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Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Wow! What a way to start my trip to New York City!

So I get in late Tuesday night and of course after flying clear across the country, I’m whipped. But at least on the layover in Atlanta, I managed to enjoy several Sweetwater brews. So Wednesday started off a little slow and since it was raining outside, I didn’t get out too much except in between rain showers to walk the neighborhood I was staying in (Lower Manhattan, westside) and have some coffee at a cool cafe.

That night though, it was on! I had made plans to meet some of the local beer geeks at Rattle N Hum, a cool Irish pub with a great beer selection. So we meet there around 6 and start out with some pints. Already, I know this is gonna be good. The tap list has Brooklyn Brewery, Southern Tier, Sixpoints (who I didn’t know at the time) and many more that I could not get in LA. Seth from Beer Nation was there, as was Lee Williams (aka Hoptopia) and his girlfriend Stevie. I started the night with the Sixpoints Bengali Tiger, a very nice IPA and we were just getting started.

The party really got rolling when Rattle N Hum bar owner Patrick Donagher joined us. He brought out some bottles of various East & West coast stuff including some Russian River, Alpine, Lost Abbey, Southern Tier, Captain Lawrence, Brooklyn, Cigar City and more. I had a few bottles that I brought to share including a Bluegrass Brewing Co Bourbon Barrel Stout, a 1993 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and some Pliny the Elder. Plus, I traded suitcases full of beer with Lee so there was beer all around and it was all amazing stuff!

The fun lasted late into the night and we even did a “Beers With…” segment with Patrick. It was an amazing first night in New York and I can’t wait for more!

Taking a trip… to New York City!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I am finally doing it! For years I have wanted to visit New York City and the stars have finally aligned and made it possible. I leave tomorrow for what I expect to be an amazing week of checking out all the touristy stuff like The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium, the 9/11 Memorial and so much more. And I totally plan to buy one of those touristy “I heart NY” shirts. Because I will be a tourist and I’m gonna own it! icon wink Taking a trip... to New York City!

Plus, I will be hitting some of the best craft beer spots in NY and meeting some amazing beer people. On my beer list are Rattle N Hum, Barcade, Brooklyn Brewery, Gingerman, Blind Tiger and more. I can’t wait to meet some of my Twitter peeps like @Hoptopia, @BasicallyRed and Seth from @BeerNationShow.

I will do my best to update the blog when I can and show you all how much fun I am having. I can’t wait!!!