Beer And Skiing Go Hand In Hand

In the Winter of 2010 I took a trip up to Tremblant Quebec to go skiing.  The resort was beautiful and the conditions on the slopes were pristine.  However, I have done plenty of skiing in my life and good skiing is something that I am very familiar with.  Besides, there was something at Tremblant that I enjoyed even more than the skiing.  There happened to be a nice pub at the base of the mountain called La Diable. This pub was also a micro-brewery.  Inside they offered four of their own in house brewed beers.  They had a blonde, an amber, a dark, and an extreme ale that had an alcohol percentage somewhere around 12%.   As a beer enthusiast and as someone who has tried his fair share of micro-brews and craft beers, I can honestly report to you that these were the best beers I had ever tasted.  Each one was just as good as the next.  Each one had the perfect amount of hoppy flavor and they all had a refreshing, clean finish.  What does this have to do with skiing you ask?  Well, good beer is one thin,g but good beer after a day or even just a few hours on the ski slopes is something else entirely.  The refreshment factor of beer is amplified immensely after a day of skiing or a day of any physical activity. Extreme temperatures make all the difference as well and naturally it was rather cold out.  The message of this anecdote is that if you ever find yourself in Tremblant Quebec, make sure you stop in to Le Diable and get yourself a few brews.  If your not staying within walking distance, I would strongly recommend that you bring a designated driver because you are not going to want to stop at just a couple of theses delicious beers.  In all honesty, the beer is so good that I find myself now, three years later thinking about them at any given moment.  I would go back just for the beer ,no joke!  Just as side note, Tremblant gets ranked as #1 ski area on the east coast every year in Ski Magazine.

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How to Make Nice with a Newport Bar Tender

In Newport RI, you’ll have a much better life and bar experience if you know how to interact with the local bar tenders.  The bar tenders in this town are constantly dealing with arrogance, stupidity, crass behavior and above all else disrespect.  This is not surprising when you have a college full of kids in their early twenties right down the street.  If there is one thing that these bar tenders want besides your money, it is respect.  When at a bar in Newport on a weekend, chances are it will be crowded and you will probably have to wait a while for a drink.  Remain calm and cool.  Put your money on the table so that they know your not just standing there trying to look cut.  Follow these guidelines and the service will come.  The more obnoxious you are, the less likely you are to get service in the future.  Also, the more respect you show, the better received you will be bu the staff and your peers.  Never complain to bartenders about how long the wait was.  Trust me they know!  And they have probably already been yelled at by every customer before you.  Be kind and the bar gods will shine down upon you.

 

The Evolution of the American Beer

I am not old enough to remember a time when it was either Budweiser or Miller or a few other beers that tasted virtually the same.  Although I may have been alive when this was the case,( I was not old enough to drink).  I am however grateful that I never had to be a beer drinker in a time when my selection was limited to domestic beers that all had that generic taste and blonde color.  It seems as though every month these days, one or several American beer companies are coming out with new brews.  Whether they be limited edition or permanent beers, the selection is amazing.  These days, I at times feel overwhelmed by how many beers there are to choose from.  I am only talking about domestic beers.  It has always been the impression of the American beer community, that imports whether you hate them or love them, have more respect in the global beer community that American beers.  For example, you don’t see many Germans drinking Budweiser but you do see many Americans drinking Becks.   However, it is safe to say that America is stepping up its game and starting to give Europe a little more competition. Take a look at this article to learn more about the ever-expanding American beer industry.  http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/b/beer/index.html

 

The World of Craft Beers

If you are someone who typically plays it safe and just likes to stick to the basic domestic brews than that is your choice.  However, I would highly encourage you to dive into the world of craft beers.  Craft beers are beers made typically at micro-breweries. They include ingredients unique to the area in which they were made.  They usually are not made for mass production.  However, smaller beer companies like Sam Adams make craft beers that are usually only around for a couple of months at a time that you can buy at package stores.  The reason why I would encourage anybody in the Newport area to experiment with craft beers, is because New England is a wonderful place to enjoy some really delicious craft beers.  The Alagash beer company would be one of my favorite companies that specializes in craft beers.  They are located in Maine.

In regards to the Newport area, the Coddington Brewery is a great place to score some fresh and tasty craft beers.  It is a micro-brewery/restaurant and their beer is some the best on the Island!  The blueberry is particularly good.  The Coddington Brewery is located on the Coddington Highway right up the street from CCRI.  To learn more about the world of craft beers, check out this website. http://drinkcraftbeer.com/editorial/

Welcome to Newport on Tap

Come and see whats on tap! Newport On Tap serves up the finest beer news.  This blog will cover everything from what is happening in the Newport beer community, to news about the beer industry as a whole.  This is the place for the latest trends in the beer industry.  If you are a beer lover like me, than you know that 2013 so far has been a big year for beer.  With the release of Budweiser Black Crown and Becks Sapphire (which took two years to perfect by the way), these are exciting times for beer enthusiast and casual drinkers.  Newport is one of the biggest drinking towns in New England, so it is imperative that we stay on top of what this city has to offer.  The bars are constantly changing what they have on tap.  I’ll keep you up to date on which bars are providing the best selection and the tastiest brews.

This blog will also consist of things having to do with beer that may not necessarily be about the drink itself.  For example, bar edict is a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing some do’s and don’ts in the Newport bar scene.  You should also expect to see some fun facts from the past.  history of the industry and how important beer is to American enterprise.