I was recently the guest on The Pitch Group, a podcast under The Hard Times umbrella for contributing writers. It was a lot of fun chatting with the dudes Eric and Pat walking down memory lane. Kinda makes me feel like I’m still punk. Give it a listen here.
A lot of time and effort went into the redesign and launch of my company’s new website, but it’s finally here. This is the second launch I have been a part of in my almost 7 years at the company, and the first one I can say I am actually proud of. Click through and look around if you want to learn about a mechanical engineering membership organization or read some articles on the topic.
I’m not sure I can sustain making this list for too much longer. I try way too many different beers and refuse to document most of them (if ONLY some sort of app existed to make documenting beers easy and efficient). This list was by far the toughest to compile yet. I know, I know, I say that every year; but as Larry Miller exclaimed in his classic bit… this time, I mean it. This year saw me travel to some great new breweries (Jester King, Suarez, Alchemist, Foam, and Aruba’s very own Fireson!), as well as venture back to some old favorites (J. Wakefield, Hill Farmstead, Cape May).
Last year, I went to Tennessee Tech University to document an engineering conference. Specifically, me and a colleague were charged with creating a web mini-series based around a student design competition. Click the image above or here to view the videos.
As 2017 shows itself out the door like a houseguest that’s overstayed it’s welcome, it’s time for one of my favorite exercises of the year. I have to say, last year’s list was much easier to compile. I definitely drank a ton of good beers this year, so I can’t really tell if the average quality of the beers I drank went up to the point that there were no standouts, or if 2016 was just a whale-hunting type of year. I did manage to get to some high-profile breweries this year again, including but not limited to: Cigar City, J. Wakefield, Bearded Iris, and the holy grail… Hill Farmstead, who honestly could have all 5 spots on this list if I was lazy (luckily I’m not). Either way, it was fun going through photos, jotting down names, being reminded of a certain beer or experience or hangout session or bottle share, and putting it into words. Here goes.
This month marks the 10 year anniversary of October 2007; one of the most pivotal moments of my life. I was 10 months into my first job out of college, one that I got by replying to a Craig’s List ad. When you applied for jobs on Craig’s List in 2006, they rarely gave you any indication as to what the industry you’d be interviewing for, let alone the company. All you got was a randomly generated email address that would reply to your submission, which is exactly what I got 11 months earlier in December 2006. I went to the interview dressed in a brand new suit and power tie (both college graduation gifts), to make sure I put forth the best impression. The intimidating office building two blocks south of Columbus Circle had a ground level with a ceiling of at least 100 feet high (</hyperbole>), and when I got up to the right floor, there was an odd feeling to my surroundings. It was at this moment that a short, unassuming Korean man with glasses approached me wearing sneakers, jeans and a polo and deadpanned “Jesus, I feel like I’m getting audited.” This was my introduction to Sam Frank.
Episode 6 features my good buddy Scott Brennan, host of comedy nights in NJ and the Verbal Shenanigans podcast. We discuss brewery crushes, the growing beer and comedy scene, and our craft beer Mount Rushmore. Tons of fun in this one!