Tuesday, September 16, 2014

End of Summer Picks

End of Summer Picks

Whether the end of Summer means back to school, a new quarter at work, or just a change of seasons, here are a few picks of mine to get you through the last couple of warm weeks.

Jacket - David Beckham's Belstaff
Book - Janet Guthrie (One Badass Lady) A Life at Full Throttle
Shoes - Clarks Trigenic Flex
Sunglasses - Frank Aruban Tortoiseshell
Logo - Barclay's Premier League
Beer - Goes well with^^^ - Terrapin Hi-5 IPA
Donuts - Federal Donuts
Shirt - Popover Twill Shirt
Proper Hand Cream - C.O. Bigelow
Bag - Mission Workshop's The Vandal
Camera - Leica D-LUX 6 Digital Camera (Matte Black)
School Gear - TI 84 Silver and Staedtler Pencils

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Beer Review (34): Terrapin Hi-5 IPA

BreweryTerrapin Beer Company | Beer: IPA | Beer Advocate Score: 88 Abv: 5.9%

It's about mid-September and I know you're probably focused on Oktoberfest/Märzen brews, but before you turn your back on the IPAs, give Terrapin Hi-5 IPA a go.  It has a nice, light citrusy taste and a semi-frothy mouth feel (how do ya like that?).Terrapin is a brewery out of Athens, Georgia and has been brewing since 2002.  

They also took home the Bramwell Ocktoberfest Award for their Rye Pale Ale so you really can't go wrong, you know?!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Trigenic - Clarks Reinvented

Hold onto your hats, Clark's wearing traditionalists.  For those that are true to the Desert Boot and Wallabee traditional styles, turn away.  While there have definitely been a lot of new takes on the Deserts and Wallabees (ome good, some plain ugly), I really like the direction Trigenic is taking.  A fresh reinterpretation of the classics yields a modern silhouette and comfortable vibram details.  I'll take one in every color, thank you.

At Clarks, the moccasin is a well celebrated construction method taken from our Wallabee. The goal with Trigenic was to harness the constructional knowledge Clarks has and apply it to an athletic silhouette, replacing the traditional Strobel construction, which is commonly found on most athletic shoes. - Sneaker Freaker (Trigenic)

For more about the shoe and words from the designer, check out the full article over at Sneaker Freaker, here.

What do you think about the design?  Or is there a collaboration or iteration of the Desert or Wallabee you like even more than Trigenic?  

Friday, September 12, 2014

A boat is a boat is a bo...guest house!

Two Swedish designers, Anders Berensson and Ulf Mejergren, of visiondivision bring us Guest Harbor. What is Guest Harbor and how did it start?  Well, according to their website, "In Sweden there are now a new building code that allows a home owner to build a 25m2 (270 square feet) additional house on their premise without a building permit. These buildings are called Attefallshus, named after the Swedish minister of housing Stefan Attefall."  

Sweden has a very rich boating culture with over 800,000 registered vessels in the country, which means a density of boats that is among the highest per capita in the world.

Restore and reuse what once was.  There's plenty of thought and a touch of whimsy behind this idea.  The very nature is perfectly in tune with showcasing Sweden's prized possessions of the past  and highlighting cultural treasures that once were.  Click here to learn more about Guest Harbor.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Beer Review (33): Firestone Pivo Pils

BreweryFirestone Walker Brewing Co. | Beer: German Pils | Beer Advocate Score: 88 Abv: 5.3%

A refreshingly nontraditional German pilsner from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. A pils with just enough hoppy bite to confuse the senses and everything you thought you knew a pilsner could be.  For me, I like a light and crisp pilsner on a hot summer day.  This hoppier version was unlike anything I'd tasted before and was a welcomed change.  I highly suggest giving it a try next time you see it on the shelf!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

All the Gear Ever Kind of Posts

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Love Nick's Sticks

Photo courtesy of Nick's Sticks Facebook page

So what are they, you ask?  They are "All-natural Grass Fed beef & pasture raised turkey snack sticks made with organic seasoning. Raised by farmer Nick Wallace."  And the best thing about them?  They don't have any scary additives or hard-to-pronounce-fillers.  Nick's Sticks are perfectly spiced, easy to transport, great after working out, and down right easy to get your hands on.

I got a personal supply of them today!  YAY

Monday, August 18, 2014

Adirondacks, NY - Camping and Fishing Trip

View from the lean to

Trail leading from the camp to shore

Early AM fishing

Looking up!

Towing us over a canoe

The rope swing

Pretty lily pads

Canoe making a shadow and underwater view

Out on black pond

Apple and Banana pancakes

Paul Smith's VIC trails

St. Regis River Fishing

Pulled in a big small mouth bass

Calm before the storm
Mid-July my family and I headed north to the Adirondacks in New York state.  Paul Smith's college is unique in that the campus is right in the center of the Adirondack State Park.  My dad is an alum so we go back every year to camp, fish, cook over the fire, and connect with nature.  This is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been and I would highly recommend visiting or camping if you can.  On the final evening, once everyone else in the family headed home in their separate vehicles, my dad and I went to Lake Placid for some local beer and prime rib.  Not too shabby!