I’m not a beer reviewer. I’m not a foodie or a food critic. I’m just a guy who’s scratching the surface in photography and enjoys sharing his favorite experiences with beer and food through the lens. While I post mostly the good experiences, occasionally I’ll share the really awful ones that are worth the read.
I live in the barren wasteland of good beer and food that is the Capital Region in Upstate New York. There are bloggers in my area that are on a crusade to change the way things are here to better suit their liking. I’m not that patient. I spend my weekends and days off in my turbodiesel VW wagon with my completely understanding (mostly) girlfriend Elise and my 2 year old Shiba Inu, Kuma, looking for the best breweries, bars and restaurants traveling the Northeast has to offer. In an ideal world, someday we’ll have a trailer and travel the whole country doing the same.
I absolutely love craft beer. And I’ve had about a 1000 unique brews since starting this blog back in January 2012. I’m not looking to try every single beer in the world, I’m just looking to try the best ones breweries have to offer, and I’ll drive a good 4-5 hours away for the right beer, too.
I’m fairly active on BeerAdvocate. I go to most of their larger events, I post on the Mid-Atlantic and New England forums often enough. I do some light beer trading and have been involved with a couple of BIFs. I hold regular bottle shares at my place with my drinking crew and of course any BA or craft beer fan reading this is welcome to come share some beer, just don’t show up to my house empty handed.
I started my craft beer life with typical the Magic Hat and Long Trail mix packs, then moved on to swinging nuts from Ommegang and any other style of Belgian beer I could get my hands on. After that was stouts and porters, then barrel aged beers and next finding the biggest, palate-wrecking DIPAS available in the Northeast. Now I’m on a sour kick and who knows where I’ll go from here.
That said, I’m not afraid to drink shit beer. I’m not going to play drinking games with Old Rasputin or anything (although I did that once with vodka, it was a rough night/next morning). I try to stay away from BMC even when I’m drinking shit beer, and tend to go for the lowest, bottom of the shelf-est beers I can get my hands on.
I am not a homebrewer and I generally don’t have a taste for homebrew. I’m at the point with my palate where having drank so many outstanding $30+ bottles of beer, homebrew just tastes so obviously like homebrew it really detracts from the experience for me. That said, I’m currently a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, am looking to mature my palate where I can become a BJCP judge and give homebrewers a fair shot.
I promise to never use the word “imbibe” on this blog.
I’m a carnivore at heart. I eat just about any kind of meat you throw on my plate (even the weird ones) and I absolutely love it. I despise vegans and vegetarians, and I do not support businesses that serve only vegan and vegetarian dishes. That may seem odd or rude to you, but I look at it this way: I wouldn’t go to a bar that only serves Bud and Coors, why would I go to a restaurant that only serves fake meat? No thanks.
That said, on the extreme opposite side of things bacon does not belong on everything. There plenty of other great things you can do with pork belly and there are plenty of other cuts from the pig that are just as delicious.
I’m a chili head, to an extent. I’m not going out of my way to eat a Trinidad Moruga Scorpion or anything, but I enjoy a nice burn and am definitely satisfied when a meal leaves me with a bead of sweat on my forehead, a runny nose and shedding a few tears.
As I said earlier, I am not a foodie and I’m not a food critic. I am not going to criticize a meal just because it doesn’t hit the current foodie buzz words. And I think that 99% of the people on Yelp have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. I will eat a McRib just as easily as I’ll sit down to a $100 a plate dinner.
So what’s the point?
I don’t have an agenda. I’m not trying to change the world. I intend for this to be a beer, food, and travel guide for those for you readers that are as excited about great beer and delicious fools as I am and are looking for just the right place to find it.