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Night Shift Brewery

by Alaina on January 10, 2015 · 1 comment

As a birthday present for my dad (back in October) I extended an invitation to him to join me for a tasting at the Night Shift Brewery in Everett. We were hoping to take a tour at 3, but since they were understaffed that day (last Friday) they only had a 5 and 7 available. We didn’t feel like sticking around for that long, so we just enjoyed an hour of tastings and chatting.

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We decided to split a tasting flight to start. A flight includes 4 different beers for $8. I ordered the Whirlpool (Soft, juicy American pale ale loaded with Mosaic hops. Flavors and aromas of ripe peach and citrus) and the Salzburg (Vienna-style lager with a crisp, soft body and gentle flavors of almond, honey, and freshly baked bread). I absolutely loved the Salzburg. It was smooth yet still had a slight “grit” to it. I could certainly taste the bread. Winking smile The Whirlpool was tasty but a bit too sweet for my taste. My dad ordered the Embark (First brew on our new brewhouse; IPA loaded with New Zealand hops, tons of refreshing lime and grapefruit flavors) and the Taza Stout (Stout brewed with chicory root and ginger. Aged on cacao nibs from Taza Chocolate). The Embark was too fruity for him, but he seemed to enjoy the chocolaty taste of the stout.

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The tasting room only had about 8 beers to sample from, and since all the rest were fruit based, we decided to each get a Salzburg after we finished the flight. It ended up being the unanimous favorite.

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Night Shift Brewery doesn’t offer food on sight, so they always recommend to BYOF (bring your own food). On select weekends they do have food trucks outside that guests can purchase from. Otherwise, they only have Taza chocolate for sale. As for non-perishable items, they have a selection of t-shirts to purchase as well.

Overall, my dad and I enjoyed our brief afternoon in the city (well, outside the city as it is located in Everett). We were a bit disappointed to not be able to take a tour, but from our vantage point, we could see well in to the production room. Since my dad has some experience in brewing (and visiting other breweries) he provided his own commentary. Winking smile  We arrived right at 3 when they opened, and by the time we left at 4, the bar was packed and the picnic tables were filling up. It’s definitely a happening spot in the neighborhood, and one that I would consider visiting again. I’ll wait until they have other brews to offer, though, since their offerings on tap are rather limited. It is a small operation though (3 friends who started in 2012) so I certainly cannot fault them for that. It’s amazing how much they have grown in the last 2 years or so, and I look forward to seeing where the future takes them!

Night Shift Brewing is located at 87 Santilli Hwy in Everett, MA.

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Welcome to January, the month where resolutions start and hopefully continue through 2015. For me, running is not even on the radar. Perhaps to get out there and loosen up the legs, but no races have been planned and it’ll probably stay that way. This year I want to focus on strength workouts and yoga. Perhaps it’s time to dust off the ol’ P90X DVDs. And with this frigid weather upon us, I’ll surely want to get my sweat on, inside.

The Top 10 Workout Songs for January 2015

The highlight of this month’s workout music round-up is the balance it strikes between perennial favorites and relative newcomers. By veering between the two, the mix manages to send both familiar and fresh at the same time.

Starting with the hits, you’ve got a pair of collaborations uniting Jessie J with 2 Chainz and Wyclef Jean with Avicii. Continuing with the upstarts, you’ll find a song from Penguin Prison that could pass for vintage Hall & Oates along with a club track from Alesso & Tove Lo featuring lyrics by David Bowie.

The whole affair kicks off with AC/DC’s first new song in six years. The song’s beats-per-minute count (BPM) is slow enough to ease you into things physically, while its thundering riff gets you fired up mentally. If you need a power track mid-routine, press play on the fastest (and most popular) song of the month: Sheppard’s ode to taking plunges.

For most folks, the new year is a time for taking stock and making changes–mixing things that worked in the past with new approaches for the future. This month’s top 10 list does a little of the same–blending veteran hitmakers with promising, newer acts. To that end, it might just be the perfect playlist for the new year and your next workout.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

AC/DC – Play Ball – 119 BPM
Deadmau5 – Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix) – 129 BPM
Penguin Prison – Calling Out – 124 BPM
Charli XCX – Break the Rules – 125 BPM
Wyclef Jean & Avicii – Divine Sorrow – 130 BPM
Mr. Probz, T.I. & Chris Brown – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) – 120 BPM
Jessie J & 2 Chainz – Burnin’ Up – 124 BPM
Alesso & Tove Lo – Heroes (We Could Be) – 126 BPM
Sheppard – Geronimo – 142 BPM
Ella Henderson – Ghost – 105 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

As always, I have not been compensated for this release; RunHundred.com is always free to use.

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Welcome, 2015!

by Alaina on January 2, 2015 · 0 comments

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a good time ringing in the new year. I ended up having to work that night until 11, and once my colleague and I clocked out, we headed to Grill 23 to meet up with some other coworkers for drinks. The restaurant was extremely lively and they even had a band playing. The restaurant recently underwent a renovation of their bar and I absolutely loved their new space. I’ll have to make it back there for drinks and dinner again. It’s definitely one of my favorites in the city.

Anyway, onto the evening! I enjoyed a couple glasses of chardonnay and the obligatory flute of champagne at midnight. One of the servers used a 135 lb. bottle of champagne to distribute amongst the diners.

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We were all having a great time!

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Before we knew it, they were counting down to the New Year! One of the last songs the band played was Don’t Stop Believing by Journey and there were two servers (?) or happy diners (?) dancing on one of the serving tables. We all had a blast and I didn’t get home until 2AM. Thankfully I didn’t have to work until 3 yesterday so I slept in until 10. A couple cups of coffee were needed to get through the day. Winking smile

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Happy Happy New Year! What did you do to celebrate? Anything fun planned for the New Year? Right now David and I have a trip to Florida planned for March, but other than that, a wide open schedule. And I still have no races on the calendar. I think this will be the year of anything goes. Smile

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