You’re Gonna Make It, Kid

This month marks the 10 year anniversary of October 2007; one of the most pivotal moments of my life. I was 10 months into my first job out of college, one that I got by replying to a Craig’s List ad. When you applied for jobs on Craig’s List in 2006, they rarely gave you any indication as to what the industry you’d be interviewing for, let alone the company. All you got was a randomly generated email address that would reply to your submission, which is exactly what I got 11 months earlier in December 2006. I went to the interview dressed in a brand new suit and power tie (both college graduation gifts), to make sure I put forth the best impression. The intimidating office building two blocks south of Columbus Circle had a ground level with a ceiling of at least 100 feet high (</hyperbole>), and when I got up to the right floor, there was an odd feeling to my surroundings. It was at this moment that a short, unassuming Korean man with glasses approached me wearing sneakers, jeans and a polo and deadpanned “Jesus, I feel like I’m getting audited.” This was my introduction to Sam Frank.

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Top 5 All Time – Beers of 2016

This year has definitely been my biggest beer year yet. I visited a TON of new, high quality breweries; including, but not limited to Crooked Stave, TRVE, and Maui. I ventured to the biggest beer festival in the country. I even started a beer podcast. I went all in on beer in 2016. And while I am not sure what 2017 will have in store for me, I know that it will most likely include some good beer and breweries as well. I wanted to task myself with sitting down and thinking about what were the best beers I had this year, and why. It might have to do with experience, or it might just be that the beer tasted better. All that factors into what makes a beer great. Beer is an experience. Well, it can be an experience. Of all the new beers and breweries I was able to try in 2016, below are my Top 5 and why. If you can get your hands on any or all of these… I would say do it.

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The Long Run

Did anyone else seem a little extra tired this morning? Not like, I needed more sleep tired; like emotionally exhausted. Like a toll had been taken on you mentally that was just too much to bare anymore. This is the American psyche today, November 8, 2016. It’s finally here, and soon to be over. Election Day. This election has essentially been 18 months long. A year and a half. Two pregnancies. Three hockey seasons. All leading up to today.

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