Brew(ery) Review: Sam Adams Boston Brewery

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No brew review this week (lots coming up, though. Fall beers are in full swing now), so I’ve got some photos from the Sam Adams brewery. I went on a brewery tour while on vacation in Boston this summer, and during this tour they let us know something that I had no idea about. The Boston brewery (a fantastic tour, by the way, worth the trip if you’re in Boston. You can take the T to get there, super easy) doesn’t really make much of the beer. That is done at their other breweries in Cincinnati and in Lehigh, PA. Boston Lager, however, is in fact brewed in Boston, and I guess that’s all that really matters for posterity’s sake. The important thing to know, however, is that there is free beer involved at the end (4 beer tasting) and you get to keep your tasting glass. It’s a smaller glass, but it’s still a cool souvenir. And, you get to refill it until your table’s pitcher is gone. We also got to vote on their next beer, which was extremely difficult because both of their tasting beers (Oaked Ale and Maple Pecan Porter) were delicious. So, here are some pictures from the tour. A big-for-this-site announcement is coming up tomorrow, so stay tuned.

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YoBeat’s State of Shred Hits PA

Pennsylvania Boards and Brews State of ShredYoBeat is back at their “State of Shred” profiles, and recently they had Dinosaurs in Outerspace cover Pennsylvania. Judging from their piece, and the fact that they were in the Arnette Crew Clash, I’m guessing these guys don’t leave the park much. Which is fine, but will obviously skew their view of different mountains (more towards Big Boulder and 7 Springs). Just thought I’d bring the article to the attention of other PA riders. Here are some of my quick thoughts on the article: Continue reading

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Local Flavor III: Bring ‘Em Out, Mountain Creek [video]

A little bit of a situation arose today with MJD, the resident shred dog, so a late Local Flavor this evening. This week’s video comes out of New Jersey’s own Mountain Creek, and features exactly zero landing shots. For all I know, every one of these tricks were bailed on. These kids have balls though, throwing these stunts out on Creek’s ice. And you gotta love the cameo by the kid in pink at the end. Enjoy.

Side note, according to the uploader’s profile he is a filmer at Woodward. So he must be doing something right.

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Arbor Snowboards Have Arrived

Arbor Collective SnowboardsThis year the shop is carrying a couple boards out of the Arbor line, and I gotta say, they are sexy. The wood graphic is a different direction than any company goes in, and I like it. It’s super clean, and stands out from other boards out there. For more info about Arbor visit their site, and stop by D&Q in Cherry Hill to check out the 2011-12 line.

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Brew Review – Samuel Adams Irish Red

Samuel Adams Irish RedBrewery: Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Brew: Irish Red
Style: Irish Red Ale
ABV: 5.8%
Price: $8.99
Their Take: This rich and malty ale originated in Ireland in 1710. It has a deep red color and distinctive caramel flavor from its pale and caramel malts. The malt sweetness is balanced by the earthy notes of the East Kent Goldings hops.

My Thoughts
Going into this beer, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect out of it. Irish reds have a very distinct, Continue reading

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Local Flavor II – May Day 2011 at Big Boulder

More resorts are opening up across the country (here’s looking at you A-Basin, Loveland and Wolf Creek), and that makes me jealous. So how about flashing back to the last day of riding in the Poconos this year, Big Boulder’s May Day back on May 7th. And yes, this is honestly the best edit I could find in my YouTubeing.

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Capita Snowboards – Defenders of Awesome

Capita Snowboards Defenders of Awesome Swag

What up Capita! Time to defend awesome.

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Brew Review – Left Hand Sawtooth Ale

Left hand brewing sawtooth aleBrewery: Left Hand Brewing Co.
Brew: Sawtooth Ale
Style: American ESB
ABV: 5.3%
Their Take: It’s all you’ll ever need. Sessionable. Unpretentious. Our original flagship. Proof that a beer can be both complex and balanced. Malty chewiness slowly transitioning over to herbal, earthy hops with a dry finish. Brewed to be enjoyed with friends and to stimulate serendipity.

My Thoughts
For my first review, I decided to go with Left Hand’s Sawtooth Ale. Continue reading

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Local Flavor I: Shawnee Mountain 2011 – DTF Productions

Welcome to Local Flavor, a weekly feature spotlighting a video either made in the Poconos or by riders from the Poconos, preferably a combination of the two. Let’s do this. 

To get people stoked on the upcoming season, Shawnee Mountain just posted DTF Production’s 2011 edit, conveniently filmed at Shawnee Mountain. Not the worst riding I’ve seen, not the best (they have an affinity for nose grabs and riding half a rail), but I like their spirit. And hey, at least they didn’t litter. Environment first kids.

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The Shred Remains Philly Premiere

One of the problems with living in Philly is how close it is to New York City. It’s also a great thing, but it poses a lot of issues – mainly that the premieres all tend to happen there, and since its a 2 hour drive from Philly, we never get anything. Rome decided to kick this trend, and premiered their movie The Shred Remains right over the bridge at Temple. The Temple Snowboarding Club won Rome’s inaugural Imma Betta Jibba contest, so it was only natural to hold it there.

I showed up late thanks to a sweet detour through North Philly, shady at best, but managed to make it for the second half of the movie. I got there in time to see MFR absolutely kill it through some ridiculous lines; she’s really helping to destroy the stereotypes surrounding women riding. Women in general are starting to go huge, and it’s awesome to watch, and will hopefully get them more involved in the male dominated snowboard scene. LNP did his LNP thing for the ender, and it was great, but I gotta say Lucas Debari had the best part in the film. All backcountry, which is more to my liking honestly, and he was just massive. I mean, there really is no way to describe it, all I can do is just highly, highly recommend watching this one. The 2011 movies are solid all around, and this deserves to be in the rotation.

After the movie there was the usual product toss, then some 7 Springs ticket/pass giveaways followed by a raffle for an Artifact Rocker. They must have gone through 10 tickets before finally drawing someone who was still there. People must have bailed after the movie to get a head start on Thirsty Thursday (it is college after all), and a lot of people missed out on getting a board. LNP, Lazz and Riley Nickerson were there signing posters and I met up with some of the guys from the shop who made the trip into the city. Overall, solid film, solid night. Enjoy the admittedly crappy shots I took at the premiere.

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