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Beer On My Shirt's Go Indie Blog
So the idea is that someone with very little experience in drinking “good beer”, I just so happen to fit that description, starts to explore the world of beer beyond the Millers and the Buds. As of right now, I have very little knowledge about beer but plan on learning as I go and sharing as I learn. From this point forward my beer drinking endeavors will focus on American craft beers or micro-brews along with the occasional interesting import. My favorite beer, or at least my most frequent beer of choice prior to starting this project, is Rolling Rock. From what I can tell, and have been told, this beer used to be a regional powerhouse from western PA - brewed in the glass lined tanks of Latrobe - but was bought by Anheuser-Busch, which was then bought by some global beer giant. Anyway, it is now brewed in Newark. I do not remember much about college but I do remember that I didn’t like Rolling Rock back then. Apparently, I was not a fan of beers brewed in glass lined tanks. I do however enjoy beers brewed in Newark. Or I used to. Lately, it just hasn’t been hitting the spot. I experienced a similar falling out of flavor with Miller Lite a few years back. It used to be my playground, and now I can hardly stand the sight of it. Other things that I remember from college: (1.) That my friends and I all had Wu-Tang like nicknames for each other. There was the BZA, a name that sticks with him to this day, I was J-kwon (the chef), Hans was dubbed the HZA (which seems redundant but at the time was actually the funniest thing I had ever heard), then we had Ol’ Dirty Dabeck and Ghost Face Miller. Is this a common occurrence - themed nicknames? Those unfamiliar with the Wu Tang Clan will find this memory unremarkable at best. Those familiar with the Wu have assured themselves that they are better than me. I accept both judgments. (2.)Thinking that Milli Vanilli wrote some good songs. This is clearly an opinion formed on the same night as the Four Forty Challenge (a mountain that only the BZA could climb) but an opinion nonetheless that I still stand by to this day. (3.)Dancing in a circle around a chair to a six minute long ska song and thinking that it was the best time I’ve ever had in my life and then exclaiming “that was SIX minutes!” - as if until that moment, I didn’t really believe that time flies when your having fun. It was a real eye-opener. (4.)Pooping my pants two times in one day. This might be a little much to reveal about myself so early in the adventure but I feel that it is relevant here for one reason: Remember that scene in City Slickers where Billy Crystal’s character is asking Bruno Kirby’s character what his best day was and Bruno Kirby tries to avoid the question but finally tells this horrible story about his mother and father fighting, he confronting his dad, and his dad walking out on the family and how he had to take care of his mother and sisters from then on and how that day was his best day. And then Daniel Stern says, “Well then what was your worst day?” and Bruno, very introspectively replies, “the same day.” Anyway, the story of the day where I double-dipped would be my best day/worst day story. That’s a big deal.
14 Sep 2012
Guest On My Shirt: a staff member branches out.
A new post by a staff member that typically does more drinking than writing at Beer On My Shirt - about the non-stop party that is "the book deal" including some brews by Oskar Blues Brewery and Avery Brewing Company

13 Sep 2012
The Rolling Rock Relapse, The Book Deal, and El Dorado
A new post about our book deal and a review of Flying Dog Brewery's El Dorado. Also, updated the site with a page for our Staff's bios - finally the people making this all work behind the scenes start to get their due. And thanks for everyone's support - couldn't have done it with out you.

04 Aug 2012
My absence, my explanations, and bargain beers
If you've been wondering "Why hasn't Beer On My Shirt" been writing - then you have issues - but I try and address that and other similar inquiries. Also, delicious craft beers at bargain prices are discussed!

18 Mar 2012
Sixpoint Craft Ales / That time I went to Birreria...
A company trip to NYC a while back, with a stop at the Italian Beer Garden - Birreria, and the discovery of Sixpoint Craft Ales. Delicious! And a borderline unhealthy obsession with Matt Damon emerges...

04 Mar 2012
Hoptimum, Hopslam, and Nugget Nectar (and by the way - we’re hiring)
Some real hop gems - Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum, Bell's Brewery Hopslam, and Tröegs Brewing Company's Nugget Nectar - are discussed. And by the way, the Beer on my Shirt offices have been expanded and WE ARE HIRING!

29 Jan 2012
Top 50 (Part 2): Pliny the Elder, more about Pony, and a failed pirate metaphor.
Pliny the Elder, considered by many to be one of the best beers in the world, is discussed, along with my pal Pony's failures as a man, and my failed attempt at comparing our day of drinking to the life of a pirate in a world of opposites.

15 Jan 2012
The Week of Flossing, Pony P gets suspended, and some more winter seasonals.
A message from the CEO, some thoughts on New Year's traditions, and some wintery craft beer selections are discussed.

26 Dec 2011
Top 50 (Part 1): Andre and Pony P get weird.
I found a list, or lists, of the top 50 beers. I've had some and I try to tell you about them but my friends get weird and I get sidetracked.

08 Dec 2011
My walk, my women, and some holiday beers
A few holiday beers are discussed along with references to a mundane personal life. Oh, and some math.

05 Nov 2011
It's a Process
It's not funny but it's part of a process.

17 Sep 2011
Information about my Thighs, Strombolis, and Black IPAs
The title is pretty self-explanatory

01 Aug 2011
IPA's and anniversaries
I lose my mind and write about some "malt heavy hop bombs". This is either the worst post ever or the best. you be the judge. (don't judge me)

21 Jul 2011
Hacksaws, Saisons, and Sears
My dreams come true at Sears, I buy a hacksaaw, and review some saison/farmhouse ales - some beers that are absolutely delicious.

29 Jun 2011
Summer of Shirt
The one year anniversary of Beer on my shirt... and some summer beer recommendations from the world of american craft beer.

17 Jun 2011
Beer on my shirt...Literally!
Beer on my shirt ties one on at a place called The Hitching Post.

13 Jun 2011
Free Beer! (The PBS-39 MicroBrew Festival)
Beer On My Shirt gets free beer at the PBS-39 MicroBrew Festival at Coca-Cola Park!

07 May 2011
Best Beer Day Ever Part 2: ?????
The conclusion of the Best Beer Day Ever, including what appears to have been my last trip to the Tap n Table and some really great beers you have to try if you get the chance.

02 Apr 2011
Best Beer Day Ever Part 1: Monk's Cafe
Baby showers and beers and a trip to Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

25 Feb 2011
Aloha Toilet! A beer tasting with friends from Hawaii.
A traumatic beer tasting with some friends. Beers sampled include Stone Brewing Co.'s Double Bastard Ale (The Arrogant Bastard Ale also gets a mention) and Dogfish Head Beer's Burton Baton. Enjoy and don't tell anyone else about this blog, just keep it all to yourself. Reverse psychology on your shirt!

25 Feb 2011
What I’ve been drinking lately...
A post about some beers and dreams. The title kind of gives away the plot. Do you like beer? Then read this.