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  1. I'm trying to watch this game 7 at a bar, and some scumbag has been lecturing his buddy about everything he thinks he knows about beer. sh!t drives me crazy.
  2. I stood up for the Sens throughout the last two series. A few of you threw out the "steamroll" term to describe how Pittsburgh was going to do through this series. And while I knew it would be competitive, I wouldn't have guessed the Sens would be one bounce away from winning the east.
  3. I love it. With all the damn parity in hockey we're lucky it's not a coin flip every year. I want the record books to be a reflection of the great teams of the eras, not 30 teams in 30 years.
  4. Yea everyone freaked out about that and pulled out of a big festival they were hosting. Can't blame people for taking the money, honestly. They were probably barely getting by a handful of years ago, and AB probably wrote them a check to retire on along with the opportunity to keep running their brewery. I definitely try to support independent breweries wherever I can, but I get it. Everyone does. The thing about beer styles is there's so much ambiguity. Styles are based on history, culture, and sometimes base ingredients that can be the backbone to very different tasting beers. A pale ale is really anything made with pale malts. They can have the highest ibu possible, and technically fall in. On the other hand, black ipas are not pale ales at all, and are closer to stouts and porters than anything. Pilsner malt is just another pale malt, and pilsners are just a very specific pale lager. And the difference between Dortmunder export and pilsner? Where they're brewed. Ferment piss and call it whatever you want. Right now, I just want beers that are true to traditional styles. I want simple single or double hopped ipas, basic brown and amber ales, pale ales, I'll even jump into the right lager or fruit beer that's no bullsh!t. I'm falling back on things like Torpedo, Genesee Cream (yea crucify me, it's $12 a 30 pack but it's crushable and delicious), a few of the beers my brewery makes (we do very basic craft for the most part), Dale's Pale, Red Fish. Man get me a beer. It's never too early in this industry.
  5. Yea New Jersey is finally getting over the craft hump. I wish I had the capital and know-how to get a brewery off the ground in NJ, because we're about to be as saturated as most other states already are. I was at the AC beer fest, and I hadn't heard of a chunk of the NJ brewers that were there. AB is cut-throat in terms of going after space in retail locations and going after the craft scene. They are brutal on their distributors in terms of sales goals and signage/display expectations. They only acquire craft brands to increase their visibility and coverage. Some smaller breweries will absolutely get buried in a major distributor with AB or Miller-Coors in the portfolio. The brewery I work for is out of one of the biggest distributors in the country in my territory, and unless we release something sexy, I'm pretty much selling our products myself, because our distributor's reps are dealing with Miller-Coors, Yunegling, Sam Adams, Modelo (which is blowing up), Sierra Nevada. As far as Sam Adams, Jim whatever his last name is is a marketing guru. Even still, they grab a lot of macro drinkers because they market themselves as a tiny, craft brewery, and their beers are marginally better and slightly higher priced than macro. People don't know any better. In the mean time, Boston Beer isn't all that far behind a Miller-Coors. The thing about craft breweries is that they hire as few people as possible, and make those people that they do hire to wear as many hats as possible. A lot of breweries close, but there aren't many that grow too big too fast. Most breweries just serve out of their own tasting rooms for years before they even consider distribution. The business side of the industry is actually a lot of fun. I'd love to be able to own or manage a bottle shop one day.
  6. You know the guy? Wasn't Gary Thorne the one who claimed on the air that Curt Schilling's bloody sock was paint or ketchup or something?
  7. Trust me, you're preaching to the choir with beer snobs. You'd be shocked how many people think it's ok to tell you how bad the beer from your brewery is, and half of those people just memorized BA vocabulary and think they know all there is. The point of beer went from pure enjoyment to a pissing contest. I used to buy two 6 packs at a time, get something new and something I know I like, but I never do that anymore. I only try new things at bars to avoid just that, wasting money on niche beers I'll end up hating. And thankfully, most craft bars will sample stuff for you before you get a full pint.
  8. It's brought up more than weekly during the season, it's not just something to keep moving during the off-season. The broadcast team gets more heat than the guys playing the game.
  9. I don't know what you're feeling a year later, but mostly what I'm getting here is that you've settled on what you like, and that's fine. There is absolutely a saturation point, and we might have hit that, but at the same time, something like 70-80% of beer drinkers aren't drinking craft in this country, and there's a huge market left to go after. With the culture of beer drinking, everyone still wants to try new and funky things, especially with people on apps like Untappd, and all people want to do is try something new. Right now, sours and goses are all the rage. I work in craft beer sales, and everywhere I go, that's what people are asking for. Next year it'll be something different, and a handful of breweries will innovate, and the rest will keep up. Most will put stuff out trying to jump on the bandwagon of the month, it won't sell, and they'll shift their brewing capacity elsewhere. Craft beer certainly is not a bubble, and with the explosion of the local trend, more and more small operations are becoming sustainable at the expense of AB Inbev, MillerCoors, and the largest craft breweries. I've personally gotten tired of beer experimentation to some extent myself. I don't like super heavy beers much anymore. I rarely drink barley wines, triples, heavy ales, imperials. I'm enjoying the classics more and more. But there's no impending doom to craft beer, not by a long shot.
  10. Cool article from Tom talking about game 7 between the Sens and Devils as his favorite playoff memory. I remember that night so well. I was 10 and my grandmother shuttled me on a trip that night up to New England. We stopped at a deli in Connecticut at watched the first period, and when we got where we were going, I had to sit on front of a tv for what felt like ages trying to catch the score on ESPN. I had a terrible feeling about that one, it just seemed like fate after the Senators' rally from down 3-1. My grandmother and I were actually at that deli about a month ago, and I brought this game up and gave her a hard time for picking that day of all days to make that trip. She's a Devils fan, too, I don't know what she was thinking. This series really feels like the one that won us the cup. As good as the Ducks and Giguere were, it was all but certain to me after getting through Ottawa that we'd win that series. The Senators felt like a team of destiny that year, and sometimes it's hard for me not to still think of them as a big, bad Goliath. What a series.
  11. Hey neighbor. Those are actually my 2 favorites as well, along with Tapper. I've spent hours at that Frogger machine gunning for the nightly high scores. The all-time highs are absurd.
  12. Wasn't Sherry the first woman in major professional US sports to call a game when Matt had to miss one at some point? That's a really cool piece of trivia if correct for us to have. Don't mind any of the broadcast personnel nearly as much as the constant moaning about them on this board whenever the opportunity presents itself.
  13. I don't think so, any of the 31 teams can reach anyone on social media at any time. There needs to be better local marketing. There isn't any reason the team can milk everything out of the Jersey identity and get more people out to the games. The best marketing we have is those of us who have stuff on our cars, or people on busy streets that have flags out. Everywhere I turn in Philly, there's Flyers something. Billboards, signage at bars, banners on street lights, commercials, everything. With a decentralized fan base and surrounded in extremely close proximity to very popular teams, the Devils need more marketing than anyone. Lou is gone, Dr. M is dead, the excuses are out the window. Spend the money to develop the fan base. The sky is the limit, New Jersey is massively populated, stop fvcking around.
  14. Properly marketing the Nets would have been more prudent in terms of building a fan base instead of putting them in an occupied city uninterested in a second team. Realistically, how much better did the Nets draw than the Devils during the good years? Of course Prudential Center didn't help the Nets, they had their bags packed and the team gutted. North Jersey by itself is one of the biggest markets in sports. If you're not building big fan bases, you aren't trying. And I firmly believe the Nets never tried, and the Devils barely have. Again, Brooklyn is better for building a brand, not a successful basketball team.
  15. Good, I'd prefer Brooklyn to be seen as a new franchise. Let them embarrass themselves by hanging black and white banners. The ones earned in Jersey belong in the Prudential Center rafters the same way the Whalers banners are still up in the Civic Center in Hartford.