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Tea Pet

Had tea with this little guy at Tea Drunk in NYC. Then spent hours online trying to find one to buy (This one at Tea Drunk is spoken for).

Anyone know where to get this little guy?
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INTEGREZ LE WORLD S FAMILY
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Hamilton at The Public

This play has been on my radar screen since The Public announced it last year. It's a musical rendition of the life of Alexander Hamilton done by the amazingly talented Lin-Manuel Miranda who did the show "In The Heights". 

This play seamlessly integrates musical styles from Hip Hop to Pop Ballad to classic Musical and beyond. It's a fresh take on history, well staged, well performed and exceptionally choreographed. The run at The Public was extended till May, but I'd be shocked if this show doesn't move uptown for a long Broadway run and then eventual national tour, it's that kind of show.

Hamilton is one of those rare plays that makes you want to run out and learn more about the historical figures in the play and is a view of history so visceral that it truly humanizes people who have become such an abstraction through history.

Loved it!

#HamitonPublic
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My predictions for 2015 in Spirits
 
2015 Spirit and Alcohol Trends Predictions
http://www.drinkspirits.com/general-spirits/2015-spirit-alcohol-trends-predictions/

Drink Spirits looks into our crystal ball at the drinking trends in spirits for 2015. See what we have to say about Cuban Rum, the War on Sugar, Spirit Scandals, and more.

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Pigeon Head Brewery in Reno, NV

The craft beer scene is starting to take off in Reno and I hit a few breweries to check it out. Pigeon Head is working on malting their own grain, that they grow (or is grown for them locally).

Their stand out beers were their Redrye Lager and Black Lager. Some nice balanced, clean beers. 

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Mmmmm beer, I can almost taste the hoppy goodness.
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Project Get Fit: Medicine Balls 

It's been a while since I posted anything about my #ProjectGetFit but fear not, i've been quietly plugging away at continuing to get fit. After working hard to eliminate sugar and crap from my diet, I signed myself and my son up for some training. We worked out together quite a bit before his Bar Mitzvah and it really helped him.

It was great having a running start on training. Having been working out on my own regularly for a while I felt like I had a base and competency to start working with a trainer. It has been a fantastic experience! Our trainer at the J, Andrew Simons is both a certified trainer and a MMA/Jujitsu fighter (with Team Gracie). 

This has meant that our work outs have been less about pushing big barbells of weights and more about dynamic, compound moves. We've done a lot of work on the Bosu ball and used Kettlebells quite a bit. But one of my favorite things I've done is work with medicine balls. Even though they aren't massively heavy (I use 12lbs) they pack a mean punch. Doing a medicine ball slam may just be the single best stress relieving exercise I've ever done. I had a particularly stressful day on Thursday and after a few big slams, I unwound.

Training with my son has also been pretty amazing. Now, my project get fit isn't just taking care of myself and getting into shape, it's also good time I'm sharing with my son, and a gift of health and fitness he'll have for his whole life.

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Theater Chains Give In To Terrorists
https://www.yahoo.com/movies/the-interview-pulled-amc-regal-cinemark-105457697412.html

This is shameful, these theater chains battle the studios ALL the time about home entertainment windows and such and yet they won't stand up and support a movie that's under attack. I hope Sony has the balls to release this right to VOD. Screw the theater owners, if they won't play it, then it should go out to everyone.

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Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all decided against showing the film.
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I agree!  It definitely should go on VOD.  The movie is a comedy.  
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Behind The Scenes of the Ultimate Spirits Challenge
http://www.drinkspirits.com/other/behind-the-scenes-of-the-ultimate-spirits-challenge/

Drink Spirits takes a look behind the scenes of the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and discusses why it's one of the nation's best run competitions.

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Under Rose Brewery in Reno
A very promising craft brewer in Reno making a wide range of really nice clean beers. Standout included their Saison Beer and their Dubbel Beer.

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+Peter F. Thunders I agree, I liked their porter too. Didn't love the candy cane porter, but that was meant to be kind of a crazy beer.
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Bucket List #211 - Fire a Cannon

Always nice to check something off a bucket list. (I also flew a helicopter that day too, which was on the list)

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An interesting year for spirits.
 
2014 Year in Spirits Review
http://www.drinkspirits.com/general-spirits/2014-spirits-year-review/

We take a look back at the year in spirits for 2014 with the highlights and lowlights of the spirits industry.

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I was at a couple of Central Kentucky Bourbon distilleries yesterday.  Everyone is scrambling to produce more, better, faster but it will be a number of years before the increased production will be available to meet demand.  In addition, distillers are hesitant to increase production too much because the fickle drinking public may move on to another drink as quickly as they flocked to top shelf Bourbon as your article points out with flavored vodka.  Distillers are also concerned that increased production not have a negative impact on quality.  
Thanks Geoff for sharing the post.  I hope you have a great new year.
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DUBS - Making Earplugs "cool"

I experienced hearing loss from going to an ear bleedingly loud show when I was young and now as an adult I've been much more protective of my ears when i go to concerts our loud clubs. For a long time I've been using the Ear Love earplugs, which have worked but have never been all that comfort comfortable.

I spotted these DUBS in a magazine and decided to give them a try, I was pretty amazed at how much more I liked them.

DUBS fits pretty snugly in the ear so there isn't much protruding beyond your ear lobe. One of the things I never liked about Ear Love is it felt like I had these little spikes hanging out of my ears. Once you get DUBS in they are very hard to see, especially in a dark club.

DUBS did a great job of lowering the volume considerably while still maintaining the integrity of the sound. They are rated at -12db, but it really depends on the shape of your ear compared to the earplugs. I tested them out at a very loud club with a popular EDM DJ. Unlike the Ear Love which I often had to take out and replace (due to irritation), I found that once I put the DUBS in, they stayed put for the whole night. I wore them for about 2 1/2 hours comfortably with only minor soreness at the end.

Ultimately, the DUBS are cool. From the package they come in, to the way they look in your ears. My oldest daughter refuses to wear ear plugs at loud concerts because of the look, and these look good enough she's willing to wear them. That's HUGE. Making ear protection cool isn't an easy task and DUBS has done it with a quality product. I only wish they had these when I was younger, I might actually have better hearing now. I absolutely recommend these DUBS.

http://www.getdubs.com/

Thank you DUBS for providing me a sample pair of earplugs to test. I'm now an absolute fan of the product!

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Game Night

This is the great selection of games that one of our game group members brought to game night.

We ended up playing:
Bang The Dice Game
Yardmaster
Las Vegas
Machi Koro
Skulls

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What is best for a mixed crowd that HR will not have a problem with?
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Professional Drinker, Writer at DrinkSpirits.com, Vlogger, Speaker and Entrepreneur
Introduction

I am the founder, and managing editor of Drink Spirits and online magazine that helps people figure out what to drink. Beyond writing reviews, I enjoy going behind the scenes of notable brands around the world.

Some of the my favorite behind the scenes experiences have included Highland Park, Maker's Mark and Ketel One.

This year I caught the Vlogging bug and began to shoot video companions to most of our key articles. All our videos can be found on the Drink Spirits YouTube Page. One of my favorite ones up there is the series I shot in Trinidad for Carnival. While there are 5 videos in that series, the one that seems to have captured it the best is Episode 5.

Because of my job I travel quite a bit and love to share my photos in the +Travel Photography community as well as via twitter and instagram and of course on G+!  I love food (and often share what I'm eating to Foodies+) but have vowed never to be a food blogger. I also LOVE movies (I used to own and run DVD Talk) but I'm not a movie geek, I have to use IMDB just as much as everyone else to look stuff up. I went to school for film and photography and love to take pictures. 

One of my favorite pastimes is walking. Give me an amazing city and someone cool to talk to and I'll walk and talk for hours. It's one of the reasons I love NY and great walking cities like London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona.

Professional Biography:

Geoffrey Kleinman is the founder, and managing editor of DrinkSpirits.com, an online magazine dedicated to help people explore the vast world of distilled spirits. He is a nationally recognized spirits columnist, and has contributed to Playboy Magazine, Black Book Magazine and Essential Homme. He is also currently on the review team of Whisky Advocate Magazine.

As a leading expert on spirits and mixology, Geoff is often cited and has appeared in the Wall St. JournalBusiness Insider, Yahoo Finance and Esquire. He jas also served as a judge for many spirit and cocktail competitions throughout the country. 

Prior to Drink Spirits, Geoff founded and managed DVDTalk.com, one of the top 1000 web sites on the Internet.  He was one of the early podcasting pioneers with DVDTalk Radio and an early mover with RSS and email newsletters. He first connected with the net in 1988 under bitnet and has hooked ever since.

Geoff is the founder of the Society of Modern Journalists, is Bar Certified by the Beverage Alcohol Resource Group, and is a Kentucky Colonel. Read him at http://www.DrinkSpirits.com.

Personal Life:

In 2012 I moved my family from Portland, Oregon to Marblehead, MA. It was a massive life change and one which has completely reshaped my life and my family.  I grew up on the west coast but have always had a deep love for the east coast. While the move was tough, settling in has been easy and I've loved being a part of all the great local sports that Boston has to offer (#GoBruins)!

I have two daughters (one of them a teenager, thus the emergence of grey hairs on my head) and one son. My wife Heather is the co-editor of Drink Spirits and the source of great inspiration and sanity. Parker, my dog is a labradoodle and one of the goofiest and most loving dogs I've ever met. 

You can contact me via G+ or email me at geoff (at) kleinman.com

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    Editor and key reviewer for Drink Spirits.
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    Writer, Consultant, Entrepreneur, 2014
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    Buying guide writer/reviewer.
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