Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beer Review (36 & 37): Stoudts Pumpkinfest & Uinta Punk'n

(1) BreweryStoudts Brewing Co. Beer: Pumpkin Lager | Beer Advocate Score: 80 Abv: 4.5%

Stoudts Brewing Company is a Pennsylvania brewery located in Adamstown.  They have a pretty solid selection of beers and I cannot remember disliking any one in particular.  The Pumpkin Lager is new to their lineup and a fairly nice beer.  I enjoyed it very much, but wasn't overly impressed. There are just bigger pumpkin players out there.  I must be spoiled by the Elysian Night Owl, my favorite so far.

(2) BreweryUinta Brewing | Beer: Pumpkin Ale | Beer Advocate Score: 76 Abv: 5.0%

I think this was my first Uinta beer, ever!  It's not a local brewery and calls SLC, Utah home.  I'd drink it again, but again, not blown away by sweetness or spice--not much there.  Anyone out there have a different opinion on this one?

There are many, many more pumpkin beers to share on here!  I've been busy!  Do you have a favorite pumpkin variety?

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Shore Line Featuring Chris Akrigg

Here we have Chris Akrigg, bike extraordinaire,  taking on the sandy shore aboard Mongoose's fat bike, Argus.  Check out a little different bike action than you may be used to. Hit play.

Check out his Vimeo page and get hooked.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Logcabineer Website


One of my absolute favorite corners of the web, Logcabineer, has recently received quite a facelift.  Though I did enjoy the extremely simple layout of the old site, this is an absolute beautiful update. If you've never been to the site, prepare yourself for some exquisite photography. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gifts for Men from UnCommonGoods

Gifts for Men, Dads, and Husbands from UnCommonGoods

A new #roundup of goods coming your way this month.  I like to plan ahead for the holidays and think through some of the gifts for various folks in my life.  So this year UnCommonGoods has really been a huge help.  They're an online retailer cataloging products from all kinds of designers, crafters, makers, small companies and other sources from all walks of life.  For every purchase made, UnCommonGoods is committed to donating $1 to the non-profit of your choice.   Learn more about their Better to Give program

What we have here is a little gift guide for the dads, husbands, or men in your life.  Guys who care about quality.  For the men who aren't afraid to hop on their long boards and grab a pack of beer on a Wednesday night, click here for gifts right up their alley.  For dads who aren't afraid to keep the annuals and perennials going strong in the garden you can start your search here.  And for the husband who is putting the final design touches on his garage or den, check out some of the best products to keep his cave looking cool.

For the men in your life who deserve a little extra, get 'em something good.

Long Boards
Great Lakes Topo Art
Fire Hose Tool Roll
Glass Guitar Picks
Terra Time Watch
Record Clock
Steampunk Coffee Mill
Upcycled Handlebar Bag
Kozo Pipe Lamp
Sommelier Beer Glasses
Birch Handle Potting Scoop

Monday, October 13, 2014

Moomin by Tove Jansson

Moomin book 1

 Moomin by Tove Jansson

Moomin by Tove Jansson

Moomin is the brainchild of the late Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson.  She released her first Moomin book in 1945 and received commercial success a year later with the release of Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll.

Moomin is a very popular series in Scandinavian countries.  Who couldn't love the adorable Moomin creatures, Sniff, Snufkin, Moominpappa, Moominmamma, Moomintroll, Grok and all of the other characters brought to life throughout the comic series?  Moomin's success was followed by TV series and films, stop-motion films and much more.  The Moomin's have been brought to life in many different ways and I can't wait to get even nerdier about it!  Bjork even lent her vocals to "The Comet Song," featured exclusively for the 3D-movie Moomins and the Comet Chase.  Check out music video and song here.

Alrighty, back to my pumpkin-spiced coffee and Moomin...

The Official Moomin Site, here.

*EDIT:  Season 1, Ep. 1"Spring in Moomin Valley."  (I may be getting carried away)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beer Review (35): Saranac Our Legacy IPA

Saranac Our Legacy IPA
Brewery: Saranac Brewing Co.Beer: IPA | Beer Advocate Score: 85 Abv: 6.5%

Last July we packed up our canoe and headed out to a lean-to on a peninsula off of Lower St. Regis Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State.  Like years past, we thought it only natural to stock up on local beers and keep them ice cold in the cooler all weekend.

Here we have Saranac's Our Legacy IPA fresh from the Coleman ice box.  It has a clean and crisp bite to it and gets better as it breathes.  Floral and toffee tones combined to form one of the better IPAs I had this summer.  Not a showstopper, but definitely not one to be overlooked.  Could surely be a regular in the fridge.  Wouldn't overshadow your food and would compliment any fishing trip well.  Mostly, this for sure is a camping beer, so go get out there!

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