Engineering A Summer Cocktail

As a budding alcohol enthusiast, I went through a real phase of cocktail experimentation and enjoyment in my mid-20s, doing my damndest to visit all the best cocktail bars that New York City has to offer. I can say from experience that there are a lot of them, and plenty of them are very good. Plenty of them, are kind of whatever. And nothing stings more than paying $14-18 for a drink that’s just okay.

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Re-Creating Aunt Kathy's Maryland Crab Soup

Every summer growing up, my family took a week-long vacation to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where one of the highlights, since I can remember, has been my Aunt Kathy's Maryland crab soup. Among our many other family traditions of happy hour at the beach, boardwalk games, ice cream cones, and bike rides, no beach week was complete without one night's dinner being a good ol'-fashioned crab feast, hon. We'd all sit around with corn on the cob, cold beers, and lots of paper towels to engage in Maryland's most famous tradition of crab picking and claw cracking, knowing that while the crabs were certainly fun and delicious, the crab soup that came the day after was the final reward.

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Brews & Views in Iceland for Kex Beer Fest

Let's be honest: Facebook is mostly trash. But every now and then, the algorithm does you right and you see "The Annual Icelandic Beer Festival" pop up in your feed. The name of the event alone combined three things I love (Iceland + beer + festival) so with only about 4 weeks notice we bought some plane tickets, booked some accommodations, and we were on our way. 

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A South Brooklyn Brewery Crawl

A good brewery is no longer hard to find in New York City, if you're willing to leave Manhattan. Within the last decade, dozens of small and not-so-small breweries have popped up within city limits. Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx are rife with spots to drink the day away under the guise of your "craft beer hobby" or "beer tourism." In fact, there are so many breweries to choose from in NYC that it can be a little bit overwhelming deciding which ones to hit, and in what order, especially if you're in town for a limited time. 

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Beer Of The Year! 2017!

It's the first annual Beer Of The Year post! In which I share with you my favorite beer from 2017. It doesn't have to be a new beer, just the one I liked the best, which is to say, I ordered and drank it many times over. Which I don't usually do.

And now that you're on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what lucky brew is the recipient of the distinguished award I, a nobody, have just made up, without further ado, I present...

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