Smoked beer in Bamberg, Germany

Smoked beer in Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg: the home of Aecht Schenkerla Rauchbier After quickly settling into our hotel room in Bamberg, we exited the hotel into the cool, crisp air and made our way downward toward the center of town, we passed by colorful homes, drenched in pastel yellows, oranges and blues. Under foot, the cobblestone roads massaged the feet, while ...

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Cave Creek, Arizona: The Wild West with horses and Harley’s

Cave Creek, Arizona: The Wild West with horses and Harley's

The honky tonk's in Cave Creek Welcome everybody to the Wild Wild West; or as the town of Cave Creek, Arizona would say, "Where the Wild West Lives." Although the town has become a popular weekend destination, Cave Creek remains a quiet, saw-dusty desert town, surrounded by lush Sonoran Desert and a beautiful saguaro infested Black Mountain ...

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Jazz & Alpine’s Nelson

Jazz & Alpine's Nelson

A thing of beauty...Nelson IPA live at Montreux It doesn't get a much better than this! Alpine's Nelson very well may be the best IPA in the world (don't start rolling your eyes and saying "I've heard this before). It really is that good. The strong Nelson hops leap from the glass, but the taste does ...

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De Kulminator in Antwerp, Belgium

De Kulminator in Antwerp, Belgium

A Beer Odyssey Is it possible that I've pinpointed the Holy Grail, the pied piper of beer geekdom heaven? Dare I say…the greatest bar on the planet? The recent craft beer explosion in San Diego has turned this guy into a self-admitted beer nerd, and on a recent trip to Antwerp, Belgium, I experienced a watering hole that ...

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Night of the Living Yeast

Night of the Living Yeast

Boom! An explosion rocked the warm, California night. "Good God, they're firing at us," I thought. "They're launching a grenade attack right here in my living room." I was jolted awake by the sudden blast not long after falling into a deep sleep. REM sleep was just on the horizon, so it goes without saying that ...

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Keith Richards: The soul of The Stones turns 70

Keith Richards: The soul of The Stones turns 70

Gonna find my way to heaven, 'cause I did my time in hell It was 70 years ago, in a sleepy London town that the human riff was born and rock and roll was forever changed. Keith Richards may not be the flashiest guitar player or possess the most technical ability, but it's the soul and ...

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Explore the Columbia River Gorge

Explore the Columbia River Gorge

It's not all Seattle in the Northwest...Oregon's outdoors are calling. When you think of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is most often the first city that's called to mind. After all, it's the Emerald City, and it's home to the famous fish market, a Starbucks on seemingly every corner, a beautiful downtown waterfront and a soaring Mt. ...

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Beer Hopping in Portland, Oregon

Beer Hopping in Portland, Oregon

I woke up this morning to The Hair of the Dog   (Shooter Jennings reference, see song here: HAIR OF THE DOG). Any beek geek/enthusiast will be able to tell you that Portland, OR is one of the hot spots in the country for craft beers. With over 70 breweries in the city alone, and many within walking distance, the ...

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Deer Tick gives Belly Up “The Bump”

Deer Tick gives Belly Up The Bump

  Deer Tick brings Negativity to Belly Up The five members of Deer Tick belted out the lyrics to “The Bump,” "We're full grown men, but we act like kids, we'll face the music next time we roll in," as the Belly Up crowd joined in and danced along. Their new album may be titled Negativity, but ...

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John McCauley live solo set from Newport Folk Festival

John McCauley live solo set from Newport Folk Festival

It's no surprise how much of a fan I am of John McCauley (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs, Middle Brother). Here's a fantastic audio recording from his entire solo set last week at Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Click HERE to listen! Also, included a few videos below.      

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Houndmouth: A bit of Indiana soul

April 7, 2014
Houndmouth: A bit of Indiana soul

  She’s a bit of soul and he’s a bit rock ‘n’ roll I’m not sure how I came across this band from Albany, Indiana but I sure am glad I did. Like a number of the up and coming groups that are stamped with the so-called “Indie” label, this group has that back woods, pull up a rocking chair and listen to the tales they tell about hopping trains, getting into trouble, and join them during their attempt to fill their lust for life. There’s nothing mind-blowing (so far) about Houndmouth, but it’s easy for me to say that I’m excited about them and I believe that there’s good things to come from this group. Anytime music can make you sit up, get wrapped up in beautiful guitar licks, and make you feel like you’re taking a cross-country journey in an old, smelly VW bus, it can mean nothing but good.

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Smoked beer in Bamberg, Germany

March 3, 2014
Smoked beer in Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg: the home of Aecht Schenkerla Rauchbier After quickly settling into our hotel room in Bamberg, we exited the hotel into the cool, crisp air and made our way downward toward the center of town, we passed by colorful homes, drenched in pastel yellows, oranges…

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Cats soar in McKale: crush Cal by 28

February 27, 2014
Cats soar in McKale: crush Cal by 28

Cats continue to get their groove back: beat Cal by 28 Arguably the best back-to-back games for the Cats this season. Finally after a bit of a slump, they appear to have their swagger and their grove back after stomping Cal 87-59 at McKale. Offensively,…

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