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.

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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“!