The Brew Hop 5K – Running and Beer in NYC!

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The Brew Hop
First Annual 5K + Craft Beer Festival
Set To Take Place On Sunday, September 18th
On Randall’s Island
 
Featuring 12 Local Breweries, With More To Be Announced
 
Early Bird Tickets Now Available While Supplies Last

Now, I love a cold tasty brew on a warm NYC summer day. Especially during this heat wave we are going through! So much swamp ass! The beer lover in me is always up to trying something new. Then again, over these past five months or so I have pretty much cut out a lot of my boozing antics, along with a better overall diet, and incorporated running as part of my training. Mainly 5K runs this year as I am halfway to my goal of ten races. Running is a love/hate thing with me, so when I found out that a 5K event is coming to NYC that combines the grueling exhilaration of completing a race along with the fun exuberance of a beer festival I was all over it!

Are you kidding me? This sounds awesome! It’s literally right in my backyard so I have to do this. Seriously, anyone who likes to run and also enjoys a good beer should check this out. Run your 3.2 miles, get all hot and sweaty, then cool down with some terrific New York based brewery selections.

Here are some tidbits and details from their official press release –

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The Brew Hop is excited to announce their first annual 5K + Craft Beer Festival, coming to Randall’s Island Park on Sunday, September 18th. Tickets are officially on-sale to the public, with Early Bird tickets available while supplies last. The event will feature complimentary tastings from craft breweries around the Greater New York Area, such as: Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths, Third Rail Beer, Bronx Brewery, Gun Hill Brewing Company, Rockaway Brewing, KelSo Beer Company, Alphabet City Brewing, Blue Point Brewing Company, Great South Bay Brewery, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, and more to be announced. Some dang good breweries here, and I should know, as I have consumed many a pint from each.

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The Brew Hop is a brand new event that gives attendees the chance to combine their love for running and craft beer, aiming to build a bridge between two seemingly unrelated yet perfectly compatible pastimes. The day starts off with a 5K race (Registration @ 10am | Race @ 12pm) followed by a festival from 12:30pm – 4pm for attendees to indulge in the best beer and food New York City has to offer. Runners will receive a congratulatory medal at the end of the race! For those interested in solely partaking in the post-race festivities, there is a ‘Beer Fest Only’ ticket available for purchase. VIP tickets are also available for purchase, which will grant access to a private lounge area with wait staff to get beers for you, free massages, private bathrooms, exclusive food and beer offerings, and a limited edition poster.  All attendees will enjoy complimentary beer samples with their ticket purchase, along with a tasting glass, koozie, and other surprises from participating breweries.

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The post-race festival will feature live music, lawn games, brewery row, art installations, local food trucks, vendor village, and seating areas. What a great way to enjoy a Sunday in September!

It’s also tied in to a great cause. The Brew Hop will benefit City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization, by donating 10% of the proceeds directly to the charity. There will also be a food drive on-site for attendees who wish to bring non-perishable food items to donate. https://www.cityharvest.org/

EVENT DETAILS: 
The Brew Hop – 5K + Craft Beer Festival
DATE: Sunday, September 18th
TIME: Registration Opens: 10:00 AM
 Race Starts: 12:00 PM
 Festival: 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
VENUE: Randall’s Island Park, NYC
TICKET INFO: 5K + Beer Fest: VIP – $100, Early Bird – $45, Advanced – $60, Same Day – $75
                         Beer Fest Only: VIP – $90, Early Bird – $35, Advanced – $50, Same Day – $65
 
 
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The Counter NYC – create your own burger feast!

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Doing it my way with a veggie burger and salad combo. Pineapple for the win!

Yeah, yeah, I know. Here’s a guy who has quit eating red meats, steak, pork, bacon (my one regret), and burgers penning an opinion on a burger joint. In the godforsaken land known as NYC’s Disneyfied Times Square. How can he be so brazen? Really dude? Really bro?

Hey, don’t judge. I still like what I like and have an opinion. I am a New Yorker, so you know we all have one. Don’t know about all those giving this little joint sub par reviews on internet sites, and don’t really care, as I have to say during my visit here just recently in the tourist hell-hole known as “The Crossroads of the World” I kind of enjoyed my meal at The Counter in NYC.

Quick, courteous, and friendly service.

Clean and nicely air-conditioned. (Always a plus with me as I hate eating in swamp ass conditions.)

Small dining area with plenty of seating crammed in, and some counter spots by the tiny bar, but do-able overall. The high ceilings, large windows, and modern decor make it a chill looking spot and offer some cool views of neon signs at night. Makes it feel like a larger space than it is. Plus, weirdo people watching is a guilty pleasure.  Continue reading

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Olio e Piu – pizza love while dining al fresco in NYC

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Made the mistake of sharing this pizza. Wanted it all!

Sitting outside and eating pizza on a beautiful Spring Day in NYC. One of the joys of life here in the big city.

We have all been there. You walk by a spot seemingly hundreds of times and never notice it. If you do, then you never bother to give it a try. One late afternoon the weather was too good to pass by again, and a table was beckoning to us to take a seat at Olio e Piu.

While wandering around the West Village we stopped by this resto for an early dinner. I can’t even count the amount of times I had walked by this place, but so glad the aroma of pizza and Italian food lured us in. As it was a perfectly sunny day out and not too hot we sat on the outside patio seating which is kind of picturesque with all the flowers and plants adorning the space. A friendly waiter handed us menus and told us about some specials. We were having none of that! Just hand over the pizza and back away slowly. Back away! Continue reading

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Kings Theatre in Brooklyn – a phoenix rising from the ashes.

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Wow!

That’s the word that came to mind when we stepped in here last night to see the Whitesnake concert in this beautifully renovated theater.

The Kings Theatre is easy to get to from Manhattan by taking the Q subway to the Beverly Road station and walking a few minutes over. It was that simple.

I just could not fathom that this theater was closed for decades. They did a wonderful job bringing it back to its ornate glory. The thick dark woods, chandeliers, red velvet curtains, period furniture, images along the walls, the ceilings in the lobby and main theater, the regal architectural stylings, the amazing faces and carvings along the walls around the stage, and the old school marquee out front listing the night’s event were all breathtaking. There truly is so much to see here, especially if you are one who enjoys the grandiosity of old-school architecture, and a piece of Brooklyn that harkens to a bygone era of NYC entertainment. Continue reading

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A little Tex-Mex love in an old familiar NYC space.

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Colorful & Cheery Interior! Photo credit – Avenida Cantina.

Avenida Cantina? Why does this place seem so familiar?

Cheap, filling, and tasty Tex Mex in the space Idle Hands bar used to be. In these days NYC is constantly changing and evolving, yet it still took me by surprise when we wandered in here for some post happy hours eats and realized it was an old haunt of ours.

Upstairs dining area is totally repainted and redecorated in a bright cheerful decor but we still recognized the layout of a bar we had some good times at. Oh, the drunken memories! Idle Hands had a solid beer and whiskey list, rock and metal bar in a hovel of a basement lair downstairs, burger joint and tater tots to chow down on upstairs, along with a bunch of Yelp events we attended here. Continue reading

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Ranting away at 30,000 feet in the air. Heat, farts, and biz travel.

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Escaping NYC for a few days and heading to Las Vegas for a biz trip. Normally, that would be all fine and dandy except for the fact that it’s a raging inferno of heat there this week! Temps soaring close to 110 degrees each day makes for extreme swamp ass!

Dry air my ass! Hot is hot!

Business travel is always a hassle, but a necessary evil for many of us. Especially those of us in the ad sales game. There are always numerous clients to visit, conventions to attend, and other various business functions in different places. I used to actually enjoy flying, as I still like to visit different cities across the USA and see the sights when I have the time. It used to be a lot of fun. Yet, nowadays air travel makes me want to strangle people! I think many of us feel that way. At least now we have the option to stay connected up in the air. I am using the plane’s WiFi and typing this all in real-time as it’s happening. Continue reading

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Moist Balls! I don’t think anybody saw that coming!

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Well, the past few months have been quite a change for me. I don’t think many people saw that coming. Not even myself!

Who the heck would have thought that I would make a major life change such as abstaining from red meats, chicken, pork, and most booze. All the things that give me the warm fuzzies. Well, as for the booze let’s just say I cut back significantly, but ain’t no way I’m giving up a tasty cold brew now and then. Especially with warm swampass weather already hitting NYC.

Oh yeah, what the heck is Mother Nature doing? Not only do we get her bi-polar ass messing with the whole Winter, then screwing up our Spring when it seemed like the ice age was making a comeback, but now she is subjecting us to premature SWAMPASS heat! Sorry, but it’s not supposed to be close to 90 degrees in May! Well, there goes my electric bill. The air conditioning in our apartment has been working overtime already. I like to sleep in comfortable sub-arctic conditions. If I can see my breath in the air while laying in bed I’m a happy boy! Just throw on a comforter and a blanket and wrap yourself in. Boom. Like one giant pink naked “pig in a blanket”. (Damn, I miss eating those.)

No one wants to have moist balls. MOIST BALLS. Yes, MOIST. Yeah, I said it. That WORD. (I know how so many people hate that word.) Good, now you all have the image of my balls being moist in your mind. You’re welcome. Moist. Continue reading

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