Beer Fest Review: OC Brew Ha Ha 2013

My faith in beer festival organizers has been restored. After the disastrous Beer Loves Music beer festival at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, I was set for a great beer fest, and found it at the OC Brew Ha Ha. Anyone running a beer festival really should attend a Brew Ha Ha function to […]

Indian is Back (Again)!

Indian is an iconic name among motorcycle enthusiasts, but the owners of that name have long struggled. Considered to be the first American motorcycle company, Indian went bankrupt after World War II when it switched to smaller motorcycles that the public rejected.  That began a revolving door of companies who bought and tried to implement […]

How Will You Chill Your Beer After the Nuclear Holocaust?

After the big one comes, and we are living in caves and burned out buildings, waiting for the radioactive fallout to dissipate, how will we chill our beer? I happened to come across this video today that provides a way to chill beer with only a big rubber band, and no electricity required. That’s a […]

Tonight’s Tasting: CAO Sopranos Edition and Budweiser Black Crown

Choosing the cigar for tonight’s tasting was a no-brainer. I reached into the humidor to see what I could find and spied a CAO Sopranos Edition. Given the recent death of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), I had no choice but to select this stick as my small tribute. As to the beer, well, let’s talk […]

New Beer Fridge

Exciting day. The workers finally finished installing my new outdoor beer fridge. If you ever come to visit, please be careful not to slam the door closed.

New Yorkers Fight For Their Right to Smoke

On Monday, June 24, the New York Tobacconist’s Association will host its second annual Stogiethon, a fundraising event to benefit the organization’s legislative initiatives in Albany. The NYTA, which was founded in 2010, is an activist organization of New York’s tobacconists formed to battle anti-tobacco taxation and legislation on both the state and local level. […]

Cigars Direct Cigar of the Month Club

Bless the fine people at Cigars Direct for sending an especially tasty Cigar of the Month Club selection. Here’s what it includes: Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 – Can’t go wrong with a RP Vintage. La Gloria Cubana Serie R — I gave the Serie N an impressive 94 last year. I can’t wait to try […]

It’s a Good Time to be a Craft Beer Drinker

I received another press release from the Brewers Association today, announcing its “Legislator of the Year” awards. Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) were recognized for their stewardship of the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act – clever, eh?). Yeah, yeah, thumbs up, congratulations and all that, but […]

What is a “Craft Beer”?

I received a press release today from the Brewers Association, “a trade organization dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers.” The Association has started a “Craft vs. Crafty” campaign, trying to get the word out that you might not be drinking a “craft beer”, as the Association defines that term, even though it appears […]

Cigar Reviews of Camacho Maduro, La Palina Classic, and Room 101 at Crush & Roll

I attended the Crush & Roll 2012 event in Paso Robles, California which, as the name implies, is devoted to cigars and wine. First, some quick impressions of the event, and then I’ll rate the cigars provided at the event. Crush & Roll 2012 This was my first time at Crush & Roll event in […]