Author: brian

Salvation Road: A Post Apocalyptic Delight

Over the past couple months I have put down the video game controller and have picked up another really cool hobby, board games. It started with the game Pandemic, which I’ll talk about in a later post, but the whirlwind of new games I have picked up lead me to one of current favorites, Salvation Road. Check out my unboxing below: Salvation Road is a post apocalyptic looting/survival gaming where the only objective is to fill your truck with supplies in hopes of making your way to Salvation. In your way are hordes of marauders who are swarming your compound as you are trying to load up you truck, as well as bad guys at various locations wounding you as you search for fuel, ammo, meds and food. What drew me to the game first of all was the artwork. Every bit of detail from the game board, which looks like someone was scribbling all over an end of the world style map, to the location cars that are Polaroid photos you place on the map. Even the art on the game pieces are particularly well done. This was the first game in my collection that I had to punch out pieces. I felt this process to be a very calm and zen moment. Something about punching out each little piece of the game I’m about to play really increased the anticipation to play. There are even custom dice for this game that deal out damage to your player, but...

Let’s Not Talk Beer 1 – JT Thompson

Welcome to a new podcast from Ben and Brian of Let’s Talk Beer called Let’s Not Talk Beer. In this podcast series we will be sitting down with personalities from the Seacoast and talking to them about their lives, loves, and liquor. You may recognize some guests from the beer world but you won’t hear anything about beer in the conversations we have. In the pilot episode of Let’s Not Talk Beer we are talking with JT Thompson of Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose Brewery. We discuss, among other hot topics, Phish shame, Mel Brooks, the rise of Kittery and the best years of Portsmouth, as well as Brian’s inner love for Linkin Park and Wrestling. The drink of choice during this show was The Dalmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch We hope you enjoy! -Brian & Ben Subscribe today on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.

Rocket League – Why All Bars Need This Game

Originally posted on I am not a big sports fan, which goes against the ever-lasting bond of sports and beer. However, I am a video game fanatic. Seldom have the two worlds collided in a big way until right now. Enter Rocket League. Developer Psyonix was able to send me an early review code before the game was publicly released, so they too saw the importance of Beer and Video Games. Rocket League is the long awaited sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars for the Playstation 3. To simplify the concept for a moment, the game is “Soccer/Futbol with cars that have rocket boosters on them”. Game Modes In Rocket League, the objective is to score as many goals as you can in the allotted time. The game is broken up into 3 main modes. In Exhibition, you and up to 4 friends locally play against computer bots or play against each other. For Playstation 4 owners this is the game that gives you the reason to buy at least one more controller. This game is meant to be played on the couch with friends or at great arcade bars like Arcadia National Bar in Portland, ME. In Season mode, you compete against computer bots in a longer running season. This mode is great for those who want to take the game offline and hone their skills. Finally there is Online mode, the belly of the beast. Just like in Exhibition mode, you compete in 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 or...

02 – Live from Coat of Arms

Brian and Ben of Let’s Talk Beer host a special edition of the Seacoast Beverage Lab podcast with’s Sean Jansen in honor of Portsmouth Beer Week. We talk to brewers from Great Rhythm, Smuttynose and Stoneface. Check it out!