Within The Brewin’: Within The Ruins’ Joe Cocchi Opens Brewery

Occasionally my penchant for beer and metal join forces and I write for Metal Insider.










Lots of bands collaborate with breweries on beers, but it is not that often that a band opens up a brewery. Massachusetts metalcore band Within The Ruins is changing the game. Guitarist Joe Cocchi started Tin Bridge Brewing with his brother and a few friends and family, and they are starting to make themselves known to the public.

Read the full article here.


BeerCamp Campaign 2012

Well all the elections have ended. Unfortunately, I did not win the campaign for Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2012. However, I had a BLAST making this video and I think you should all check it out anyway! It was shot at my house in Connecticut, and The Outer Space beer bar.

Vote Now Beer This! BeerCamp2012

Election season is coming, but not just the presidential one. I am in the running to go to Sierra Nevada’s annual BEERCAMP! With a little help from my friend The Duke Of Hurl, I made a wonderful little film that I hope will get me there. If I win, I get to make beer in California (on my birthday, no less!) and you may find it next year at your favorite local bars and package stores!

Check it out by clicking the lovely flyer below and cast your vote for Now Beer This!

Video And A Pint: Dinosaur Jr. “Watch The Corners”/Sierra Nevada Tumbler

Here’s a part of Now Beer This where I’ll post a new video and a new beer I’ve recently tasted. Not necessarily trying for pairings here, just cool new stuff.

Today we have the new one from Dinosaur Jr.’s upcoming album, I Bet On Sky. The video features Tim Heidecker, of Tim And Eric and Tom Goes To The Mayor. The song rocks, with a darker, heavy riff to it. Adding to the darkness of the sound is the video. When I heard Tim Heidecker was involved, I was expecting to laugh or be grossed out, preferably both. But the video for “Watch The Corners” is just well done, and proves Heidecker doesn’t have to be weird to make something cool. But just in case, I’m going to post a weird Tim And Eric skit too.

The new beer for today is the 2012 Sierra Nevada Tumbler, which I  just tried yesterday. It’s a nice, deep amber colored brown ale. Perfect for the cooler autumn days ahead. Tumbler is made with Challenger and Yakima Goldings hops. It’s got a little smokiness, some toffee flavor on the taste. For a fall offering that’s not pumpkin-related, it’s a pretty solid brew. Although compared to some of my favorite brown ales (such as one of my own home brews or  a humble Newcastle), it does fall a little short in my opinion.