“No thanks, I’d prefer a Pilsner”, she said

Earlier this year, I attended a 5-day continuing education course at Sterling College entitled "The Art & Science of Brewing".  There were 17 students comprised of 3 females and 14 males, plus two male professors.  I did notice the gender imbalance, but I was not surprised by it.  It seemed similar to my early career on … Continue reading “No thanks, I’d prefer a Pilsner”, she said

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Black Insomnia Coffee – Is it really the world’s strongest coffee??

On August 15, 2012 (The Death Wish Coffee Experiment), our southern-most sherpa, Brewticular, wrote about Death Wish Coffee, which at that time, claimed to be the world's strongest coffee.  Brewticular was blown away by the results of his experiment, and only recently recuperated from his caffeine overdose. Well, 3 1/2 years later, a coffee introduced in … Continue reading Black Insomnia Coffee – Is it really the world’s strongest coffee??

School of the New American Farmstead

Craftsbury Common, Vermont.  Population 1200?  How appropriately named!  Images emerge as I consider the words.  "Craft", "Vermont", and delving further..."Farmstead" in the program name.  I have been attracted to Vermont since my days at the University of Connecticut, and believe an integral part of my soul was formed in this unique state.  Cheese, skiing, Frye … Continue reading School of the New American Farmstead

High Gravity Beer & Blue Cheese Pairings

In spite of the varied sentiments about 2016, the Sherpas were determined to end it on a positive note.  What could be better than friends, family, lights, camera and action? We asked Scott how he felt about having a pairing with a Stilton blue and a bourbon barrel aged beer before holiday festivities.  His answer was … Continue reading High Gravity Beer & Blue Cheese Pairings

Full Sail @ Half Full Brewery & Soundwaters Rare Beer Cruise

What's better than beer and boats?  A beautiful summer eve upon the Soundwaters 80' schooner with the good folks from Half Full Brewery and the Long Island Sound does it for us... Great beer and fair winds set us up for a perfect night.  It's funny though, when asked by one of the owners of Half Full … Continue reading Full Sail @ Half Full Brewery & Soundwaters Rare Beer Cruise

Defiant Brewing Co. – Pearl River, NY

This is our first live blog, meaning we are relaying our experience "on the ground" without editing.  Therefore, it may appear a bit choppy, since we are adding thoughts throughout the visit. First stop on motorcycle ride to Half Full Brewing's 2016 Soundwaters Rare Beer (Boat Edition).... Defiant Brewing opened at 2:00 pm (thank you … Continue reading Defiant Brewing Co. – Pearl River, NY

Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference 2016 meets Pokemon Go

BBC16 (Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference 2016) just wrapped up another fantastic session on July 10, 2016.  Thank you to Zephyr and all of the sponsors, breweries, and speakers that participated.  Filled with strong content, networking and a beautifully revived Tampa riverfront, we had the opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones throughout … Continue reading Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference 2016 meets Pokemon Go

SpongeBeer GrowlerPants

This past weekend, The Brew Sherpette and I took another of our celebrated beer-expeditions, this time to check out a few more Connecticut and Rhode Island Breweries.  We put the word out to our friends and followers on Untappd asking for suggestions and received responses that ranged from the ridiculous (skip everything and just head … Continue reading SpongeBeer GrowlerPants

Tributary Brewing; A Love Story

So there we were in Kittery, Maine at Tributary Brewing, a full 350+ miles from home, expressly to evaluate the new beginnings of brewing legend Tod Mott. The brewery tasting room had a warm, cozy, almost like home feel, with the patrons sitting close and enjoying each other's company while sharing a pint of beer. … Continue reading Tributary Brewing; A Love Story