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Meredith Heil

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Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m a huge sports fan. There’s something undeniably mesmerizing about the piercing crack of a bat, the seismic boom of a final buzzer, the arcing spiral of a expertly thrown touch down pass. And its beauty--much like craft beer--lies in its simplicity. The ability for young superstars like Steph Curry and Clayton Kershaw to step in and change century-old games with a compelling mix of innovation and skill mirrors the...
Nothing puts me more at ease after a long day of work than a beer and a shot combo. Usually, these offerings are on the cheaper end of the spectrum--a sweaty bottle of Bud or can of PBR accompanied by a short pour of lukewarm well whiskey, served with a knowing wink from the barkeep. Having two vessels at my total discretion gives me a sense of wholeness, a sense of choice and sovereignty--do...
When it comes to summertime daytrip destinations, I’ve always held Coney Island in the highest esteem--the rides are tall and rickety, the hot dogs are hot and steamy and the freaks are always the freakiest. But while the boardwalk is a veritable institution among us New Yorkers, it’s long been viewed as a craft beer dead zone. Frozen Pina Coladas? Sure thing. Sweaty bottles of MacroLite? No problem. But, I’ve heard, you’ll have to...
I’ve never been a nautical person. I spent half my growing up years in landlocked Missouri with a mother who got violently seasick just looking at a boat on dry land, despite being raised by a decorated Navy Captain. Boats were just never part of my life--that is, until now. After receiving a leisurely dinner boat sojourn through the East River as a gift last month, I decided to make it my business to be...

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