Archive for December, 2017

Déjà Vu Beer

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Dec 15th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Earlier this week I was in Washington, DC to meet with some folks from work. After the work of the day was done, I had some time to kill before we were heading out for dinner. so I stopped into the hotel bar for a beer. Sipping on a Dogfish Head 60 Min…



Range Date

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Dec 14th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

My weekly range practice session was especially enjoyable this week. Colleen met me at my office and we headed over to the range together. We’ve not been able to have a range date for many months so I was looking forward to it.As luck would have it, th…



Book Review: The Dry Fire Primer

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Dec 13th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

There is copious material available both in print and online on the subject of dry fire practice. Books by Ben Stoeger, Mike Seeklander, and Steve Anderson have long been on my reading list. A new publication, The Dry Fire Primer by…



Alewerks Hop Marrow – For Both Of Us

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Dec 12th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Long time readers of these Musings will know that Colleen and I have different tastes in our “go to” beer preferences. She will most often gravitate to the dark, roasted, and chocolate flavors. The hoppy beers feature prominently on my lists. Colleen w…



It’s Dry Fire Season

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Dec 11th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I suppose it’s always dry fire season. I am a proponent of regular dry fire practice, I just don’t do it as often as I should. In the warmer months I am able to shoot a match most weekends, and hit the range for practice weekly. Now, as I look at the c…



Christmas Shopping

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Dec 10th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

This is the store I need.If you are shopping for me, you need this store too.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]



Strangeways Brewing Expands Local Distribution

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Dec 9th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

This is great news for craft beer fans in the area. I look forward to seeing more Strangeways Brewing beer in my fridge and in my glass.

(Fredericksburg, VA) – Virginia Eagle Distributing Company (VED) — is pleased to announce that a formal distribution agreement has been signed with Strangeways Brewing (Strangeways). The distribution area will include all markets that VED covers.

“A very important decision for a craft brewer in the state of Virginia is aligning with the right distribution partner,” says Neil Burton, Founder Strangeways Brewing. “Brown Distributing, in our home market of Richmond, has worked with us from day one and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Partnering with VED was the next logical step to our expansion plans. They simply build brands in Virginia and we want to be part of that story.”

Known for producing “Virginia Craft beer for the intrepid palate,” Strangeways has developed a cult following. Albino Monkey (a 5% ABV Belgian White) leads their flagship brands, while Woodbooger (a 6% Belgian Brown) and Überlin (a 4.75% Berliner Weisse) round out the year round choices. Their Richmond and Fredericksburg taprooms always feature 36+ unique beers and they have been recognized by RateBeer as Virginia’s Best Brewery Taproom for three straight years, listed as one of ten U.S. breweries to watch from D.C. to California by bon appétit, as well as one of the South’s Best Breweries by Southern Living.

“For about two years, VED has not opened distribution from new suppliers,” states Scott Heinz, COO of Virginia Eagle Distributing. “We (VED) simply could not find a partner that aligned with our company’s goals and vision…until now. Neil and his team at Strangeways have done a great job growing their base business in Richmond and we believe that they are ready to advance their footprint. This is the right partner for us.”

Immediate distribution areas will include Fredericksburg city, as well as Prince William, King George and Spotsylvania counties. Expansion into the Northern Virginia and Charlottesville markets will follow.

“Most successful brands have used a targeted approach to growth.” states Scott Heinz, COO of Virginia Eagle Distributing. “We (VED and Strangeways) believe that local consumers in the Fredericksburg/Northern Virginia markets are looking for a quality craft beer option. We want to satisfy those consumers before considering expanding to other markets within the state.”

About Virginia Eagle Distributing
Virginia Eagle Distributing is the largest Anheuser-Busch beverage distributor in the state. We service over four million Virginia residents, 22,000 square miles and more than 60 counties, independent cities and towns. Our estimated 7,500 on and off-premise accounts, including local grocery and convenience stores, restaurants, clubs and bars, are offered a wide selection of products consisting of the Anheuser-Busch family of beers & imports, the best in local craft beers, ciders and select non-alcoholic offerings.

VED has built a reputation of excellence through their expert team of salesman, warehouseman, drivers and a professional marketing department. Each of these invaluable employees is asked to uphold the company’s mission to be the most professional and customer focused company within our industry.

Hat tip to BeerPulse.com.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]



Range Trip: Talon Grips First Impressions

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Dec 8th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I was reading an article recently where the author mentioned Talon Grips. It so happened that I had just shot my son’s new SIG Legion with its highly textured gips, and had noted how much I liked the extreme texture. In fact, one of the things that attracted me originally to the SIG P226 E2 design, was the deeply textured grips on that model. Over the years I think the texture on that gun has lessened (or filled with skin.) My current weapons-of-choice, the P320 models have textured grips that are not quite as extreme.

I started doing more research on Talon Grips, including how they might affect my division choices in both USPSA and IDPA. I prefer to compete with stock guns, in the applicable divisions. Fortunately, the addition of the grip tape does not affect the gun’s division standing. Being just .4 mm thick, the grips also do not significantly alter the grip size, nor is it a permanent alteration of the gun.
Talon Grips come in two versions, either with a rubber texture or a granulate texture. The granulated style is reminiscent of skateboard tape, or 100 grit sandpaper. The rubber version is slightly less extreme and is recommended for carry guns, as it it less likely to stick to clothing. I ended up ordering the rubber grips for two SIG P320’s and the S&W Shield. 
I decided to apply the grip tape first to the Compact 320. The application process was quite simple. After cleaning the gun with the enclosed alcohol pad, I removed the backing and applied the grip tape to the gun. The Talon Grips are custom cut for each gun model, and the fit is very precise. I spent some time making adjustments until I was pleased with the result. Frankly, the fit is so close to the contour of the gun that it’s easy to get obsessive with having it “just right.” The installation is finished by heating the tape with a hair dryer and pushing it tight to the grip frame. I repeated the heat process multiple times, pressing and squeezing until the grip was form fit to the gun and the edges seemed well sealed.
I immediately liked the feel of the new grip in my hand, but the real test comes in shooting. I was able to take the gun to the range this week for a trial run. I spent time with slow aimed fire, and also fast strings of 2, 3, or 4 shots. Simply put, I am very pleased with the Talon Grips modification. Although the textured rubber surface does not seem overly extreme, the gun feels very stable in the hand. The texture is prominent enough that I feel it, but it doesn’t grate on the skin. The extra texture and “stickiness” of the rubber is especially evident when shooting one-handed. I was able to get a firm, stable grip even when shooting support hand only.

I will probably find time this weekend to apply the grips to the other two guns. I’m especially looking forward to seeing how they benefit the smaller Shield. It’s an easy bet I’ll be ordering additional grips for some of the other pistols as well. 
I recall Talon Grips was a stage sponsor at the 2017 Delaware State IDPA match. Their grip material was used on the steps on a bridge prop. It was also a stage where I messed up my stage execution and earned a PE. But I won’t hold that against them. 😀

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]



How to Interact with the Police – Scholarship Entries – Fall 2017

By From https://www.andrewflusche.com • Dec 7th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Two times a year we run a scholarship contest to help out college / trade school students. The fall 2017 theme was to create a PSA about how to interact with the police, and we received some great entries. We will announce the winner soon, but for now, here are the entries: Jordan L. Jasmin […]

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Feast of St. Nicholas

By From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Dec 6th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I am glad I often reread my own blog posts. I almost forget to dig out some Samichlaus for tonight! While I do that, please enjoy the post that reminded me.


Reposted from December 6, 2016.

Today, December 6 is the Feast day of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. St. Nicholas, was a wealthy and generous man. His generosity towards others led to him being the inspiration for the tradition of Santa Claus and gift giving. He is also one of several Patron Saints of brewing. It’s not entirely clear why Nicholas was chosen as a Patron Saint of brewing. Tradition states that Nicholas was having a beer at an inn where the inn keeper had murdered three boys and packed their bodies in a barrel of brine. Nicholas was offered some salted meat with his beer. Due to a local shortage of food, Nicholas became suspicious, found the bodies, and brought the boys back to life. He died on December 6, 345 A.D. or 352 A.D.

Inspired by this feast day, is Samichlaus Bier. Samichlaus is a 14% ABV doppelbock that at one time was billed as the world’s strongest beer. The name means “Santa Claus” in the Swiss-German dialect of Zürich. Brewed only on December 6 of each year, the beer is aged for almost a year and released in time for the following year’s feast day. Samichlaus was originally brewed by Brauerei Hürlimann, and later by Feldschlösschen Brewery. It is currently produced by Schloss Eggenberg of Switzerland.

We have a tradition of opening an aged bottle of Samichlaus Bier on the evening of December 6. Tonight I’ll dig through the boxes in the cellar and find something old to enjoy. Even if you can’t get your hands on Samichlaus Bier, raise a pint to St. Nicholas today for his generosity and the traditions of giving he inspired.

Another tradition surrounding this Feast involves children leaving their shoes out the evening before, and St. Nicholas would fill them treats such as candies or fruits so the children know he had visited. It is from this tradition that we get the Christmas stocking.

Big kids sometimes get treats too.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]