Happy First Birthday!!

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So we have made it to a year and I know that there hasn’t been much action here lately.  I created this site and blog as more of a collaborative.  That being said it hasn’t worked out to that as of yet.  It could be because real life is getting in the way but my intention is to keep things going right now.  So what is next?:

A series called: “Why Beer And Running?”

It helps to get back to the basics of it all and why it is. Look for it soon everyone!

 

Cheers!

#LuvRun Promises To Offer You Your Next Hook Up Or Wife!

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That’s right ladies and gentlemen tomorrow is the big day to forget your tinder app, your OkCupid profile, and your Eharmony account! This opportunity for luv is so hot right now it comes with a $15 discount!

 

Also looking at the comments we know that you can meet your future wife there and there will be drunk chicks at the finish line!  That’s right drunk chicks will make this seem like a real like modern-day Caligula.  I just hope there are fresh Port-o-potties at the Marsh Post tomorrow night!

Want What You Need!

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Last Monday was an amazing day for healing.  If Boston was in need for one thing it was healing. The aftermath of the destruction caused last year. I can say that the damaging point for me was that it separated me from a lot of friends mentally  31 years is a long time not to field a champion. What may have been more impressive is that Meb will be 39 in just a few weeks.  Boston has not been won by anyone older since 1931. This was the impossible and the impossible happened! This is  was what the city needed! Things may never be what is called normal but it is coming back to the closest feeling that it represents.   Four people died, 14 people lost limbs, and 1000s of people had their dreams shattered. Waiting for 371 days not including the training before to cross the finish line has to be daunting and to get there brings a sense of peace to life. It has become a need.

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The events of the 2013 Boston Marathon didn’t hit home until I was running in my neighborhood and ran into Crystal Campbell’s wake.  My heart sunk because I saw the town where I live become stopped in time by sadness.  This finish relieved a lot of that.

It made me go back to myself and look to where I come from.  I remember 15 or so years ago my friends wanted to go out for a run. Low  and behold I agreed to it.  Around the old high school and before a half of a mile was complete I was sure I would vomit.  It makes me fast forward to October 7, 2012 when I crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon in 3:56:03.  I may have been 60+ pounds heavier when I had run that first half mile.  Coming to my mid 30s I realize that crossing that finish line was what I needed.  I look at the things I need in life: love, nourishment, shelter, family, and friends.

Fate and destiny are real things but they do not happen without dedication and hard work!  If you want what you need the impossible will become possible.

A Beginners Guide To Finding Craft Beer In NYC!

So on April 1st this article was  written by “Hoppy Boston” and I had to ask if it was an April Fools joke.  I found out that it wasn’t but there were some well written points that I have been through and agree with:

 

When I first moved to Boston (over ten years ago, damn that makes me feel a little old) this city had a similar issue. There were a few craft beer bars, and majority of other bars had a pretty standard selection. You would get some macro-lagers (Bud, Miller), some big beer imports (Guinness, Bass, Harp), some crafty beers (like Blue Moon) along with Sam Adams and Harpoon, which were the major craft beers on the market. A good bar might have Long Trail or Smuttynose, along with Sierra Nevada in bottles.

This resonates with me because it was the Boston I had met nine years ago.  Yesterday was a glorious day because Slumbrew announced that they were opening a tasting room and brewery in Somerville Ma.

To relate Somerville to New York here is how it would play out of Boston and its suburbs were to be cast in the similar roles:

Boston Proper would play Manhattan.

Cambridge would play Brooklyn.

Somerville would play Queens.

To not have Slumbrew on tap in Somerville is like a place in Queens not carrying Singlecut (Although I didn’t see it on tap at Alewife and that place is 110% legit).  It denies you  cred for knowing your beer.  Truth of the matter is that on a 1.6 mile stretch on Broadway Ave in Somerville there are three bars that carry zero Slumbrew. This is a sad state of affairs:

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My sadness is evident on this trail. Must detour off of it. I should have stopped at East End Grille!

I do see this as being an out of towners lost cause on finding good beer if they were subjected to the wrong places in Boston in the year 2014.

All of the bars I visited in Manhattan had the type of selection you would find in Boston a decade ago (macro lagers, crafty beers and big beer imports). One place had Dogfishhead 60 Minute on draft and I was pleasantly surprised. We didn’t find a single local beer on draft or in bottles at any of the places we went. New York (city and state) has some great breweries including Brooklyn, Sixpoint, Ommegang, Ithaca and Southern Tier. I am sure there are dozens of others that have more limited distribution. I really wonder why the bars in the city haven’t embraced the craft beer revolution. Are people in Manhattan less interested in craft beer? Are the bars unwilling to step outside the box? Did I just get unlucky and hit a bunch of places with a crappy beer selection?

I will say yes and it is like the Broadway story above.  If you are not familiar with an area you can find yourself in a bit of trouble. I’m always glad to help though.

My story starts in August of last year when I had went down and saw that there was an Untappd badge for drinking at the Pony Bar!

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What I really like about the Pony Bar is that their craft beer selection is always changing and their website is always up to date!

While doing research on the Pony Bar I also found an awesome website that should be used in every city and which for the most part has been missed out on by Boston:

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Beermenus.com was the key to finding just about anything I wanted in the City. Look up a certain beer? Check! See what about 80+% of the bars are carrying? Check! If you are not using BeerMenus.com then you might just end up drinking Corona at the Sabarro in Times Square.

 

If you want to go to the end of the One line in NYC it will lead you to The Bronx Alehouse. The Bronx Alehouse is pretty awesome and they give you updates via twitter of what  beers have kicked and what they are being replaced with:

They even have an occasional sense of humor every once in a while:

 

Also they have an awesome electronic menu of what is on tap, live social media feeds, what kind of beer it is,  and how much beer is left in the keg with color and serving glass type too:

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Not the actual menu but one just like it. Exactly like it.  Also that Ghost Runners 10k IPA looks good (not available at Bronx Ale House). 

If you are looking to explore a brewery then there is no better brewery to explore than Singlecut Beersmiths! Rulpsen will guide you to the home of some of NYC’s best IPAs and Pale Ales!

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Rulpsen is one sexy beast!

If you are near Times Square then it would be good to check out Rattle N Hum and Beer Authority. There are always 50+ awesome beers on tap at each and an awesome selection of bottles as well!

What about beer stores? Well Alphabet Beer Co., Good Beer, and Top Hops have you covered.  And on another note you can also drink beer at the store!

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I really do and if anyone has suggestions feel free to email me or even better leave a comment!  I also hope this is helpful to anyone out there looking for a beer in NYC!

 

 

Budweiser Made A Beer That Changed My Life!

I know that I have made fun of Budweiser products in the past but my mind, heart, and taste buds have seen the light:

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Budweiser & Clamato Picante Chelada.  This is holy hangover cure for your Sunday Brunch minus the celery and olive.  But who needs that when you got a beer pinker and much more life changing than Night Shift’s “JoJo”? On one end you get the taste of V8 and on the other you get second shelved candied deliciousness. This isn’t good enough for you?

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Bam!!! Nothing will spice this party up like Sriracha and Frank’s Red Hot. If you have never had Sriracha shame on you.  I have poured it into every craft beer I have ever had and that is why they have all tasted so good! Still not hot enough?  Pop in some of that Frank’s for extra kick!

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It’s like liquid chips and salsa!  You don’t like chips and salsa?  You were born without a soul!  This beer is so good that it is all five stars on that Untappd ticker:

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This beer is so good that I had to pour it out for my “Dead Sink Homies”!:

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Most of the can for my “Dead Sink Homies“!

 

Top 5 Beers Of February!

Last day of March….It’s been a busy month but I still love beer!  Ironically all of the beers in February were IPAs and pale ales (is this Normal)?

 

Victory “Hop Ranch”- This is a very refreshing IPA. Victory had a huge win with Dirt Wolf and this is a continuation of that.  If you are able to find this one get it!

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Slumbrew “Flagraiser”- I have rediscovered this beer recently and I must say that it is now better than ever.  If you haven’t had this as of yet it might as well be one of the most underrated unfiltered IPAs on this market! Thank me you will enjoy it and a lot!

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Night Shift “Galaxynation”- I had taken the Galaxy hop as being second tier hop but this offering is changing my mind.  “Citranation” is now currently on tap and is a must too!

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Stone “Enjoy by 2.14.14” – “Dank Valentines Day” Enjoy by 4.20.14 will be “Dank smoke day”!

Trillium  “Stumpy Duck” – If you haven’t heard of Trillium then you very soon will.  They make some fabulous IPAs, Pale Ales, and Saisons.  This is no different.  How can you also not like the name Stumpy Duck.  It just rolls off the tounge.

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What beers did you enjoy in February and beyond (crap it is 1.5 hours from April). I. AM. SLACK.

A Course (Of Course)!

Ironically one of the greatest things that gets overlooked at a race is the course itself.  We always talk about the beer, the T-shirt, the food (even if it is just a banana or a full on meal) but the course is something that is not mentioned as much.  Of course we like to say it is flat or hilly but there is so much more.

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This has been my life for the past week and will be a huge part of my life tomorrow!

Notice that this course of the Cambridge 5k “Craicfest”  has 21 turns in 3.1 miles.  If you take a look at the Boston Marathon route it has only five actual turns. It is also 26.2 miles.

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This is the intersection of Land Blvd and O’brien Highway.  There is always a ton of traffic here as noted from earlier today. The race will go through the red light and under the MBTA Bridge. It will then go over the Gilmore Bridge. This is a huge artery from Cambridge to Boston and a lot goes into shutting it off. Be thankful to your police officer directing traffic.

Beyond getting through the traffic you will see some of the most fantastic views of Boston:

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Right After Mile 1.

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At Mile 2.

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Yes, at night but still part of the course.  Everyone loves running over a bridge!

There is so much more to show but I will leave this for you to see tomorrow morning. If you haven’t signed up feel free to come to the food court at the Cambridgeside Galleria between 7:30 am and 9 am tomorrow and sign up to run.  You’ll enjoy the course!!