Gone Fishin’

Super stoked to be flying to Nova Scotia next week to cover a harpoon swordfishing trip for Edible Manhattan with one of the founders of FreshDirect. #highseasvomit

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Sand in Your Can

Mid-week vacation day with the lady at Long Beach. And the really good news? My bikini still fits.

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Well, funny enough, I had two separate articles come out in the course of a week…despite the fact they were written nearly six months apart (see the Edible Queens one below).

Getting to know the guys of The Bronx Brewery a bit better, and having the opportunity to tell their story, was an awesome gift.  A big thank you to my editors at Edible Manhattan, Amy Zavatto and Gabrielle Langholtz, who were incredibly instrumental in helping me take this piece to a higher level.

Now get out there and drink some beer, people.  It’s Saturday, for God’s sake.

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I’m super stoked to finally see this piece in print.  After living in Astoria for over a decade, it was nothing short of an honor to get to dig deeper into my borough, and attempt to shine a spotlight on the bar owners and brewers who carry the beer torch.

Big thanks to Alia Akkam and Jay Soysal of Edible Queens for the opportunity to tell the story of beer in Queens.

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Huge thanks to Dorothy Robinson of the Metro NY who interviewed me about beer gifts for that special Dad in your life.  And even while changing a diaper!  I’m not joking.  Oh, and feeding my son dozens of black beans to keep him engaged.  He’ll do anything for black beans.

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And to you, Dad, Happy Father’s Day!

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A Beer a Day…

Teaching a beer class to 50 NYU Med students today. My goal: convert the world to craft beer one doctor at a time.

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The scribble of a mad man

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Yep, that’s a shite ton of beers from NY.

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Last weekend, the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic roared into town like a well-dressed, well-fueled, steam train. Second in scope only to Tales of the Cocktail (held every year in New Orleans), it is New York’s stamp on the spirits world. Now in its third year, the MCC kicked off the four-day festivities by holding its Gala at the New York Public Library (yes, Ghostbusters fans, that library. And yes, at night).

But this year, the Gala was ratcheted up to a new level of greatness by the addition of one aspect: the NY Spirits Room. For the first time, amongst what is an inevitable crush of huge liquor brands, the state of NY paid for a room to feature 24 established, as well as newly launched, New York craft distillers. To read more, check out my piece for The New York Cork Report: “New York Spirits Steal the Show at the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala.”

Below are some pics I took from the gala. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to document the Library Ghost floating amongst the stacks…but don’t you doubt, she’s there…

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Cocktail experiments for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic at Hearth.

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“gu-TURN-yo”

Gutturnio frizzante, Lusenti, 2011. It’s a red. And it’s bubbly.

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Bourgogne Passetoutgrain (Pinot Noir, Gamay), Colinot, 2009, Burgundy.

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26 lb lamb on a motorized spit, baby; my neighbors know what’s up.

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She may not look like much now, but in less than 48 hrs, this beauty will be cranking out New York’s finest beers at Terroir on the High Line.

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Below is the opening beer list.  All NY, all the time.
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Adolphus A. Busch, IV

In what must go down as one of the wildest weeks in recent memory for news events, there is one that I strongly feel must be highlighted.  On April 18, 2013, Adolphus A. Busch IV, heir to the Anheuser-Busch beer empire (aka the Death Star), made a bold move: he resigned from the National Rifle Association.

One day previously, the US Senate voted down the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment, a proposal which would have expanded basic background checks for gun sales, and in doing so, effectively scuttled the chances of any meaningful legislative action on gun control.  This was a shameful act, and a sad day for America.  Just as a point of reference, this proposal was supported by 90% of Americans, and in a move that shows the true colors of our current politicians, the fear of losing their financial pipelines from the NRA was greater than the wishes of the people they were put in office to represent.  And so, it was with great elation, that I read Mr. Busch’s resignation letter the following day.  I’ve posted his entire letter below.

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From a staunch advocate of craft beer, who is incredibly reticent to see a single dollar of mine go to support the AB InBev monstrosity, I say to you, sir, well done!  Let’s all raise a glass of Bud to Adolphus, and his brave move.  Lord only knows the percentage of NRA members he may have lost with his bold statement; but he followed his beliefs over his financial concerns…something our fair Senators didn’t have the balls to do.

April 18, 2013
Mr. David A. Keene
President
National Rifle Association of America
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Mr. Keene,
This letter shall serve as formal resignation of my life membership in the NRA. I ask that you immediately remove my name from your membership roles and provide me an acknowledgement of this action.

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All staff Burgundy tasting. Digging into some serious Cote de Nuits.

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