Buffalo Gap Brisket Chili – Texas Style

My Dad, Horace Peter Wilson, grew up in Abilene, Texas, just north of Buffalo Gap, Texas.  He was raised by his Uncle Ernest "Ernie" Wilson and his Aunt Pauline.  Uncle Ernie was the founder of what was originally "The Ernie Wilson Museum of the Wild West".  The Museum was founded in 1956.  In February 2017, … Continue reading Buffalo Gap Brisket Chili – Texas Style

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Sir, yes, Sir! Brisket Boot Camp

Dry brisket.  Could be the bane of every BBQ enthusiast's experience.  The final result, after paying up for the best quality brisket, committing to the "low and slow", and gently tending to the biggest challenge in BBQ/smoking, was consistently dry and tough. We have tried various equipment at different price points, and finally invested in … Continue reading Sir, yes, Sir! Brisket Boot Camp

The Event: Monkish meet Tørst. Tørst, meet Monkish – February 25, 2018

The Brew Sherpas headed to NYC to Tørst for the Monkish Brewing Co. tap takeover during the 2018 NYC Beer Week.  It's nearly impossible to sample Monkish beers unless you travel to their brewery in Torrance, California or have a friend generously share one with you.  Having neither, we had the perfect opportunity to sample … Continue reading The Event: Monkish meet Tørst. Tørst, meet Monkish – February 25, 2018

The Highroller Lobster Co – Portland, Maine

OMG.  Senses tingling, overwhelming mounds of fresh Maine lobsta atop a grilled brioche roll?  Give me an "R", give me an "O", give me an "L", give me another "L", whatcha got?  The finest culinary discovery is located in downtown Portland, Maine. Let's step back and see what happened!  The Sherpas were in Portland, Maine … Continue reading The Highroller Lobster Co – Portland, Maine

What do Crypto, Beer and Portsmouth, New Hampshire Have in Common?

So glad you asked!  We have been mining cryptocurrencies with varying degrees of success.  How about that ... when everyone and their mother (literally) are mining crypto?  As Sherpas, we also track trends in beer and food, and are so fortunate to live in the Northeast and have easy access to some of the best New England … Continue reading What do Crypto, Beer and Portsmouth, New Hampshire Have in Common?

Round Two – Beer & Cheese Pairing for the Holidays – 2017

If we call it tradition, then it shall be so!  2017 Second Annual Christmas Eve Beer and Cheese Pairing might have surpassed 2016 (https://thebrewsherpa.com/2017/01/02/high-gravity-beer-blue-cheese-pairings/). This is likely the case for several reasons:  anticipation; experience; better understanding of all parties involved in the "event" as to the parameters are for judging (pretty much everyone is right). … Continue reading Round Two – Beer & Cheese Pairing for the Holidays – 2017

Happy 7th Birthday Untappd – Drink Socially

In 2010, the craft beer scene in New York City was in its infancy.  The undercurrents were there for massive change, and one of the catalysts of change was developing a mobile beer app in the late hours after-work.  Greg Avola lived in New York City, and worked full-time in IT at ABC News.  Greg's … Continue reading Happy 7th Birthday Untappd – Drink Socially

“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

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