Archive for May, 2013

The Fifteenth of May, Two Thousand and Thirteen

Posted in Barley Legal Home Brewers, Daily Pictures, Good Times with tags , , , on May 16, 2013 by Verge
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After work, I met up with a few of the members of Barley Legal Home Brewers to work on our seriously amazing serving booth that was built for National Homebrew Conference, but is being test run this weekend at Yardley Beer Fest. Here, fellow member John Companick is  cutting out custom font letters to be wired up with lights like the one in the background near the shed, and hung over the saloon doors.

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Meanwhile, President Evan Fritz hooks up the tubing that will serve delicious homebrew to the thousands of thirsty attendees at both events.

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And this was my contribution – hooking up all the tubing for the CO2 manifold that will push all that beer out to the crowds.

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Another shot of the rough side of the serving facade, with head designer and fabricator Jim Carruthers in the background.

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And a quick shot of the front, sans the tap handles, faucets, drip trays and glass rinser. More pictures of a finished product to follow, or find some rough ones buried in pictures of Big Brew Day from a few weeks ago, where the booth took it’s first test run.

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But, camaraderie aside, the best part of the night was the test run of Manayunk Brewery’s first ever canned product! Evan brought over a batch that was literally canned a few hours before we cracked them, possibly becoming the first ever party outside of the Brewery to enjoy canned beers from Manayunk. My choice -Monk from the ‘Yunk, a Belgian Triple that comes in at over 9% ABV, and was delicious.

Carbon Dioxide

Posted in Creative Writing with tags on May 15, 2013 by Verge

These plants have grown on your quiet exhales

And though they’ve starved of you for quite a year now,

They, as I, can still taste your sweet breath on their lips.

The Seventh of May, Two Thousand and Thirteen

Posted in Brewing, Daily Pictures, Good Times with tags on May 15, 2013 by Verge

Every first Tuesday of the month, Monika and I have a Barley Legal Homebrewers meeting.  Since the meeting is closer to work than our home, we decided to meet for dinner before we headed to the meeting.

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Normally we grab dinner or a least a bite to eat at Iron Hill in Maple Shade. But, before the meetings, it gets really crowded at the bar, so instead, we met at Champps Americana. They have great veggie burgers and great beer.

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Then, to Iron Hill for our meeting. This month our meeting was actually a testing session for Philly Beer Geek competition. We all participated, and had more fun than business as usual.

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and, of course, there was beer tasting. Best part may have been our new, customized, Barley Legal King of the Hill Beer Club mugs. And, I won some beer in the raffle, and that’s always a nice thing – leaving with more than I came with.

Philadelphia Broad Street Run 2013

Posted in Sports with tags , on May 9, 2013 by Verge

Okay, so I didn’t run the race, but Monika and our friends Kelly and Cynthia did, and I tried to be supportive by waking up the day after Barley Legal Big Brew Day 2013 (post to follow soon) with a wicked sun burn and a mild hangover, and drove them to North Philly to start the race.

I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures, mostly because my phone was nearly dead as soon as I arrived because it served as our GPS to the starting line and I couldn’t run out of battery because I wouldn’t be able to find the girls afterwards if I did.  Also, I was distracted by trying to find a shot of whiskey at 830 on Sunday morning in South Philly.  For the record, McFadden’s at Citizens Bank Park as well as Chickie’s and Pete’s are both NOT open that early on a Sunday, regardless of a huge race running down Broad Street for ten miles.

For what it's worth, I did snap this picture down at the naval yard about 300 yards from the finish line.  the security after the Boston Marathon tragedy was pretty damn tight, and it seemed like they were on top of their shit.  The marine in this picture was just hanging out, watching people, and high fiving some of the runners.  I was truly touched that about one of every twenty or so runners, after literally just running 10 miles, chose to say "thank you" to the marine.  I'll admit, along with those that ran the entire race holding American flags, I got a little choked up.

For what it’s worth, I did snap this picture down at the naval yard about 300 yards from the finish line. The security after the Boston Marathon tragedy was pretty damn tight, and it seemed like they were on top of their shit. The marine in this picture was just hanging out, watching people, and high fiving some of the runners. I was truly touched that about one of every twenty or so runners, after literally just running 10 miles, chose to say “thank you” to the marine. I’ll admit, along with those that ran the entire race holding American flags, I got a little choked up.

When I finally found the girls, who I missed running past me, they had made great time and we retired to the recovery tent.  Afterwards, we headed to Collingswood and grabbed a beer at The Pour House.  They deserved it for sure.  Monika raised over 600 dollars for cancer research as part of team Determination.  And everyone who participated made a statement:  those raising money, those carrying flage, those wearing Red Socks to support Bostonians, those running for the good of others, those literally wheeling themselves across the finish line, proving that nothing can stand in the way of your personal determination, and all the spectators, who might not be ready just yet, but want to cheer those who've made such a commitment and show support for all of their passion and causes.

When I finally found the girls, who I missed running past me, they had made great time and we retired to the recovery tent. Afterwards, we headed to Westmont, NJ and grabbed a beer at The Pour House. They deserved it for sure.

Monika raised over 600 dollars for cancer research as part of Team Determination. And everyone who participated made a statement: those raising money, those carrying American flags, those wearing Red Socks to support Bostonians, those running for the good of others, those literally wheeling themselves across the finish line, proving that nothing can stand in the way of your personal determination, and all the spectators, who might not be ready to run just yet, but want to cheer those who’ve made such a commitment and show support for all of their passion and causes.

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