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Didn't Rahr Brewing in Ft. Worth have a lot of beers in the top 50 last year? And this year not one.....hmmm. They have pretty much the same line-up this year. Wonder what changed...definitely interesting. ::)

Events / Re: I am declaring right now!
« on: June 16, 2011, 06:11:50 PM »
Gotta agree there Euge!  8)

Philly is definitely a possibility for me. Just got back from a Baltimore/Philly trip and I definitely want to go back. Would be cool if they tie it in with Philly Beer Week too.

Beer Travel / Re: Philadelphia beer trip
« on: June 03, 2011, 01:05:05 PM »
My main question, outside of where else to visit for special beer week events, is should I carry my handgun in downtown Philly?

Philly areas breweries to look for are Sly Fox, Yards and Nodding Head. You might also find Flying Fish (NJ) and some Dogfish Head oddities.

Good web sites:

Mid-Atlantic Brewing News (

Philly Beer Week (
The touristy areas of Philly are reasonably safe from violent crime, IME, although it's been a few years since I've visited. The hairy areas are/were West and North Philly and that's not where the bars or attractions are. Anyhow, most of the violent crime is between people who know each other, rather than random attacks on visitors.

I'm not a cop or a lawyer, but it just seems like common sense to research the local gun laws; perhaps talk with your department or the Philadelphia PD. Pennsylvania has some weird laws, so there might be oddities about carrying there. Presumably, professional police forums or the NRA web site will give better advice than you'll get here.

Given that you'll be going into bars, stadiums and other private property where they might have restrictions on carrying, my gut instinct is to leave the gun at home. If you "look like a cop" even out of uniform, I can't imagine anyone hassling you. In any case, your most valuable weapons when confronted with most crimes is common sense and a cell phone.

Thanks. Citizen's Bank Park has a no-carry rule unless you're on duty. I doubt my city will pay me overtime. I may end up parking the rental down near the ballpark and walking to the Liberty Bell during daylight hours that way i have less of a walk back to the car after the game.

And I've been breing for 5 years now and behind a desk for the last 2. I'm starting to lose that "cop" look.... 8)

Beer Travel / Re: Philadelphia beer trip
« on: June 03, 2011, 02:00:20 AM »
To revive an old thread. My trip is in a week. Plan on hitting Monks for lunch. To my pleasant surprise, it's also Philly Beer Week next week. As I said earlier, we are going to a ballgame on the 9th. My main question, outside of where else to visit for special beer week events, is should I carry my handgun in downtown Philly? It's a pain in the ass to fly with it, but I'm current law enforcement so I can carry anywhere. We'd be walking from the ballpark after the game back to our car, which will probably be left at some all-day parking lot closer to the Liberty Bell and Monks.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: May 27, 2011, 06:52:09 PM »

If you're looking for a way to control the smoke escaping, you really can't go wrong w/ the fireplace cord suggested here.  I'd suggest using temp resistant silicone as opposed to the fireplace cement though.  The fireplace stuff gets pretty brittle with all the moving around. 

Good idea. I used the fireplace cement to try and shore up my side box smoker and within two smokes, it had fallen off. Still have plenty of rope so may hit up the hardware store for some high-temp silicone.

The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: May 11, 2011, 08:36:56 PM »
Rut Roh, Rorge!   ;)

East   W   L   PCT   GB   Home   Away   DIV   Streak
NY Yankees   19   13   .594   ---   12-6   7-7   8-4   Won 1
Tampa Bay   20   14   .588   ---   9-10   11-4   9-5   Won 4
Boston   17   18   .486   3 1/2   11-9   6-9   6-6   Won 3
West   W   L   PCT   GB   Home   Away   DIV   Streak
LA Angels   20   16   .556   ---   8-9   12-7   4-2   Lost 1
Oakland   19   17   .528   1   8-8   11-9   8-7   Won 2
Texas   18   18   .500   2   12-8   6-10   6-8   Lost 2

Missing the AL MVP for two weeks and the AL Rookie of Year and saves leader for same time. No worries on the Ranger front. The A's offense is a joke and the Angel's offense is old. Both their pitching staffs, however, scare me. Especially they way our guys are pitching.

Beer Travel / Re: Philadelphia beer trip
« on: April 12, 2011, 08:52:55 PM »
If you're into baseball Citizen's Bank Park is a fabulous place, plus you can check out the Fightin' Phils.

Most of that Fightin' being in the stands, right?  :)

Not in Philly.  ;)

Ha. Our plan was to heckle the crap out of Lee for chickening out of being a true ace, but have since decided against that. Now I'm just hoping I get to see Halladay.

Beer Travel / Re: Philadelphia beer trip
« on: April 12, 2011, 02:47:53 PM »
60+ on tap at Phillies games?!?! Joy! I'm hitting up a game on 6-9-11 and now it looks like i'm also going to get a hotel rather than head back to Baltimore that night.

The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: April 08, 2011, 01:38:36 PM »
I know this will get filtered but you'll get the point:

WHAT THE f##k RED SOX?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?   >:( :( >:(

Carl Crawford was just waiting to get paid. He's lazy.

Pedroia's power numbers never came back after the MVP season...hmmmmmmm

Ellsbury will be injured in May

Ortiz's batspeed has slowed down so much he's behind on change-ups


Youk is a first baseman, not a 3B. No comment on his bat though, he's legit

Gonzalez is legit, but pressure of big market may affect him


Lester-Legit Ace

Bucholz-Too erratic

Beckett-Washed up

Lackey-Never was good


Bullpen-Meh. Nelson Cruz owns Wakefields soul now, Papeldouche sucks, Bard can't handle closer role or they would've done it already.


 ;D ;D ;D

The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: April 06, 2011, 11:40:19 PM »


The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: April 05, 2011, 03:30:29 PM »
Real football takes place on Saturdays, anyways :)

But the NFL doesn't really play Saturday any games until late in the season  :P


The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: April 05, 2011, 02:13:18 PM »
It's the Mets and the Phillies for the next three days and a friend offered me tickets for tomorrow's night game 1st base side 15th row. I'm stoked!


Jealous. But I'm taking the wife to the Phillies game on June 9th while we'e in Baltimore for a wedding that weekend. Hopefully Doc is pitching.

I hope all those greedy F---s in the NFL don't ruin it for us fans.  Maybe we should form a fans' union and strke the NFL.

And please, lets not ruin this perfectly good thread about The Beautiful Game with NFL talk... ;)

The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: April 02, 2011, 02:15:59 PM »
2 runs in the top of the 1st...Season starting off good so far!

Go Sox!!

How'd that work out for you....

Edit:Still singing that "Season starting off good..." song?  ::)

The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: April 01, 2011, 03:00:45 PM »
Opening day is at 3p for us today. Already pumped!

Too bad you're going to lose :)

GO SOX!!!!

I feel for you. I bet it was an extremely long off-season for Sox fans considering they didn't even make the post-season. But hey, they have a $200 million payroll now so that should count for something.  :P

The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: April 01, 2011, 12:29:39 PM »

You got to go to The Series?!  Man, that's a lifelong dream for me!  Lucky you!

Thanks for being a good sport.  It must have been a tough loss.  Both teams played some great ball.  Buster Posey has got to be Yogi Berra reincarnated or something - amazing poise and game awareness for a rookie. Plus a howitzer for an arm.

UUUUUUUUUU------Ribe plays for the Dodgers now and helped them beat SF in their opener in LA tonight.  One down - 161 games to go...

DH takes the substitution strategy out of play...  Manager chess match and all like that. 

If you play the field you gotta take your cuts too!

Did I metion I'm pumped that baseball season has started?

Yeah. All three here. I got into season tickets three years ago when the Rangers weren't that great. Got a helluva deal and last year was an even better deal. I'm first row of the upperdeck, directly behind homeplate. Cheap seats, but IMHO, best in the house.

Posey is legit. We'll see what his sophomore season does to him though. Opening day is at 3p for us today. Already pumped!

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