Sunday, January 27, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Jacob Bannon

Artist, designer, signer, lyricist and influence. For the last fourteen years no band/person has stuck with me with such fervent interest. I remember staring at Caring and Killing being mesmerized by the presentation of art and music. Intense self devotion and forward movement is incredibly personal to me, a mantra written upon my heart. With such outpouring of emotion I am often enveloped into a cathartic tailspin which allows me with outlets for my inner emotion.
Having said that, for nine years I have walked into my room to stare into Jane Doe's sunken stare, thank you. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Not so Easyriders



Par for course at this show.

Actually interesting.

Best pro built.

I just really like the blower.

HA's everywhere.


I like Steve checking out the boat-tail.

My favorite from the show. Tight and nimble.

They even wore yellow and black shoes...


If I wasn't there with friends I would have never gone. The bikes for the most part stunk. The people were the best part. The misogyny was miles deep. Made me long for Born Free. Five more months. I want to thank Jason and Steve and the group for showing me a warm welcome to the Ukiah riding group. I am also glad we didn't ride, as it was so stinking cold. I feel fortunate to find good friends that are motivated to ride and get out and see the country at events. 

Even More Perfection

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sacramento Swap

FXRP just picked up in Hayward. 

Not much to find at the swap, fun times walking around in below freezing temperatures though. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Albion

This is honestly one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Not only was I on hand to witness a historical event with a friend but I got to drink a historical beer that started a movement. Everyone there was extremely gracious, kind and friendly. To see Jack and then find out that his equipment ended up here in Ukiah is something else. I hope to attend another at some point. 

It has been 30 years since the last bottle of New Albion beer was sold, marking an end to the first, short-lived modern microbrewery. But Jack McAuliffe's brewery, which lasted from 1977 to 1983, inspired a movement. Today, there are more than 2,290 craft breweries, and another 1,381 are in the planning stages. And New Albion's pale ale has been resurrected at last.
I've written about McAuliffe before and shared the tale of what happened after New Albion closed its doors, the brewmaster's return to his engineering career and his disappearance from the brewing scene. But the newest chapter hails from Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch, whose admiration for McAuliffe was so great that when he discovered the
Jack McAuliffe, of the long-shuttered, iconic New Albion brewery, celebrates with Boston Beer's Jim Koch at the Great American Beer Festival, where they launched their new New Albion pale ale. Photo by Jay R. Brooks. ( Jay R. Brooks )
trademark to New Albion had expired, he registered it himself to protect the brand from being exploited.
When Koch started making Samuel Adams in 1984, there were very few new breweries. New Albion was like a "mythic unicorn, with tales told about it," he says. The pioneers in the craft brewing movement faced many challenges, including a dearth of small-scale brewing equipment and a lack of interest on the part of distributors and retailers.
"You had to make your own way," he says. "If you have to do that, you really appreciate and understand what it is to be a pioneer."
In the spring of 2007 -- thanks largely to Koch's efforts -- McAuliffe received a recognition award from the Brewers Association at the annual Craft Brewers
Conference. But in the years since New Albion closed, McAuliffe had become increasingly reclusive and could not be persuaded to accept the award in person. Instead, his old assistant brewer, Don Barkley, who went on to start Mendocino Brewing and currently brews at Napa Smith Brewery, accepted it on his behalf.
Two years later, McAuliffe was in a serious car accident and moved to San Antonio to live with his sister. There, he joined a local home-brew club, where he crossed paths with a Samuel Adams employee -- and word soon reached Koch.
Gradually, McAuliffe began reimmersing himself in the brewing community. He collaborated with Sierra Nevada brewmaster Ken Grossman on a special, anniversary beer, Jack & Ken's Ale. McAuliffe spoke at the 2011 Craft Brewers Conference, held in San Francisco, and visited Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, where the original New Albion sign hangs on the wall behind the bar. At the Great American Beer Festival that year, he sat down with Koch for the first time to talk about a new New Albion.
In July, McAuliffe flew to Boston to brew a pale ale, one of the original New Albion beers, with Koch. They spent the day tweaking the old recipe from memory. In the fall, the draft beer made its debut when McAuliffe served it at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. He finally seemed pleased and at ease with the notion of what he had helped start, and he voiced his amazement at just how big small beer has become.
On Thursday, bottles of New Albion Ale will be available for the first time in three decades. McAuliffe and Koch will celebrate the launch at Russian River Brewing from 6 to 8 p.m. with Russian River Brewing co-founder Vinnie Cilurzo, who calls McAuliffe "one of the true pioneers in the craft beer industry, right up there with Fritz Maytag and Ken Grossman. We are thrilled to host Jack and the Boston Beer Co. and the rerelease of New Albion Ale."
Don't worry if you can't make it to Santa Rosa. Bottles are being released nationwide, so you should be able to find some anywhere Samuel Adams is sold -- and New Albion Ale proceeds go directly to the now-retired McAuliffe.
"I would like it to be significant enough to be meaningful to him," Koch says. "Jack started all this. We all have very good lives on account of what he went through on our behalf."
Join me in drinking a toast to the return of New Albion Ale.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013


Survivor found in Paso just a few months ago. Like they say, "they're still out there."

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Oh Those Lovely 36's


Back to the Grindstone

Bob and his troupe are back from Connecticut. Photos by Cory.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Life of .....

Tools of the trade.

The man at work.

41' so ripe for finishing.

Plymoth Super


Allagash White



Oh, SLO it is such a wonderful place.