“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

Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ Boston 2016

Lagunitas and the Sherpas...perfect together!  Our love affair for all things Lagunitas started in Petaluma in 2012.  First the Beer Circus, then the tasting room and tour, set the stage.  Not only is the beer first class, their approach to marketing is unique.  Stories abound regarding the naming of some of their beers, 420 lore, … Continue reading Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ Boston 2016

Portsmouth Beer Week – Beer & Cheese Tasting at Earth Eagle Brewings

Heading toward Maine...once again...affords some wonderful, educational, savory, social experiences.  Our friends at 2beerguys welcomed us as old friends do...as if we hung out just yesterday.  Amber recommended that we attend this event at Earth Eagle Brewings in downtown Portsmouth.  She was right on! Being beer and cheese lovers, this was a perfect Sunday stopover.  Hosted by Ruth Miller, … Continue reading Portsmouth Beer Week – Beer & Cheese Tasting at Earth Eagle Brewings