Interview with Andy Shernoff: Masterplan From The Dictators

Queens-born Andy Shernoff grew up yearning to be a rock star just like fellow Kings County natives Johnny Thunders, Gene Simmons, Joey Ramone, the Fleshtones, and New York Dolls’ Syl Sylvain must’ve done. Founding the Dictators in the early ‘70s, he gradually became a key figure in the rudimentary development …

by   |  11/30/2011  |  Comments (4)

Beer Trails: Little Falls 381 Main Celebrates Jersey Craft Brewers

An exquisite upscale sports bar, 381 Main sure knows how to throw a great autumnal Saturday beer bash. Inviting every Jersey microbrewery to bring sixtels, kegs or bottles of their finest offerings for a sunny October afternoon shindig proved to be quite successful, as local patrons, eager beer geeks and …

by   |  11/10/2011  |  Comments Off on Beer Trails: Little Falls 381 Main Celebrates Jersey Craft Brewers

Beer Trails: Successful First Annual Asbury Park Beerfest

While various Octoberfests celebrate Germany’s greatest bohemian tradition and the Great American Beer festival boasts enormous participation amongst thousands of beer geeks and hundreds of brewers, the smaller Asbury Park Beerfest took a few steps towards significance in its first annual event. Held at Asbury Park’s Convention Center on Saturday, …

by   |  11/03/2011  |  Comments (1)

Interview with Jared Swilley from The Black Lips: Climbing To The Summit

Hailing from the expanding northerly Atlanta suburb of agricultural metropolis Dunwoody, GA, the Black Lips steadily ransack rock and roll’s past to reenergize the here and now. While attending grade school together, the three original members precipitously discovered the joy of music and have since embarked on an enduringly fruitful …

by   |  10/26/2011  |  Comments (2)

Beer Trails: Freaktoberfest Kicks Serious Ass

An eclectic array of hardened beer enthusiasts converged at popular Park Slope, Brooklyn, music club Southpaw to try some of the best offerings ever available under one roof. From the righteously stylized to the diligently experimental, Freaktoberfest 2011 had something for everyone this breezy Friday evening. Trendy Black IPA’s and …

by   |  10/14/2011  |  Comments (1)

Asbury Park Beer Festival: Drink Up!

The inaugural Asbury Park Beer Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 8 at Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Two sessions will be open to brew hounds—the first from noon to 4 p.m. and the second from 6 to 10 p.m. Redevelopers Madison Marquette, who have sponsored the Asbury Park boardwalk …

by   |  10/05/2011  |  Comments (1)

Beer Trails: Hoboken’s Pilsener Haus & Biergarten Takes Off

Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part. Cutting through red tape and getting local politicians onboard for a new venture could cost many young entrepreneurs the chance of a lifetime.

It may’ve taken three motivated European immigrants two-and-a-half years to finally get clearance for Hoboken’s first ever biergarten but it …

by   |  09/15/2011  |  Comments Off on Beer Trails: Hoboken’s Pilsener Haus & Biergarten Takes Off

Interview with Peter Morén from Peter Bjorn and John: Good Enough To ‘Gimme Some’

In a fair world, seasoned Swedish trio, Peter Bjorn and John, would’ve been big pop stars. An eclectic combo fashioning engagingly melodic hook lines with a keen eye looking towards rock and roll’s glorious past, these versatile Scandinavians bounce between various familiar contemporary styles while stuck just outside stardom’s short …

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Beer Trails: Hunterdon Distributors Liberate Jersey Beer Market

Right at the inception of New Jersey’s historic craft beer movement in 1996, just as brewpubs were popping up everywhere, two local beer enthusiasts boldly attempted to change the buying habits of mainstream Garden State consumers. Like most eager entrepreneurs, the daring duo struggled to make ends meet while trying …

by   |  09/02/2011  |  Comments (1)

Beer Trails: South Jersey, North Philly And Lancaster Welcome New Pubs

New brewpubs keep popping up all over Pennsylvania and Jersey. During a mid-July sojourn through sun-drenched Philly and beyond, I took in a few new drinking establishments.

While Manheim’s sylvan JoBoy’s embraced thrifty conventionality, the other three pubs let their freak flag fly. One freshly franchised Jersey public house, a …

by   |  08/12/2011  |  Comments Off on Beer Trails: South Jersey, North Philly And Lancaster Welcome New Pubs


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