Experts? Pfff, ... a season long digression

We'll Put Their Name to the Test

Experts Know Things, Right? What we hope to discover in this season-long investigation into American football game predictions is which major outlet has the best brain trust. By major outlet we mean the networks that carry the games, CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC,1 and best, at least initially, will be determined by how well the respective crews, as a collective, do against game results. Game results should be self explanatory and in addition we will be looking at performance against the spread (using SportsLine), where... [Read More]

May I advise against the lady eating the clam chowder?

The Cleanliness of NYC Craft Beer Bar Kitchens

Much is asked of New Yorkers, from high rent, congestion, overstuffed subway cars, and extreme weather conditions, to crowded tourist traps, inconsiderate asses who stand in front of subway doors, and dealing with being attached to a country that is determined to repeatedly vote against its own interests. For this it is fair that we ask and receive some things in return. We ask these things as citizens, family members, customers and as members of various groups. When forking over that hard earned cash that’s made just a bit more... [Read More]

Still Razor Thin

Three Data Approaches to a Controversial Decision

Still too Close to Call Nice build up, two top quality fighters, one hell of a tactical and willful bout, one knockdown and a controversial decision. That’s boxing, baby! I have my impressions on who won between Kovalev/Ward I (let’s all hope there’s a sequel in the near future) and am apparently curious enough about the result to want to dig deeper in order to get a more complete take. This three part (more or less) piece will explore the fight from several different angles. First we’ll see what... [Read More]

Data Guide for the Beer Perplexed II

Part II - Beer Category Dimensions

What’s in a style? As we inch our way closer to beer authority1 approaching the topic from many angles it is important to occasionally take a deeper dive. This is not one of those times. Not really. Well sort of. We will get more information on beer categories and develop an idea of their characteristics on a closer but still superficial level. It’s like knowing the stats of a player. You may be able to discuss them with more understanding but if you haven’t seen them in... [Read More]

Suds in The City

Closest Big Box Yuppie Stores in Manhattan

Grab a Roadie Share Whole Foods v. Trader Joe’s Voronoi Craft beer is here, hooray. There are more breweries and styles than ever before. Taste has won over mass produced piss and we may all rest easy now. Not so fast. While we may be experiencing a Golden Age in beer consumer options there is no guarantee these days are here... [Read More]

Then there is no pleasing you

Ten Great Beers get Bizzaro Appreciation

“Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.” - The Dude This post is inspired by BuzzFeed’s 2015 “One-Star Amazon Reviews Of Classic Novels Are Hilarious” article. I could not help myself from tracking down some iconic and highly rated beers to see what an equivalent level of dissatisfaction would look like in my area of interest. A well regarded item with any longevity will inevitably have people taking shots at it. This may happen for a number of different reasons: dashed hopes, hype fatigue,... [Read More]

Data Guide for the Beer Perplexed

Part I - Looking at Beer Style Connections

Whole Lotta Beers Out There Beer is delicious but it is not one thing. If you disagree with the former part of the previous sentence please keep the latter in mind. Think of sports, for instance. Many would agree with the blanket statement “sports are fun” but depending on what you have in mind two people can easily have opposite reactions to being presented the opportunity to play ping-pong. Sports are not one thing, music is not one thing, and neither is beer. Presented with a finely crafted brew... [Read More]

It was all GGGood just a week ago

Basic Analysis of Fight Week Tweets

Gotta Get Your Fix One of the minor life changes of moving several times zones away from where you grew up or spent a considerable amount of time recently is determining how to follow events that you used to take for granted. In an earlier time this would extend to all sorts of entertainment but with the expansion of DVR’s, podcasts, and the internet in general most things are covered and or their reliance on a set time have been... [Read More]

When you come to a fork in the road, keep moving

Endless Routes to Your Pint?

So, where do you wanna meet up? Vis Source: Mike Bostock I have heard it been said the answer to life is 42 but that does you no good if you don’t know the question. The city provides answers all around you but you don’t know what to collect and where they belong. Standing in Time Square can leave you paralyzed with options but if I told you there was a good bar, well now you have... [Read More]

Cold, Dark, & Wet - Dutch Summers Pair with Most Beer Styles

My Contribution to Bryan Roth's Six Pack Project

The Dutch Know Beer The Netherlands has a long standing beer history and the only non-Belgian Trappist brewery, La Trappe, to prove it. Beer culture in Holland manifests itself in many ways. From the behemoth Heineken, to the aforementioned Trappist brewery, and the ever burgeoning microbrew scene in between. Beer is to be found at most getogethers, festivals, and celebrations, as well as fine and low restaurants alike. Below I present some of my findings and explorations in this beer haven... [Read More]

Going Dutch ...but I digress

Learning a Language with Modern Tools

Are we really only going to talk about one issue? Please, that’s tedious, leaves you open to some well deserved ribbing, and it’s how Prohibition was passed (I think we’ve all learned from that mistake). Like most of us are wont to do in real life let us jump from subject to subject, share stories, describe our dreams and brilliant ideas that only an ample amount of drinking would allow us to divulge and share with another. That’s what this... [Read More]

Just when I thought I was out

US Medal Dominance - Some How's & Hints of Why's

I told myself that I was done going over the disparity in numbers between the US and rest of the world with respect to the World Beer Cup. While what I wrote earlier was certainly not the definitive say on the matter, and nor was it meant to be, I thought I’d made my point. Until last week, when the WBC results made it for me by giving the US its largest metal haul ever, both in absolute and relative numbers. Based on previous entry and... [Read More]