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Atlantic City Beer Fest & Giveaway!!


There aren’t many things in this world that I really love. Ok, maybe there are. But one of the things I really love in life is…BEER! I’m no beer snob tho, I like cheap beer, expensive beer, mass produced beer and little teeny craft beer. I love supporting local breweries and I find it all pretty fascinating. So, when I got a chance to go to the Atlantic City Beer Fest, I was pretty excited!

The AC Beer Fest is held at the Atlantic City Convention Center, which is pretty nice, for a convention center. The parking was sweet too. When you entered the room, you got to see a great welcome (click any picture to embiggen!):

Welcome To The Atlantic City Beer Fest!

Welcome To The Atlantic City Beer Fest!

Click the picture for the bigger view. I was super early so I hung out and watched the guys carve this out of a giant pile of sand. It was impressive!

When you go to one of these beer fests, they don’t give you a big solo cup for you to go nuts with, you’d be puking in a half hour. They give you a small glass, so that you’ll be puking in 3 hours instead. Behold!

The Tiny Glass

The Tiny Glass

Don’t let it fool you, it packs a wallop.

I Love You Magic Hat

I Love You Magic Hat

Next up I ran into the Magic Hat mobile! The guys working the booth were so cool and they offered me some of their new summer beer: Elder Betty; a berry flavored beer. It was delicious and I can’t wait to buy some! I’m a big fan of their Circus Boy as well.

Pyramid Brewers

Pyramid Brewers

Next to the Magic Hat booth was Pyramid Brewing. They are based in Northern California and have tons of different kinds of beers, both seasonal and year round. The guys manning the booth were great and their beer was some of the best stuff I have had in a long time. They are currently working on getting into my area, so here’s to hoping!

Dogfish Head!

Dogfish Head!

Some of my favorite beers come from a brewery in Delaware called Dogfish Head Brewery! The 60 minute, the 90 minute and the Punkin’ Ale are 3 of my all time favorites. I measure all Pumpkin Ales against their Punkin’. Sam and the gang really put out some quality stuff. I’m such a huge fan!

One brewer that I didn’t get a picture of but thought they had, hands down, the best beer around, was Anderson Valley Brewing. I had some of their Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale, and it blew me away. Kinda chocolately, and kinda fantastic. I can’t wait for winter again to get my hands on it (if they can get out here to PA).

Here are some pics of a few other brewers that set up shop!

Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada

B. Nektar Meadery

B. Nektar Meadery

Yes! They not only sell Mead, but it’s fantastic. I had a raspberry one that was out of this world. They are based out of Detroit. Go figure.

Blue Point Rastafar Rye

Blue Point Rastafar Rye

The Woodchuck Cider Peeps!

The Woodchuck Cider Peeps!

Flying Dog Peeps

Flying Dog Peeps

And of course there were beer related wares such as:

Beer In A Carton? Sure!!

Beer In A Carton? Sure!!

This beer in a carton thing is genius! Does it come with a straw?

Awesome Growlers

Awesome Growlers

The growlers were really beautiful. Click the picture to see how lovely the glass really looks.

Whenever you go to any kind of convention, there are always oddball things to see. This place was no different. For instance…

The Sierra Nevada Bottle and the Guinness Pint!

The Sierra Nevada Bottle and the Guinness Pint!

There is the Sierra Nevada Bottle and the dancing Guinness pint. The Guinness pint might have been more of a bust-a-move type of guy but the Sierra Nevada Bottle was just more fun.

Did I just review guys in mascot suits? Yep.

Moving on…

The WZXL Lady and me

The WZXL Lady and me

I was stuffing my face to try and soak up some of the beer in my stomach (review coming super soon!) when I was approached by the WZXL Girl. Can you guess which one is me? I bet you can’t…

Also, if you look closely, you’ll see a bunch of pretzels around my (or the ZXL girl?) neck. Yelp was there offering you a chance to put pretzels on strings for a necklace after giving them your email address. I do love pretzels…

Awesome Picture

Awesome Picture

I had to post this.

It pretty much speaks for itself.

Enjoy.

Lucy The Elephant Volunteers!

Lucy The Elephant Volunteers!

Lucy the Elephant lives in Margate, NJ. She is a giant building in the shape of an elephant. She is also 3 years older then the Statue Of Liberty and the oldest example of Zoomorphic Architecture. She is also a really cool thing that you never, ever get to see anywhere else. In order to keep Lucy up and operating, they are always looking to raise some money. Feel free to donate, visit or buy some merch to help the cause! It’s the original and outstanding work like this that makes America the Land of Originality!

The (Not) Dapper Dans

The (Not) Dapper Dans

I have no idea who these guys were, but they were very friendly and reminded me of the Dapper Dans from Disneyland.

Maybe it was the beer talking but I wanted to give them a hug!

Great T-Shirt

Great T-Shirt

And of course, this shirt, which almost made me shoot beer out of my nose.

And now the moment you have all been waiting for!


The Giveaway!!

The Giveaway!!

I got a ton of cool stuff from the brewers & Tony Boloney’s (review coming soon!!) as well as the awesome guys at Cisco Brewing!

This GIANT GIVEAWAY features:

Cisco Brewing Cotton Tote Bag
Tony Boloney’s XL Tshirt
Anderson Valley Brewing Company License Plate
Pyramid Brewers Bottle Openers & stickers
Beerfest, WZXL & Flying Dog Lanyards
Blue Moon Embroidered Patches
Sierra Nevada carabiners & pens
Chimay pin & bottle opener

As well as stickers & beers mats from:

Yards Brewing
Stone Brewing
Flying Dog Brewing
Tuckahoe Brewing
Arrogant Bastard (Stone Brewing)
Rogue brewing
Carton Brewing
Fshirt.com
Fukit
Blanche de Bruxelles
Angry Orchard (temp tattoos!)
Woodchuck Cider
Blue Point Brewing

How do I enter this awesome giveaway? Just leave a comment below before April 14th for a chance to be picked at random!

Feel free to click on the picture to really see all the great swag you can win!

Enter today!

Shore Eats


Last July I finally got to get down to the Jersey Shore. Say what you will about those twits on tv, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the shore, as well as the eats you can find there. Here are a few shots I took on my getaway.

Sausage & Mushroom Pizza from Mack and Manco's in Ocean City, New Jersey

Sausage & Mushroom Pizza from Mack and Manco's in Ocean City, New Jersey

When I get to Ocean City, my car immediately drives to Manco & Manco’s Pizza (formerly Mack and Manco’s). This place has been around since 1956 and as far as I can tell, they haven’t changed a thing. The sauce is sweet, the toppings are plentiful, and you can still watch them make every single one (drooling is optional, but usually happens anyway). The large pies are the size of a buick and the kids who work there are always right on top of things. You might have to wait a bit for a slice or a pie, but the people watching makes the time fly. My dad used to complain about the price, but let’s face it, the days of a 99 cent slice are over. You get what you pay for at Manco and Manco, and I am quite alright with that! I cannot wait to get back down there for a slice of awesome! Hit up Manco and Manco on Twitter at @MancoMancoPizza

Club Deluxe from the Vegas Diner, Wildwood, NJ

Club Deluxe from the Vegas Diner, Wildwood, NJ

I am also a sucker for a great club sandwich. In North Wildwood, there is an old school diner, complete with fun old ladies with a little attitude and a stand when you check out that sells postcards and a full range of lifesavers and gum, called The Vegas Diner. You know a diner has something going on when it was voted Best Diner 12 years running! The breakfast is awesome (and served till 3pm) but I have a soft spot for their Club Deluxe: Turkey, Ham and Swiss Cheese! A lot of times when you get a club sandwich, it’s all lettuce and tomato and slim on the meat. This thing is brimming with turkey, ham and swiss, along with some lovely fresh lettuce & tomato. They throw in some fresh coleslaw, a pickle (yeah, I ordered extra mayo, which you can see on the plate in the corner of the picture) AND a plate of fries! It couldn’t get any better if you made it yourself, and the price is quite reasonable. Quite possibly the best club sandwich I have ever had! I can’t wait to get down there this year! (PS: try the homemade desserts!)

Chocolate and Vanilla Twist from Kohr Brothers, Ocean City, NJ

Chocolate and Vanilla Twist from Kohr Brothers, Ocean City, NJ

Back to the Ocean City Boardwalk. After stuffing my face with pizza, I walk off the calories by walking towards Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard. I can take or leave most desserts for the most part. When I was a kid, I used to think water ice and popsicles were a cheap substitute for ice cream (yeah I had kind of an attitude, whatever). A step above ice cream is frozen custard and Kohr Brothers does it just right every single time. I managed to get there twice the last time I was down the shore. The first cone I got was a chocolate and vanilla twist. Smooth, creamy and chocolatey good with vanilla to smooth it out.  It’s flat out fantastic!

Chocolate & Mint Twist with Chocolate Jimmies from Kohr Brothers, Ocean City, NJ

Chocolate & Mint Twist with Chocolate Jimmies from Kohr Brothers, Ocean City, NJ

I also like to take have a different kind of custard sometimes, beyond the chocolate and vanilla. This time I went with the chocolate and mint twist. Awesome minty flavor and chocolate fantasticness. Of course to take this monstrosity to the next level, I had the thing covered in chocolate jimmies. Some people call them sprinkles. Those people would be wrong. They have always been jimmies and they always will be jimmies. And they will always be the perfect way to top a delicious dessert involving ice cream. Some people go for rainbow jimmies. I can take them or leave them, but chocolate jimmies, well, they rule all.

So now that winter is slowly crawling to the finish line, these tasty summer foods are waiting for me and you, to help your getaway make it’s way to legendary status. Come see them, they will be happy to help out!

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