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Who Are You?

We know you’re out there.  You are the readers, the watchers, the listeners, but what we don’t know is… who are you?  You are the lurkers.  The ones that come to the blog every day or several times a week and read our postings.

Our stats say that there are many of you out there, but we want you to be more than anonymous numbers – we want you to come out of the shadows and actually speak to us…

Lately, our visitor traffic to this site has increased, and the number of commenters has too, but not as much.  On average only about 2% of our readers leave comments, and we LOVE them lots.  It makes our day to interact with people from all over the country and around the world.

But they are only a small percentage of our readers, which makes us wonder who else is reading the site.  We know you exist and that you visit…a lot.

We’d like to get to know you.

So, you lurkers, now it is your turn.  We want to hear from you.  I’d like you to answer the following questions:

1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer?

2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit?

3)What is your favorite part of what we do here?

4) How do you think we might make the site better?

5)Where do you live?

6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog?

OK, maybe that last question was a bit over the line.  But we really do want to hear from you.  Tell us your thoughts.  Come out of the shadows and into the light, even if just for a moment. We depend on people to tell us what they think and add their wit or wisdom.  God knows Jim and I don’t have enough of either to keep this thing going like it has.

So please go ahead and leave a comment – We promise it won’t hurt a bit.

-Don

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78 Comments on “Who Are You?”

  1. John
    November 22, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    OK, here we go! My Name is John…..
    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? IPA

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? Bourbon – but favorite mixed drink is JD Manhattan

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here? Like that you are more than just beer!

    4) How do you think we might make the site better?

    5)Where do you live? Northeast Ohio

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog? If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you!!!!

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 10:29 am #

      John, Nice to have you step out of the shadows and into the light! You are our first one, so that takes courage and nerve, way to go! We love us some great IPAs around here, so you should feel right at home. Jim will be posting our latest podcast today where I review Old Whiskey River, the Willie Nelson bourbon, so watch for that too. Welcome John!

  2. November 22, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    My name is…

    Oh never mind, I’m one of those commenters that you guys already know more than you want to about 😉

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 10:29 am #

      Ahem…Yes! 😉

  3. November 22, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Hello, I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and enjoy reading it.

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? Witbier

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? Single malt scotch particularly Mcallan. For bourbon I like Knob Creek.

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here? Since I’m new I haven’t read much of the articles yet, but my favourite so far was the Thanksgiving beer pairings. And I have to see if I can find Elysian Pumpkin

    4) How do you think we might make the site better? I’d like to see more whisky posts, but really you do have a good blog.

    5)Where do you live? Tucson

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog? Ya know, a bit of this and that.

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 11:47 am #

      Good Morning TC! Glad you made the comment! Jim isn’t a huge Witbier fan, but I like it ok. I am trying to get into single malt scotch. Baby steps from a transgression I had back in my college days. Jim and I love Knob Creek! Great stuff. The Elysian Night owl was pretty good, but I also understand they make a couple other pumpkin brews. Apparently they really get into it. They even host a pumpkin beer fest every year. Who knew? Glad you took time to comment, and don’t be a stranger!

  4. Matt
    November 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    I’m fairly new to your blog so I’ll share.

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? IPA followed closely by a good Scotch Ale.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? Tough one. I haven’t tried any good whiskey, scotch or bourbon so right now I would have to say tequila by default. I really like a good tequila.

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here? My favorite part of the blog is how you cover stories on the fringe of craft beer like pairings for holidays, hoarding beer, and your various posters for beer snobs, etc.

    4) How do you think we might make the site better? Well I enjoy it so you’re doing something right. You’re extremely active on the comment section, which is a huge bonus for your readers.

    5)Where do you live? I’m in Northern California where I can get a ton of great beer. Jim posting from New Jersey makes me a little jealous when I read about all the East Coast beers that don’t distribute over here.

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog? I’m off the grid. My love of craft beer is second to my Ted Nugent-esque survivalist lifestyle. Enter at your own risk =)

    • November 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

      Don’s gonna have to coach you up on #2, Matt. There’s tons of great stuff out there.

      Any while it’s a shame you can’t get all the east coast beers, I really have no pity for any beer nerd living in California, especially one who loves IPAs. 😉

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

      Like I told John, we love IPAs here too. But I think our favorites are stouts and ahhh…stouts. Oh, and free beer too. Free beer is the best! I’ve never really gotten into tequila. I think I’ve always been afraid of the consequences. And as always look to us to be on the fringe, it doesn’t seem so fringy when you live there. Oh, and I love Uncle Ted too! Wango Tango!

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

      Matt, as for coaching you up on number 2, try this. https://beerandwhiskeybros.com/2010/06/25/dons-top-5-whiskeys-for-noobs/

  5. November 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? IPA – New Belgium Ranger

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? Glenlivet Single Malt

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here? Reviews and just sharing what you find when you come across it.

    4) How do you think we might make the site better? I haven’t been following long but are there any events or breweries local to to you? Maybe a guest post from those once in a while.

    5)Where do you live? California

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog? I have a killer chihuahua…that is if you don’t mind being loved to death.

  6. November 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    My turn, although I’ve posted here a couple of times before. 🙂

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? Anything that’s been in a bourbon barrel.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? Four Roses Small Batch and Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here? I like the posts that Jim does.

    4) How do you think we might make the site better? Less Don. Much less Don.

    5)Where do you live? The Garden State.

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog? I have a 1977 Sunnyvale “Heavy Sixer” Atari 2600 (Sears branded) and a 12″ Magnovox black and white travel TV. For security I have a killer poodle and a four year old daughter who will cut a bitch.

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

      I like the posts that Jim does too. 😉

  7. Matt
    November 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    Here is a tip if you want to pull more people to your site. I use the RSS feed in Netvibes to see your posts. I have it configured to pull your site up in its own tab if I click a news feed. However, if I choose to open the feed within my RSS reader then I get the full story without needing to go to your site. I suggest you limit your RSS feed to only provide the first bit of the post. This would require somebody interested in the article to click through to your full site and perhaps get more engaged. You could very well have people reading your full articles in RSS readers without ever hitting your site.

    • Heather
      November 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

      I subscribe via RSS, and although I can read the whole post without leaving my reader, I find that the comments on here are worth just as much as the article its self, so I always click through. And if you did it Matt’s way, I would consider unsubscribing.

      But anyways, Hi my name is Heather, and I am new here (and new to good beer in general)

      1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? Anything but stout.

      2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? Rum

      3)What is your favorite part of what we do here? The comments

      4) How do you think we might make the site better? Just keep on doing what you do.

      5)Where do you live? Pittsburgh, PA

      • November 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

        As we said, we rely on the readers to provide the true insights here. We just say stoopid things in the posts and wait for the smart kids to correct us. 🙂

    • November 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

      Oh, please don’t shorten your RSS feed!

      • Matt
        November 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

        Wow, I’m slightly confused by the peeps that are adamantly against the shortened RSS feed. What is the difference when you come to the main site to read the comments anyway? I’m confused by how the shortened RSS feed would cause you to stop visiting.

      • November 23, 2010 at 10:53 am #

        I think they want to see the whole post in their feed instead of having to visit the site. Either way it doesn’t matter, because I have no clue how to change it!

  8. Evan
    November 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer?
    Really depends on my mood. The only style I typically don’t like (besides industrial lagers) are amber ales. Overall, I love me a good barrel aged imperial stout, a good roasty brown ale, and a well brewed malt-forward style German lager

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit?
    Have yet to have one I can say I enjoyed even a little bit

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here?
    Cover all types of topics, not just beer reviews

    4) How do you think we might make the site better?
    I dunno, you’re doing fine

    5)Where do you live?
    Redmond, Wa (just east of Seattle)

    • November 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

      I am stealing “Industrial Lagers.” It is mine!! 🙂

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

      So Evan, you don’t believe in electronic equipment? We need to work on number 2.

      • Evan
        November 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

        I’m open to trying, Don.

  9. Dave
    November 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Hi Jim and Don. My name is Dave. I live in Chicago. I discovered your blog a few weeks ago via a re-tweet by Finch’s Beer, a new microbrewery starting up operation in 2011. They re-tweet a lot of your posts.

    As for your questions:

    1. I subscribe to the age-old philosophy that my favorite beer is the one in my hand. When I first discovered the joys of craft beer I’d have to say I was partial to the Wheat beers, particularly Dunkels. But since I’ve started homebrewing (a little over a year ago now, so I’m still a newbie), I’ve started leaning toward the hoppier IPAs. Basically, I’m all over the map. But if stranded on a desert island with only one choice, I’d hope for a few bottles of Allagash White.

    2. I’m not a whiskey appreciator, and rarely drink wine or spirits. I wouldn’t frown at a cocktail made with good tequila or gin. I have a good friend who is a single-malt freak but I have yet to see the light.

    3. My favorite part of what you do here? All of it, so far. I’m a writer/editor by profession so I enjoy your well-written entries. There’s lots of humor, sarcasm, brotherly tweaking, and good information to boot. The craft beer community is one of the nicest and most enthusiastic groups of people you’ll ever find, and your blog champions it like few I’ve found.

    4. How to make it better? I don’t have any suggestions for that. I’m enjoying it as it is. Do you have reviews of specific beers on here? I haven’t really looked that deeply. Maybe you should choose a new beer now and then that’s readily available across the country and have “tasting,” soliciting comments and ratings from your followers. Perhaps you already do that.

    5. I live in Chicago, a city certainly near the forefront of the craft beer explosion. We’ve got some great local microbreweries above and beyond Goose Island. Half Acre brewing and Revolution Brewing, two of the newest, are turning out some phenomenal beers. Haymarket Brewing is opening soon, headed up by a brewer named Pete Crowley, who has achieved national recognition for his barrel-aged beers. New Glarus is only a two-hour drive. So many to name, so little time.

    Jim, I also lived in New Jersey as a child and still love it there. Spent many a summer on the shore, and saw Bruce Springsteen at the Stone Pony one night. I mentioned in an earlier reply how I’m jonesing for Taylor Ham — and I still am!

    6. As for a electronic equipment, I’m a bit of dinosaur still, but only because I’m convinced this whole inter-web thing is a passing fad. For dependabiltiy I prefer my abacus, thank you very much. I have two standard poodles — fantastic dogs, too smart for their own good.

    Keep up the great work you guys, I’ll be lurking…

    • November 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

      I can’t get Goose Island out here, Dave, but if I could, I’d have as many bottles of Bourbon County Coffee Stout as I could hijack off the delivery truck. It was my favorite beer at GABF this year.

      We do review beers here from time to time, but have gotten more into the beer lifestyle stuff over the past year. There’s so much nerdy ground to cover!

      Thanks for lurking (even though you’ve posted before). My poodle is a black standard female who’s about 6 months old, and she’s fantastic. Smart as a whip and a pleaser, even if she’s still a little puppy-wild. Now if I could just keep her from peeing in the house…

      • Dave
        November 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

        Wow, a beer aficionado and a standard poodle owner to boot. I knew I liked you for a reason.

        I’ve owned standards for 20 years, and would never own another breed. We have a 12-year old black male and 10-year old red male right now. They make us laugh every day. Good luck with your girl, she’ll grow up fast.

        • November 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

          Yeah, she’s a hoot for sure. The funniest dog I’ve ever met. Between her smarts, sweetness and teddybear-like coat (we’re keeping her long) she’s made a case for never considering another breed.

        • Don
          November 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

          I put a western flair inot my Standard Poodle, I had him mixed with a Labrador. Thats right I have Toby the dumbass Labradoodle. Certain things should never be mixed like Bourbon and Dr. Pepper, and Labradors and Poodles!

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words Dave. Whiskey is an inspired spirit that we need to get you to appreciate! Read this for a starter. https://beerandwhiskeybros.com/2010/06/25/dons-top-5-whiskeys-for-noobs/

      That should be a good place to begin your journey!

  10. November 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    I’m a new reader. I just started reading in the last few weeks, and I honestly cannot remember how I found you guys!

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? I burned myself on hoppy pale ales (although my husband still loves them). A trip to Belgium a few years ago and fell in love with Belgian-style beers – Leffe, Hoegaarden, etc.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? Even though I work for a major player in the bourbon category and am from bourbon’s home, I’m not a fan. I do like our other spirits brands, though! I’m a vodka girl. When I can afford it, I drink Effen. When I can’t, I find some Gilbey’s which pretty much shows I’m not a vodka snob, at all!

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here? A new reader just getting into the groove, so I don’t have a favorite, yet!

    4) How do you think we might make the site better? See #3!

    5)Where do you live? Kentucky, USA

    • November 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

      Welcome, Lydia. Thanks for posting!

      I started with Belgian beers, and burned myself out on those. In the mean time, I’ve grown to enjoy hoppy pale ales. So I guess we’re like the ying and yang of beer nerds.

      And it’s probably for the best that you don’t prefer the company’s product. If Don worked there he’d probably drink himself to death in a month!

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

      You live in the motherland, and work for a distillery, and don’t appreciate whiskey? This has to be some kind of mistake! Read this and lets talk! https://beerandwhiskeybros.com/2010/06/25/dons-top-5-whiskeys-for-noobs/

      • November 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

        Now hold on! I appreciate bourbon (and, here, we are sure to make the distinction!). I can pick out a good smelling bourbon from a hundred paces, but I can’t drink the stuff. It all completely stems from poor choices in my youth and a bad experience with one of the local products!

        I have a husband that more than makes up for my distate for bourbon. He loves the stuff!

        • Don
          November 23, 2010 at 10:49 am #

          I just can’t imagine someone who lives in Kentucky and doesn’t like bourbon. It’s like being a dentist that lives in a candy factory!

  11. November 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    I’ll never tell!

    But, keep up the great work. I usually get a daily laugh or two here and love what you guys have created!

    • November 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, random unknown person. I couldn’t even guess at who you might be, even looking at your avatar Scott…uh… I mean Mr. Mysterious.

  12. Shane
    November 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Been reading for a few weeks now after seeing your blog linked on reddit and I must say it’s been one of the best things I’ve found there.

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer?

    No particular favorite style, but I do go crazy for pretty much anything out of Anderson Valley. Their Brother David is liquid gold. That and all of the Deschutes line up.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit?

    I’m not too big on spirits, but I do love some Highland Park single malt and Sailor Jerry rum. I also enjoy the occasional gin and tonic in the hot summer months.

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here?

    So far, I love seeing the beer pairings and pretty much any article that brings beer and Idaho together.

    4) How do you think we might make the site better?

    Hard to say right now. I think after I’ve been here a little longer, I’ll have a better idea of what else I’d like to see.

    5)Where do you live?

    Good ol’ Boise Idaho! I’m good friends with one of the co-owners of Brewer’s Haven, if I might plug their store a little. 😉

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog?

    Oh I’m a pretty big tech nerd. I’ve got a bunch of PCs and laptops and smart phones and all that. I have, however, opted for the tried and true route of a loud dog for my home security.

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

      Bringing beer and Idaho together is a little like moving to Ecuador for the snow! Although some (very few) are trying their best to fight the good fight. Rick over at Brewforia in Meridian has a strong selection, but it is ever changing and what was there one week is gone forever the next (looking at you Golden Monkey). Still others are brewing great beers in Idaho like Fred Kolby up in Sandpoint at the Laughing Dog Brewery, and the guys over in Victor at Grand Teton Brewing. But overall Idaho is a tough place to get a great selection of great American Craft brews. Its frustrating, but it is also part of why we like it here…Its a challenge!

  13. November 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    I think I’ve started to integrate myself nicely into the BWB community but just in case I’m not part of the cool kid’s club, I’ll answer these.

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer?
    My tastes are all over the map here. I’ve shifted a little bit away from the ultra-hoppy beers, but that’s only a function of them giving me heartburn (and not a dislike for them at all). The one style specifically that’ll get me every single time are Bocks and Doppelbocks.

    As for brewers, the ‘Sconnie kid inside of me has to go to bat for New Glarus. I’m like ‘Sconnie Appleseed, smuggling New Glarus brews to St. Louis and turning people on to beer the way it’s SUPPOSED to be made.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit?
    Uh… I’m afraid to answer this. Once every five years or so, I’ll allow myself a Maker’s. I have a bottle of Crown Royal Special Reserve at home that I really enjoy. But generally speaking, I stick to beer.

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here?
    I think it’s great that you guys are so approachable and engaged with the products you write about (you very obviously love beer and whiskey).

    4) How do you think we might make the site better?
    Hmmm… I got nothin’. The design/layout is good, the content is great… just keep rockin’ out what you’re already doing.

    5)Where do you live?
    In the Provel Cheese Capital of the World, St. Louis

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog?
    Unless you want a stuffed armadillo, I really don’t own anything worth stealing

    • November 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

      New Glarus is awesome, and not just because you can only get their stuff in Wisconsin. The details on their beers are amazing. There’s always a treasure buried in the taste.

      And congrats, you’re a member of the club. You’ll get your black leather “Cool Kids” jacket in the mail.

    • Don
      November 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

      John, next time you reach for a Makers, move just to the other side of it and pick up a Makers 46! That stuff is amazing, and it is quite amazing to me that just a little “extra” aging with some new wood in the barrel can make such a huge difference. I too love the New Glarus, at least the one beer I’ve had from them. (Enigma). And I want that Armadillo!

      Oh yeah, Jim forgot to mention the BWB comic book and secret decoder ring you get for entry into the Cool Kids Club. Look for those as well. 😉

      • November 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

        Hmmm…. that’s a good tip (re: the Makers 46). Is this a bar product, as well? Or store only kind of deal?

        If there was a BWB Comic Book, I’d subscribe. Comic books about beer and whiskey? Seriously, how awesome would that be?

        Strangely, I just wrote about the armadillo today, sort of. So there’s even a picture of it on my blog. His name is Ralph.

        • Don
          November 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

          Now….I really really want the Armadillo! The Makers 46 should be available in better stocked whiskey bars. That said, I’ve only ever bought it from the liquor store. And about that bottle of Crown Royal Special Reserve, DRINK IT! That is why they make it, to be drank and enjoyed! You can buy more. That is what stores are for. As for the BWB Comic Book, perhaps you could illustrate it for us. I saw some of your handy work on your blog a couple weeks back!

      • November 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

        I know exactly how the cover of that comic book would look. If I get some time, I’ll spackle it together.

        • November 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

          God help us!!

  14. David T (@ONUMello)
    November 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    I may have commented once or twice before, but indeed I am primarily a lurker. Shame on me, because I have myself posted on other forums that lurkers need to come out of the shadows yet here I am. Probably because I’m primarily a wine guy, but not a week goes by that I’m not drinking both craft beer AND whiskey. Answering your questions:

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? I like the opposite ends of the spectrum- light & dark: hefeweizens & porters/stouts. I’m not a big hop head.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? Of the whiskeys I’ve tried, three favorites are Four Roses, Makers Mark & Sazerac. I also love tequila.

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here?
    Actually for not being much of a commenter, I love the comments section- seeing you two reply back and forth to each other and especially the fact that you reply to almost everyone who leaves a post means a lot- many bloggers do not interact with their readers in the comment section!

    4) How do you think we might make the site better?
    Looking at the current front page of the site, all but one of the posts there is about beer. I know the title places beer first, but don’t skimp out on the whiskey posts! Looking at the archives it appears to be >4:1 beer as well. I like the Twitter feed and ‘friends’ links on the right side of the page. The only other thing I would consider is making the ‘categories’ drop down MUCH more prominent.

    5)Where do you live?
    Cleveland

    • November 22, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

      As Don is the whiskey guy, I’m happy you’ve pointed out he’s a slacker! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing, David!

    • Don
      November 23, 2010 at 10:44 am #

      David, I just want to go on record that I am not a slacker, as at least half the posts are mine! About a year ago I realized that there were way more beers than whiskeys to review, so I started double dipping, doing both whiskey and beer reviews and posts. Truth is I think our blog pretty accurately reflects the amount of activity out there in both camps. But do not be discouraged. I will keep up with the whiskey posts. PS, I love your Avatar. I’m a huge cheesehead!

      • David T (@ONUMello)
        November 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

        And I never said you were! I understand regarding the amount of activity. I have been to Lambeau twice, just never for a game. Can’t wait to change that!

  15. November 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    I’m Bim from the Beer Club For Men. I had the pleasure of meeting you both in Denver this year… way cooler than meeting Sam from DFH, but not as cool as drinking Pliny the Elder on tap in local Colorado bars!! What a treat for us right coasters!
    1.My favorite beer? Tough one. I have favorites within several different favorite styles. Favorite IPA is Pliny, favorite Russian Imperial Stout is Black Tuesday, and favorite all around beer is DFH’s Raison D’etre. I can drink this one all night, or until I pass out.
    2.Favorite spirit: Canadian Mist… love that sweetness. I also like an occasional shot of Captain Morgan Tattoo.
    3. Love your blog. I try to catch up every week. I think you guys do a really good job in presenting craft brews in a way that’s approachable to everyone. Not pretentious, but always insightful and entertaining.
    4. I have no suggestions for improvement, keep doing what you do.
    5. I live in Chesapeake, VA. I think that many, if not all, of our little club read your blog. There’s a few that we all follow regularly. Keep up the good work!

    • November 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

      As a proud owner of a Beer Club For Men T-shirt, I can say it’s great to see you here Bim. It was also great to meet you guys at GABF – your cistom bowling shirts were awesome. Unlike the crap we were wearing. You guys do it right!

    • Don
      November 23, 2010 at 10:46 am #

      I just want to point out Bim that I was told at GABF that indeed you had a “big” shirt for me. I have yet to see said big shirt! 😉

  16. November 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    While keeping my lurk on lock, I wanted to comment about the best part about what y’all do here. The fact that one of the two of you (if not both) comments on every single comment yourself is amazing. It’s a real touch of connection to the community, which is quite a rarity online.

    • November 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

      Thanks, Blaise! It’s something that we did from day one (or however many days it took for us to get that first comment) and we’ve kept doing. It wasn’t by design, we we’re just excited that folks bothered to share their thoughts.

      I think it’s one of the reasons the site has been successful. It’s certainly what has kept Don and I going the whole time. Interacting in the comments is the best part for us.

      Well that and the time we each got a box of whiskey from Wild Turkey. That was pretty awesome too.

    • Don
      November 23, 2010 at 10:48 am #

      I really loved that box of whiskey! Now that it is all gone, I wish I had more!

  17. November 22, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    I don’t think you answered the first ever comment! Or did you???? 😉

    • November 23, 2010 at 6:38 am #

      I think I did, Scott. It involved your porn mustache!

  18. November 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    Hey Bros,

    I’m Kelly – I’m only a Google-reader kind of lurker, but since you went out of your way to bring the crowd in a little closer, I wanted to say, “Hey! I love your blog!”

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer?
    Stouts or sour ales, depending on the mood.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit?
    I love whiskey, but haven’t sampled much from the higher-end brands. It’s usually a little easier to shell out 8 bucks for a good beer than $8 for a good liquor. For now, I can only peer up helplessly to the top-shelf offerings.

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here?
    Definitely the reviews. They’re so painfully honest, and a treat to read.

    4) How do you think we might make the site better?
    Can’t think of much. I love the quirky flow of the posts, and I think that over-structuring the blog would only detract.

    5)Where do you live?
    Originally from Saginaw, MI, but currently residing in Ann Arbor, MI for graduate school.

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog?
    I have….a record player and a cat?

    • Don
      November 23, 2010 at 10:41 am #

      Welcome Kelly! As for the whiskey, I can help you out. Pick up a bottle of Ancient Ancient Age 10 star. Here in Idaho it is only 15 bucks and it can go as low as $13 if they are running a promotion. This is good whiskey and cheap. About a year ago I did an exploration of the lower shelf brands and offerings, and this was by far the best and it is actually quite good for a “cheap Whiskey”. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

  19. November 23, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    I´m also a new reader. This blog is quite unique and intresting to explore. Jim and Don I really love you style to write!!

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? Lappland´s gold (Lapin kulta in Finnish), it´s a lager in Finland! Santa Claus, northpole and so on.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? Well, maybe I´m too patriotic, but it´s Finlandia Vodka.

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here? The Brothers of course!

    4) How do you think we might make the site better? Surprise me!

    5)Where do you live? Finland, Hämeenlinna.

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog? Women power, 4 daughters and 2 female cats! Somekind of husband also!!

    • Don
      November 23, 2010 at 10:51 am #

      That is a brave man! Your husband should be commended or given a metal or something. I myself have four sons and my wife definitely rules the roost!

      • November 23, 2010 at 10:57 am #

        I’m sure her house is tidier, but there is far more door slamming than at your place, Don.

        And welcome Hepuna. I’ll have to keep an eye out for Finnish lager – I’ve never had a beer from your country. I have had stuff from Norway. I guess just like America, those “west coasters” get all the glory!

        • Don
          November 23, 2010 at 11:15 am #

          I’m sure there is more door slamming, but I sure she doesn’t have near as many holes in her walls!

  20. November 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi guys! I’m Evie and, like many of your other posters, I’m fairly new to your site (but not to good beer).

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer?
    I like a good ale, and am a huge fan of Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing.
    I’m enamored of DFH’s Raison D’etre when I want something sweeter.
    If I need something lighter on the palette I’ll happily down Newcastle Brown Ale, as well.
    When I can find it on tap, I’ll pick Coopersmith’s Highland Scottish Ale every time.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit?
    Sorry, Don, I know it’s sacrilege, but I can’t stomach whiskey. I do, however, love me some gin. I prefer Beefeater to the more ‘top shelf’ stuff. I find both Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire to be sweeter, thus making my G&T taste more like G&Sweet and requiring a far higher ratio of lime to gin than is acceptable.

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here?
    I love that you post regularly, and always have something interesting to say.
    I love that you always respond to commenters and often to each other also; that back-&-forth play is fun.
    I love that I get to hear about beers I’ve not yet tried.

    4) How do you think we might make the site better?
    Send me beer?

    5)Where do you live?
    I’m a Florida girl by birth, but my heart (and my rent check) belongs to Costa Rica.

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog?
    I have a lap top and an antique iPod.
    As for security, do the half-wild kitten who’s adopted me and the family of howler monkeys in my trees count? They’re both equally likely to yowl at you if you’re a stranger, and the howlers might pee on your head if you stand under them long enough.

    • November 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      You win on two counts, Evie: Best answer to question #4 and Best Security System (howler monkeys beat poodles).

      Thanks for playing!

      • November 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

        Yay! I have the sweet, sweet satisfaction of winning…but probably not of getting free beer. Oh well, que sera, sera.

  21. November 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Kim from Beerliving.com here. I stumbled on your site a few months ago and have really enjoyed it. I am usually a lurker, but with your call out for readers to chime in, I thought I would chime in. Now for your specific questions:

    1. Favorite beer or style of beer? I truly enjoy all styles of beer. As a general rule I lean towards the maltier side rather than the hoppier side. If someone put a gun to my head and forced me to pick one favorite style, it would be a Belgian Trippel . But once they lowered the gun I would be back drinking all the others.

    2. Favorite distilled beverage? Bourbon. But the majority of my alcohol budget is consumed by beer. So I go the cheap route and enjoy Ezra Brooks.

    3. The favorite part of your site? I like the easy going approach. Its like we are sitting at a table in our favorite drinking establishment talking about beer, whiskey and life. Actually its more like I’m lurking at the table behind yours as you talk about beer, whiskey and life.

    4. Ways to improve site? No real constructive thoughts here. Just keep being yourselves. Maybe free bottles of pricey bourbon to all lurkers who leave comments.

    5. I live in Orlando, Fl.

    6. As far as electronics, I had been working on a Wii prototype where the controller looks exactly like a bottle of beer. I thought it would be really cool to play Wii ping pong with a beer bottle. But in the middle of football games I kept picking it up and taking a big sip. Wii controllers shaped like beer bottles do not taste the best. Your welcome to it. Along with the dog.

    Keep up the great work guys!

    • November 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

      Thanks for coming into the light, Kim. I’ll keep an eye out for you creeping around in the background next time I’m at a table in my favorite drinking establishment talking about beer. 🙂

      That Wii controller sounds interesting, but it would be tough to explain to my wife why the kids were waving beers around in the family room. That’s my job!!

  22. Alex
    November 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    I’m very new to this site; Avery linked to your post about them through their Twitter feed today and I’ve been reading through some of the older posts. Great blog!

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? A year ago I probably would have said that anything other than an imperial stout or double IPA would not be worth my time. Although those are still two of my favorite styles, I’ve learned to appreciate the subtle differences in sessionable beers, like American pilsners or rye lagers. Short answer: I don’t have a favorite style. I’m always on the lookout for something new.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? I’m a bourbon guy. My favorites are Knob Creek and Booker’s, but I need to develop my palate a bit more. I’ve had some very interesting scotches, but not enough to really appreciate the differences between them.

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here? I like the variety of the posts and the laid back vibe of the comments section.

    4) How do you think we might make the site better? I like Evie’s response above.

    5)Where do you live? Denver, CO. Lots of great breweries in easy driving distance!

    6)What kind of electronic equipment do you own and do you have a security system or a dog? My Tandy desktop is protected by a security system that I also purchased at Radio Shack. So don’t even think about messing with it . . .

    • November 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

      We never mess with security apparatuses purchased at Radio Shack, Alex. That’d be insane.

      Sounds like your tastes in beer is a lot like mine, and your taste in bourbon is a lot like Don’s. A lost brother, perhaps?

      Dad did visit Denver a lot when we were kids. Used to talk about “The Mile High Club” or some such thing… 😉

      • Don
        November 24, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

        I believe the correct word would be apparati.

  23. November 25, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    Fav type of beer is IPA and hop bombs.
    A maker’s mark old fashioned suits me just find.
    I’m in Virginia.
    I love the beer reviews about beers I haven’t tried.
    Keep on keeping on, enjoy the hell out of the blog.

    • November 25, 2010 at 11:50 am #

      Thanks for chiming in, Shane. Today is a good day for hoppy beers, so let me be the first to say Hoppy Thanksgiving!

      And yes, I went there!

  24. Greg K.
    November 27, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    As the name states, my name is Greg. Been reading since I was looking for KBS in Jersey last March (or was it April?) when a twitter search led me here.

    1) What’s your favorite beer or style of beer? I love Imperial IPAs, although I’ve come around in a big way on Russian Imperial Stouts in the past year.

    2) What’s your favorite whiskey or distilled spirit? Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon. Specifically Pappy Van Winkle. Now where can I find some of that Rare BCS? Hah

    3)What is your favorite part of what we do here? I like the fact that your posts aren’t just Beer Advocate reviews. I love Beer Advocate and love to read the reviews on there, but it seems like a lot of blogs are just going through the motions when they post a review of a beer. If I wanted to read all of that, I’d just go to BA. There’s a great variety to the posts here.

    4) How do you think we might make the site better? The comments section clearly works, but maybe some type of small forum where people here can help each other setting up trades. It seems like you’ve got a good little community going on here, and I feel like the commenters here would be more willing to help each other out than trying to trade with strangers on BA or RateBeer.

    5)Where do you live? Northern NJ

    • November 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, Greg. You nailed it when you said that Beer Advocate has reviews covered. And if they don’t, all the blogs that do reviews do. We set out to do something else, and this is where we wound up.

      I hope you managed to get some Founders Backwoods Bastard in the past couple of weeks. The place across from Home Depot in Fairfield might still have some. Between there and Liquor Outlet, we are (thankfully) spoiled!

  25. Greg K.
    November 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Yeah I panicked and overpayed a bit at Stew Leonard’s in Clifton last week. Just got tapped at the Copper Mine in North Arlington today so I may head over and fill my growler up too

    • November 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

      Being smart and panicking are two very different things. I’ve overpaid in the past and have been happy to learn it was my only shot at something rare.

      And a growled fill sounds amazing. I gotta check out the Copper Mine soon.

      • Greg K.
        November 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

        I guess I just expected it to fly off the shelves like KBS. I’ve seen it everywhere since I bought it.

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