have not previously served as a professional head model... At least not yet. But I am available for photo shoots...


Nothing like playing Tapper while enjoying a delicious beer fresh from a real tap... This was how the game was meant to be played.


Chris schooled me with his Tapper prowess, the lad is a natural.


I call this one, "You look beautiful in the Galaga glow!"



We wrapped up the night with a little billiards, to make sure Chris was not affected by the beer... Then, it was a forced march, AKA 'The Brooklyn Death March', back to Chris' car and a long sleepy ride home for me.

And that is more or less it... We had a great time, but I think our scope was just too wide. Next time, less stops, less walking and more laughs...

In the future I want to do just a Brooklyn trip, which will of course include Barcade and Brooklyn Brewery. I'd love to get more suggestions from some of my fellow beer travelers out there. (hint hint) What else is good in Brooklyn? Does anyone know if Green Point (Kelso) gives tours? They wont return my calls or emails...

If you have any other suggestions please leave a comment on this post with your thoughts.

In case you missed the early parts of this tour check them out here!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

McSorley's video clips

I'll post the final part of my New York City trip tomorrow... In the mean time here's two short video clips I just found from our time at McSorley's.



The first clip is my view of Chris ordering us a round of beers, the second is a very shot clip of us drinking that round. Kenn thought the camera was in photo mode and accidentally captured some video...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

New York City Beer Tour Part II: McSorley's

After the long walk to Barcade, we found that it wasn't open for business yet. Not a big deal, we would need to find our way back to Brooklyn by the end of our adventure so we could get back to Chris's truck and make our way home. Barcade would be our final stop...

So, I whipped out my trusty GPS device and quickly located McSorley's Old Ale House, based on the recommendations of our new friends we met at Brooklyn Brewery's tasting room. Good thing Chris knows the subway system, because I don't... As you can see from the photo above, the place was established back in 1834, when the nation was only but a 58 year old pup in the big scary world. Needless to say, this place is full of history, oh and beer too...

It was nice of the chick in red to walk into our photo like that...



Speaking of walking into photos... I noticed Kenn managed to avoid the camera's all seeing eye for most of this adventure. So you're blessed with yet another shot of me and Chris enjoying some fine NYC beer. I can't explain what the heck is happening to my face in this image, but I can only assume it is symptomatic of my joy and excitement when I learned McSorley's give you two beers when you ask for one. Granted they're not that big, but I do so enjoy a good deal when I see one...

McSorley's beer, is good honest beer, and it only comes in two styles; dark and lite. (McSorley's Cream Stock Ale and McSorley's Famous Lager) Don't be fulled by the term lite, it merely refers to the color and flavor of the beer, this isn't some weenie diet beer that I often find myself drinking in the hopes of keeping old man obesity off my trail. This is real beer and a real bar...


The image above captured one of the more unique highlights of the day for me. Our friends over at Brooklyn Brewery told me about a chandelier covered in turkey wish bones and a thick layer of dust, hanging over the bar at McSorley's. Ordinarily, I would find this to be a pretty nasty bio hazard in place where I purchase fine food and beverages, but there's a pretty compelling back story here. (Take a tour)

Apparently a large group of regulars enjoyed a last beer together at McSorley's before shipping out to fight in one of the World Wars. I'm pretty sure it was WWII, but I can't confirm that. At any rate, the story goes like this...

The men enjoyed a few round together knowing full well that the last beer that night might very well be their last beer ever. So they all hung their wish bones on the light fixture, toasted each other, and vowed they would come back after the war and take down their bones together and perhaps make a wish for bright future. The bones that remain are from the boys that didn't make it back from the war and the bones remain as a monument of sorts, so we never forget the price they paid for our freedom. The dust is there because no one touches the bones out of respect.

As a military man myself, this hit home. We toasted those boys that left their bones behind, thanking them for what they did...

Chris reflects on the toast we made to those that never returned.


We didn't stay at McSorley's very long because the place was packed. Not a free table in the joint. But I was glad we got the chance to see the place and enjoy a couple of beers. I hope to return on a less busy day so I can take in all the history that covers nearly every inch of the place. The walls are covered with old photos, newspaper clippings, awards, etc. There's a lot to see here.


As stated previously, beer makes Chris happy. Apparently it makes me look up...


I wonder who's job it is to update the number every year...



A view of me and Chris talking it up... Kenn was not feeling so well at this point of the day, so he decided to sit the beer drinking out for a little bit and man the camera... Poor Kenn... Bah! More beer for us!


"We were here before you were born..." Very true...

Kenn finally gave up the camera...

And on that note, I'll end this lengthy post. Next time I'll wrap up this whole New York City beer tour with some additional locations, images and some final thoughts. Stay tuned!!!

In case you missed the early parts of this tour check them out here!

Brooklyn Brewery's Tasting room



One more image from Brooklyn Brewery... I wanted to get a shot of the bar-keep pouring me a tasty beverage. This one was a Brooklyn Brewery's Pennant Ale. A well balanced American Pale Ale... Might need to pick up a six pack of this!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

NYC Beer Tour (part 1.2) Brooklyn Brewery

OK, I got an envelope in the mail last night from Chris with a CD full of images and a couple of video clips from our recent New York City Beer Tour. Thanks Chris!!!

I got tired of waiting for the images so I posted Part 1 of the tour last week here. I hope you enjoy the images from Brooklyn Brewery!!! More to come on the rest of the tour, so stay tuned!


This was the first sign that we were heading in the right direction...

Chris and I are enjoying a tasty beverage at the Brooklyn Brewery, in case you're blind... Then again, if you are you can't read this either.
Never mind then...


A closer shot of Chris and I enjoying some of Brooklyn Brewery's fine products... Beer makes Chris happy, can't you tell?

Our friendly Brooklyn Brewery tour guide gave us a detailed history on the company and the beer. She also explained the whole process, but sadly offered no free samples...
Friendly, but stingy...





Brewing in Brooklyn is a little more technical than it is in my kitchen.
I'm told the green button adds hops...


Thirsty beer-zombies stager into the brewing area for the big tour...
"More brains! I mean, MORE BEER!"


Kenn pauses for a moment as he leaves the brewery, convinced he saw a Brooklyn Brewery Oompa Loompa off in the distance...
Have another drink Kenn!


I need to get me a setup like this for the kitchen... Maybe in the next house?
Then again, this may be a little over kill...


The lonely Bar-Keep wasn't lonely for long at the Brooklyn Brewery tasting room. 8 outstanding beers on tap, and more available in the bottle too...


Just some tasty beer, sitting around Brooklyn Brewery with no one to love it. Poor beer, all it ever wanted was to be loved, and you wouldn't let it...
Maybe the lonely bar keep can give the beer the attention it so desperately desires...



Me posing with my new Brooklyn Brewery glasses on my way to the car before we hoofed it all the way to Barcade...

More on the big NYC trip is to come!!!

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