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Beers At The Kitchen Table 2 – Extreme Beer Fest Edition

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It’s time (finally) for the second coming of the TapHappyAdventures Beers At The Kitchen Table podcast! This time we have a special Extreme Beer Fest edition with a synopsis of the weekend and a rundown of our #EBF2015 experience. In this episode, which clocks in around a half hour or so, I’ll discuss my trip, from snow threatening sabotage to our Extreme Beer Fest experience (with a trip to Night Shift Brewing in between.)

Step on in and spend a half hour with me while I drink beer and recount the experience that was Extreme Beer Fest 2015, TapHappyAdventures style!

Enjoy!

And, as always, until next time, keep Adventuring!

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Beers at the Kitchen Table Podcast – Episode 1 – National Peanut Butter Day

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As someone who may or may not have (most likely have) eaten a metric f%#& ton of peanut butter in my day I was amazed to find out that today is National Peanut Butter Day. Yup, totally a thing. Did you know it was a thing? If you said yes you are either a liar or someone else told you. Or are you the one who told everyone?!

Just go listen to this, the first ever published (but not recorded) TapHappyAdventures Beers at the Kitchen Table Podcast. In it I drink a Terrapin Liquid Bliss in honor of National Peanut Butter Day and babble on about peanut butter facts and beer. Come for the beer, stay for a Jimmy Carter life check.

Enjoy!

And, as always, until next time, keep Adventuring!

Brooklyn Blast Now Available in 12oz Bottles

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We remember the first time we here at TapHappyAdventures first tried Brooklyn Blast. It was way back in 2006 at the first ever NY Brewfest on the South Street Seaport. It was mind blowing and delicious then (when I believe it was just a fledgling little youngster trying to claw it’s way into people’s hearts and livers) and it is delicious now. We here are psyched that we can take the Blast home and not have to trek to Brooklyn Bowl or our local watering hole to imbibe! What’re you waiting for?!?! GO GET SOME!

Click here for the official Brooklyn Brewery release from their blog.

Happy Adventuring!

The 21st Amendment, A Celebration.

*Feel free to read the following in your head in Morgan Freeman’s voice. You know you want to and you know it makes it (and everything) better.

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*Four score ago, on this date, something happened. It was monumental, gigantorous, mui importante. On December 5, 1933 the 21st Amendment was ratified. Thus the 18th Amendment, the worst amendment ever known to man as it is called around here, ended. Prohibition was no more. We had won. Beer was to flow freely in the streets once more, and not the 3.2% iteration as approved by the Cullen Harrison act in March of 1933 but full pre-Prohibition beer. After almost 14 years (the 18th Amendment was ratified on January 17, 1920) of back room bars, bathtub gin, and secret homemade spirits the time had come for booze to be legal again. History had been made, but not only in the re-legalization of alcohol and spirits, for the 21st Amendment itself was historical.

For you see, in the US Constitution there are two methods allowing for the ratification of a new amendment. One, the state ratifying convention, had never before been used but on this day, 80 years ago, it was. It has never been used since. The 21st Amendment is also the only one to ever repeal another amendment, therefore making it doubly, nay, triply historic. Despite being ratified 80 years ago today it did not go into effect until 10 days later, December 15, 1933. Despite this it has been said that people were openly drinking in the streets in celebration as soon as they heard the news. We know we would’ve been.

Isn’t history fun, Adventurers? Below is a photo of the amendment as it was introduced to Congress a year before it’s ratification, on December 5th, 1932. Click to zoom. We encourage everyone to go read up on their beer history on the anniversary of such an historic day.

Til next time, happy adventuring!

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When A Beer Fest is Worth It (Hint, Hint….)

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Right on the heels of our last post (kind of) condemning the modern beer fest we have one that seems to be worth it. This one comes in at $39 for general admission and 3 hours of tasting. For a $20 upgrade you can get that extra hour bumping it to 4. The lineup isn’t as strong as some others when it comes to rare finds or exotic beers but it does include a good amount of ciders as well as 12 wineries (12!!!) Plus, a beer fest is a beer fest nonetheless, right?

Reminds me of the good old days (you can’t see it but I’m reminiscing in my rocking chair, the opposite of shaking my fist.) Add in the wineries and ciders and it makes it easier to find a fest companion who may not be as into beer as you or is just looking for a basic intro into the world of craft beer. Finally, location wise, it is right off almost every major subway line around Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. What’s not to like? Come join TapHappyAdventures (we’ll be there at the Saturday night VIP session) for some beers and good times! 

Want to get in the game? Go check out the beer list at the link above and tell us which ones you’re excited to try. Hit us up on Twitter or Instagram and show us your tastes. We can’t wait to get our tasting glasses filled with Saranac Rudy’s Spiced Christmas Ale and Schlafly Oatmeal Stout. What about you?

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TapHappyAdventures’ Response to Climbing Brewfest Prices and Crowds

Brewfests. They continue to grow in popularity making them bigger and better. With the pros, however, come the cons. For with the ever expanding beer lists and brewery participants come the expanding crowds, longer waits in line, and, the big one, the enormous jump in price. If you’ll put on your old curmudgeonly hat right now you can join us in shaking our fist and yelling how we remember the good old days!

We remember our first brewfest, the now defunct NY Brewfest at the South Street Seaport all the way back in 2006. What a glorious event it was, taking place on a warmish September Friday evening by the water. Back in my day I believe entry was ~$40 for 4 hours of all you can drink deliciousness and live music in tandem with Q104.3. Good times were had by all and many a craft beer was consumed (even in the torrential downpour at brewfest 3.0.) The price went up a little each year for the next two culminating in a $55 price tag for what would be the final (and horrendously disastrous) NY Brewfest on Governors Island. This ticket included 4 and a half hours of drink time (!!!) and free shuttle service on the Governors Island ferry on top of the usual commemorative tasting glass. For an extra $20, $75 total, you could upgrade to the  Connoisseur’s Pass, upgrading your drinking time to 5 and a half hours and a fancier tasting glass.*

Fast forward to the current day and you’ve got festivals like NYC Craft Beer Festival** which usually holds 4 events per year, one for each season. The last one we attended, Summer Jazz, which took place at Webster Hall in NYC, was, as you can see in the attached picture, Untitled, was $65 for early bird, $75 for Advance, and $85 at the door for the VIP. What it doesn’t show is that the VIP is now only 3 and a half hours and the regular entry only 2 and a half, a far cry from the old days. Commence fist shaking. Once they let us in a good number of the breweries weren’t ready to pour yet and some people weren’t even set up at all. Halfway through the VIP hour the lines started to get long, waits increased for beer and the bathroom, and it became harder to move around in general. We left after about 2 hours because of the massive crowd clogging up every path. To us, it had finally jumped the shark and just wasn’t worth it anymore.

Now we can remove our old curmudgeonly hats and put on our innovative creative hats. Seeing the hassle that now comes with these brewfests we decided to have our own fest, or beerfriendst if you will, at one of our houses. Everyone was to bring a couple six packs of something they have never had or that looked interesting or a package of mixed singles if they were lucky enough to live near a place that sold them. Beer was refrigerated and great times were had by all. This way we could not only avoid lines and high prices but also control our own speed of drinking and level of drunkenness while also being able to better enjoy the company of friends. No rushing from booth to booth to try and beat a line or chugging down a beer because you wanted to get the next one before it kicked. While this isn’t an original idea nor the first time anyone has done this we felt accomplished and satisfied.

We ended up sampling 21 different beers amongst our small group, a resounding success. We look forward to the next one!

For a complete list of the beers that we sampled you can click here or check us out on Tumblr or Instagram. You can also stay up to date on TapHappy goings on on Twitter and Untappd.

*http://rocksoff.com/new-york-brewfest-0

**http://nyccraftbeerfest.com/

TapHappyAdventures has arrived!

Welcome, everyone, to the beginning of something. I’d like to sit here and tell you it will be something special, or momentous, or any other amount of adjectives and descriptors, however, I can only be honest. Here at TapHappyAdventures the goal is just to explore the world of beer for everyone, from the beginner who just discovered something other than Bud Light to the aficionados and foamheads who know it all. Hopefully this will be something you’ll enjoy and follow. Join us on our quest.

For now, we will try to keep the blog updated as often as possible but that takes time, effort, and could cost hundreds of lives. In the meantime you can check us out on Twitter and Instagram (@TapHappyAdv), follow us on Tumblr (TapHappyAdventures.tumblr.com), or leave now and miss out on the opportunity to get in on the ground floor and be able to say you were there from the beginning.

Whatever you may choose, we present to you, TapHappyAdventures!!Image

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