Nov

6

Today Jamie and the brewing team brewed Batch 1212A of GONZO Imperial Porter with a special addition of hops that were picked from vines growing at Owl Farm in Woody Creek, CO, Hunter's home for almost 40 years and where Anita Thompson still resides.

That batch of Gonzo Imperial Porter will be bottled in about 6 weeks.

Cheers!

Jim Caruso

Sep

27

Yesterday, when Anita and I arrived at the Athens airport, we were told that a general strike was in full swing and that there was no way we were going to get into the city.  We eventually found a limo driver brave enought to attempt it.  By the time we arrived in Athens that peaceful general strike had turned violent when some protesters began hurling Molotov cocktails at the police and the driver dropped us off several hundred meters from the hotel, refusing to go any closer.

Anita commented on the "smog", which was actually tear gas, and it was melting my eyeballs.  While I was near-blind and in excruciating pain, Anita pulled her Canon out and began shooting photos of the police in full riot gear, protest signs, spent tear gas canisters littering the street, and tens of thousands of protesters held back behind police barricades.  She also took a photo of me at the front desk with blood-red eyes and tears streaming down my face from the tear gas, while I held a wet towel to my face.

By sunrise today, however, everything was back to normal, with no signs of yesterday's street warfare, and we walked up to the top of the Acropolis for a close look at the Parthenon, which was founded in honor of Athena, the goddess of courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill.  Athena is also the goddess of wisdon and war.

This evening, we celebrated Anita's birthday 0ver dinner on the open-air rooftop restaurant at the Grand Bretagne Hotel with the most amazing view of the Acropolis and Parthenon lighted up against the evening sky, and idyllic Mediterranean weather.  And tonight, that same Canon camera was used to shoot pics of a happy couple here in the cradle of Western Civilization.

Happy Birthday, Anita.  I love you!

Your friend in Athens,

Jim Caruso

 

 

 

Aug

16

Your work, whether it be as an entrepreneur, an artist, getting in shape, brewing remarkable beers, building a relationship with the one you love - anything of value to you, whatever it is that's important to you – is always about the long haul.   

Your work is a practice, a journey.  Quoting Steven Pressfield in his book "Turning Pro", "one bad day is nothing to us.  Ten bad days are nothing.  In the scheme of our lifelong practice, twenty-four hours when we can't gain yardage is only a speed bump.  We'll forget it by breakfast tomorrow and be back again, ready to hurl our bodies into the fray."

If you're the type of person trying to achieve anything meaningful in your life, personally or professionally, and you read one book this summer, one book this year, I recommend that it be Turning Pro.  An easy but powerful read that has changed the lives of several people I know.

On a personal note, it has been a magical summer.  I love you, Anita Thompson

Ever upward!

Jim Caruso

 

 

Aug

14

I stopped by my local indie grocery store to pick up some lunch and I noticed the cashier's tattoo – the Roman numerals VII  II  III  IV  (7234 in case your knowledge of Roman numerals is a little rusty).  I couldn't help but ask her what the significance of that number was. 

She said it was the number of the first apartment she rented when she got out of college and that she and her roommate got the same tattoo.  She started to tell me more about it, but she didn't need to.  I got it.

That first step into adulthood is a defining moment.  You remember it.  Just like you remember where you were on 9/11.  And it can occur at any age.  It's a choice you make.  The minute you choose to flip the switch into adulthood it happens.   

The young cashier was way ahead of me.  I didn't become an adult until long after I was out of college, but I remember the moment I chose to be an adult.  My life after making that choice has been distinctly better than the life I lived before doing so.

Your friend,

Jim Caruso

 

 

Aug

14

Today was the Summer Solstice.  Midsummer.  Always a magical time, but none so magical for me as this particular Solstice.  Wherever I am for the rest of my life I shall remember this day.

Peace & love,

Jim Caruso

 

 

Aug

14

The first bottles of Under Dog "Atlantic Lager" rolled off the bottling line today. 

Thirst-quenching, not too hoppy but hoppy enough for us hopheads here at the brewery, and 4.7% ABV. 

Perfectly crafted for the brutal Mid-Atlantic summers and also a great year-round session brew.

With label art by the one and only Ralph STEADman.

Under Dog Low Rez

Party on!!

Your friend,

Jim Caruso

 

Aug

14

It's not outside you.

It's within you.

It's in dreams you reach your real power.

And find your true self.

Dream LARGE.

Kriek on!

Your friend,

Jim Caruso

 

Aug

14

Increasing daylight, warmer weather, and flowers and trees blooming all around us. 

Spring officially began at 1:14 a.m. EDT today.

With the recent warm weather it's especially beautiful out here in the D.C. area with the cherry blossoms already popping.  Big celebration this year since it's the 100th anniversary of the gift of the cherry trees from Japan.

Ah, Spring.  It's a time of rebirth.  Take a deep breath.  Refresh your body and mind!

I wish you a wonderful and happy day, my friends.

Jim Caruso

 

Aug

14

Fear, scarcity and value

The things we fear are probably feared by others, and when we avoid them, we're doing what others are doing as well.

Which is why there's a scarcity of whatever work it is we're avoiding.

And of course, scarcity often creates value.

The shortcut is simple: if you're afraid of something, of putting yourself out there, of creating a kind of connection or a promise, that's a clue that you're on the right track. Go, do that.

Thanks to Seth Godin for that blog post today.

"Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain". ~ Mark Twain (one of HST's favorite writers)

Why not? What do you really have to lose???

Your friend,

Jim Caruso

Aug

14

The Rolling Stones will not be performing at the Olympics this summer. Right after they were invited to do so, Mick rang up his good friend Bryan Adams to see what he thought of the idea. The Canadian-born rockstar, Bryan Adams, was center-stage at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

"Don't do it, Mick, it sucked", was Bryan's reply.

And so, Mick told the IOC thanks, but no thanks.

If you're asked to do something that sucks, don't do it.

Oh, and if you're doing something that sucks, quit.

Thank you, Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger for 50 years of bad-ass rock-n-roll and this great reminder.

Kriek on!

Jim Caruso

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