Royal brew

I started the shots today for the t-cell harvesting, that will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. For my brother to treat his cancer. So I had to stop drinking before, and until it’s over! So till then I will blog some odds and ends from other places that are some what related to beer!
This one is from ABC news.
‘Royal Virility Performance’ Brew Contains Aphrodisiacs for Royal Couple’s Big Night
From vomit bags to Haribo candy, there is certainly no shortage of strange royal wedding memorabilia. But so far, it’s possible nothing has come out that will make the queen blush quite like what Scottish brewing company Brew Dog introduced today.

Known for its eccentric brews, Brew Dog has announced a creation made specifically for the royal wedding. It’s called “Royal Virility Performance,” and it’s an India Pale Ale containing herbal Viagra, chocolate, goat weed and a “healthy dose of sarcasm.”

There will only be 1,000 bottles of the limited-edition beer available through Brew Dog’s website, costing around $16.55 per 330 milliliter bottle.

With three beers creating the same effect as one Viagra pill, the celebration could add up to a pretty penny. Fortunately, a fifth of the proceeds will go to Centrepoint, a charity aiding homeless youth that is supported by Prince William.

In an effort to distinguish itself from other breweries that might be creating special edition beers for the very special occasion, Brew Dog has laced “Royal Virility Performance” with aphrodisiacs to “give the happy couple something extra on their big day,” according to the company’s web site.

The beer ships strictly the day before the royal wedding. To further commemorate the big day, albeit in raunchy fashion, the label of the bottle is decorated with phrases like “Celebrate Big Willy Style,” and “Arise Prince Willy.”

Brew Dog even went as far as sending Prince William a bottle, according to Metro UK, so that he can appropriately celebrate his big day.



Shipyard Tavern in CT

Grand Opening of the Shipyard Tavern at Latitude 41 in Mystic, Connecticut! 

Grand Opening

Shipyard Tavern


TIME: 4:00pm

LOCATION: 105 Greenmanville Ave.,

Mystic, Connecticut 

Join us tonight for the grand opening of the Shipyard Tavern at Latitude 41, next to the Mystic Seaport, in Mystic, Connecticut.

The grand opening celebration will feature $2.50 Shipyard pints, prizes and giveaways, live entertainment, and a live remote with WBMW.

The Shipyard Tavern will feature a new menu to compliment its beer selections.  Draft lines include Mystic Seaport Pale Ale, Shipyard Export, Shipyard IPA, Shipyard Summer, Old Thumper, Double Old Thumper, Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat, and Stock Top Belgian Wheat Ale.

The Tavern is also offering Mystic’s first Mug Club!  Participants will receive a personalized beer mug, a Shipyard t-shirt, a birthday lunch, invitations to members only events, and half price appetizers.

Shipyard Tavern

105 Greenmanville Ave. 

Mystic, Connecticut

Westfield Police and College keg parties

Are the police just that good in Westfield Mass or what!

Posted in the Westfield evening news paper on Monday was a story about under age college students and their keg parties over the weekend. The short part of story that’s good and readable it from their blog the rest I scanned! So try and read the whole thing along with picture and try to guess how many kegs got impounded and how many parties got broken up and how many students. And let me know in the comment and see if you can figure it out I know I’m confused!

City police crash parties

WESTFIELD — City police moved proactively over the weekend to blunt disturbances caused by off-campus college-age parties during celebrations of “Spring Weekend” by Westfield State University students, serving a total of five warrants at college-age residences on Shepard and Mechanic streets to quash parties where an admission price had been paid in return for alcohol provided at the parties.
Det. Lt. David Ragazzini said “The purpose of the warrants was the illegal sale of alcohol” at the parties where access to alcohol was provided with the price of admission.
Det. Sgt. Ray Manos reported that community policing officer Steven Nacewicz learned of plans for a large party on Friday evening, at which liquor would be sold, and applied for search warrants for two apartments at a Shepard Street address. …

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Thomas Hooker Brewing

On my annual Hooker tour and visit with other beer friends. We found that they were in a renovation of their building inside. What they are going is moving the visitors sampling room to the front of building, and making room for a lager capacity brewing and bottling line in the back. The news must be right about craft brewing being on the rise, which is a good thing for us brew lovers and it shows here. With make shift areas here and there it did not slow down the staff nor the visitors that came for sampling or growler refills. Only thing that bothered me a little was only 4-taps flowing, with 8 standards and 3 seasonal my taste buds were set for their Old Marley Barleywine. I did get to try 5 brews and they were their two of the seasonal Nor’easter and Watermelon. The two year rounds were Irish Red and Hop Meadow IPA. The fifth was from bottle it was Liberator Doppelbock, it was still worth the five dollar tasting fee I just double up on a couple of them. Hopefully on my next visit everything will be up a running new and my taste buds will not suffer. But it’s congrats to Thomas Hooker for doing so well and making good brews. And as someone there had said it’s the only hooker you can put your lips on and not get in trouble with the wife or girl friend.



Brewers’ ‘Elf’ battle

A central Pennsylvania brewery is hopping mad over the name given to another brewer’s elfish ale.

Harrisburg’s Troegs Brewing Company wants Fegley’s Brew Works in Bethlehem to stop selling a beer with a name similar to Troegs’ Mad Elf Ale. The brewer wants the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel Fegley’s trademark on Rude Elf’s Reserve.

Troegs says the two seasonal beers are likely to cause confusion among consumers since they have similar names and are distributed in some of the same areas.

Fegley’s Brew Works owner Jeff Fegley tells The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that Troegs just wants to "monopolize the word ‘elf’ in advertising its beer."

Discovery in the case began Monday but the legal challenge could stretch into next year

History and beer

For those that don’t know about history … Here is a condensed version:


Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers.
clip_image003 They lived on deerclip_image004 in the mountainsclip_image005 during the summer and would go to the coastclip_image006 and live on fish and lobster in the winter. clip_image007

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer
clip_image008 and the invention of the wheel.clip_image009 The wheel was invented to get man to the beer.clip_image010 These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:
1 . Liberals
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Once beer
clip_image013 was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture.clip_image014 Neither the glass bottleclip_image015 nor aluminum canclip_image016 were invented yet, so while our early humans were sittingclip_image017around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery.clip_image018 That’s how villages were formed. clip_image019

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night
clip_image020while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement…
Other men
clip_image021 who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQ’sclip_image022 and doing the sewing,clip_image023 fetching, and hair dressing.clip_image024 This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.clip_image025

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. They became known as girlie-men.
clip_image026 Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats,clip_image027 the invention of group therapy, group hugs,clip_image028 and the concept of Democraticclip_image029 voting to decide how to divide the meatclip_image030 and beerclip_image031 that conservatives clip_image032provided

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant.
clip_image033 Liberals are symbolized by the jackassclip_image034 for obvious reasons.
Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine
clip_image035 or imported bottled water. They eat raw fishclip_image036 but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. clip_image037Most social workers, clip_image038personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamersclip_image039 in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitterclip_image040 rule because it wasn’t fair to make the pitcher also bat.
Conservatives drink domestic beer,
clip_image041 mostly Bud or Miller. They eat red meatclip_image042 and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big game hunters, clip_image043rodeo cowboys,clip_image044lumberjacks,clip_image045construction workers,clip_image046 firemen, medical doctors, police officers, clip_image047engineers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively.

Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.
Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America .
clip_image048 They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.
Here ends today’s lesson in world history:
It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to

angrily respond to the above before forwarding it.
A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute
truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to piss them off.
And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self… I’m going to have another beer.

First timer Sam

If you haven’t read the about page on my blog, you would wonder why this would be the first time that I toured Samuel Adams. Well for something that I’ve been enjoying since early 80’s and the reason why I have a taste for good brews why now. Let’s get deeper into the story, I am almost chosen as a stem cell donor for my oldest brother. More tests were needed, and I had to return to Boston on Wednesday For those tests. And being alone and didn’t seem like there was much to do at work. I had chosen to skip going back for a few hours. I hunted down Boston beer Works in Jamaica Plain’s and got to get in on the last tour of the day. It’s in a bunch of sprawled out brick buildings all marked in letters. Located in one of the larger ones, still it doesn’t look very big compared to some breweries I’ve been to. Even though our tour host Michael did say that they brew at two other locations in the United States. He did say though that all new and test brew batches were done here. It was a great tour with tasting of all the grains raw and smelling the hops that we rolled between our hands. With a little miss hap that happen in the brightening tanks, it sprang a leek that they took care of it. And these were the guys that you see on their website and commercials. I do believe the biggest known one with the beard is Bill he fixed the problem. At the end of the tour we got a free Sam Adams sampling glass, and got to try three of their fresh brews. First was the famous lager, then the summer ale, topped off with brick red. The tour was very good, and Michael had told us that if we went to Doyle’s and showed the stamp on our hand, that pints were four dollars and for 5 you got a souvenir glass. After finding out that the brick red was only made in kegs for tap. I had to check Doyle’s out on the ride home, and got the brick red and got the glass. While they are, I met up with someone from the tour named Denial from Texas and had a very good conversation with him. The tour was free, but they did ask for donations for their charities. I was glad to contribute a few bucks. If in the Boston area do check it out! At 30 Germania Street, Boston, MA 02130

for Sam Adam’s photos click on album below. for Doyle’s its the second one.

CBC for dinner

CBC is Cambridge brewing Company, located just outside of Boston. The wife and I had the pleasure to be able to stop in here for dinner on Monday night. The brews that I had were exceptional! From a big list of brews that they had on tap. I had chosen the Able IPA and the second one was Spring Training IPA. The Able was a little bit smoother on body and taste Belgian in style. The Spring Training was just one heck of a hop blast all over the mouth. It was so good that a growler of it came home with me. The menu is not big and prices are medium priced and they all looked very good. I had the fish and chips plate that was very good. I had a good time conversing with others on the subject of good brews and where to find them. Everyone there seemed very friendly, and the staff was great. When in Boston area do check this place out! At 1 Kendall Square, Bldg 100 Cambridge, MA 02139

See photo album below

Puerto Rico and beer

The wife and I went on a reunion- vacation to Puerto Rico March 21-28. Focusing more on her 40 year reunion, the beer hunting was slight. I did find a local brew Medalla Light. That was pretty good for a light beer and 85° temperatures we had. Also had a few Heinekens during our stay. It wasn’t till about time for us to start heading back home that I found the Ramey mini market. They had a fairly good selection of micro brews that you could find back in the states. We had arrived early for our flight back home. We decided to go across the street to the 300 lounge. Which is situated in the corner of bowling lanes? After deciding three times on brews and they check but were out of. I finally got lucky with a Maui Big Swell IPA and Harpoon Celtic Ale. Other than the cold weather and having to go back to work. It’s great to be back stateside.

P.S. most beer there was in 10oz cans and bottles!

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