Beer Minute 02/14/17 – Riverwalk Expands

This just in from Jessica Bartlett – Reporter from Boston Business Journal Newburyport, MA’s RiverWalk Brewing is about to get a new home. And it’s 10 times bigger. The brewery announced the plans during a public unveiling Saturday. The project, estimated to cost between $1 million and $1.5 million, will be funded partly through a MassDevelopment loan, as well as though a bank loan and a number of private investors. The new 20,000-square-foot space will allow the brewery to massively expand production, with plans to grow its 2,000-barrel annual output eventually to 20,000 barrels. The brewery has plans to add another 10 employees to its existing roster and also to brew more varieties of beer, recently having added several new hop contracts. The new tap room alone will be bigger than its current total space, with a 3,000-square-foot area offering 12 tap lines and the opportunity to sample full pints of beer. For more on this, check out the show notes for the link to the original article and always for more podcasts don’t forget to checkout LetsTalk.beer. Click here for the original article, courtesy of Boston Business Journal.

Brian’s Top 5 Video Games of 2016

If you were to tell me last year that 2016 would have provided me with some of the most fun video games I would play in a long time, I would have called you crazy. 2016 will go in the books as one of the best years in gaming for the current console generation. I am lucky enough to own both a Playstation 4 and a Xbox One, so I was able to take part in some great console exclusives. Top 10 lists are too long for me. I think I may have played a total of 10 games this year so having a top 5 means more to me. Here are my top 5 games of 2016. 5 – Gears of War 4 My main concern when they announced Gears of War 4 was it was that it was coming off the heels of one of the worst Gears of War games to be released, Gears of War Judgment. That game wasn’t a sequel per say, but if you slap the GOW name on it it should live up to it, not so with Judgment. Once I took that thought out of my mind I remembered how much I enjoyed playing Gears as a kid in college. Horde mode is one of the most revolutionary multiplatyer game modes that I will continue to find enjoyment in. I will never touch the competitive multiplayer mode, as those players are very much above my level and I don’t want to put...

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...