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New Beer Blog Samuel Adams Boston Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going into sample Boston Ale from Samuel Adams.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this east coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Boston Beer Company.  Let us get into this English style Pale Ale.

It has a nice bronze color with a white constant head.  The aroma has a malty to caramel notes. The taste has a nice sweet malty with a hint of caramel.  The aftertaste has a dry to slight caramel finish. It is a drinkable brew.

Here is a description from the beer bottle and website (www.samueladams.com):

When we opened our Boston Brewery in 1988, we created a special brew, Boston Ale, to mark the occasion.  A “stock” ale with a distinctly American character, it’s spiced with English hops, sweetened with caramel malts, fermented as an ale and aged at cool temperatures.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.samueladams.com

Twitter:  @samueladamsbeer

In the end, I am be the first to say I am not fan of Samuel Adams.  I love how this brewery hides all their other projects like Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard, and Shandy Traveler.  This brewery does make some good beers but the rest is below average to average.  Their high-end beers are awesome in most cases.  This brew I was pretty impressed.  It is a nice English pale ale.  There is a nice malty backbone with a nice hop selection.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Mountain Town Brewing Train Wrack Amber Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a brewery for the first time on this blog which is Mountain Town Brewing.  It is their Train Wrack Amber Ale.  Here is a little history from their website (www.mountaintownbrew.com):

In 1996 Mountain Town Station Brewing Co. & Steakhouse opened its doors as a premier restaurant, wine cellar and micro brewery; and has grown ever since in its menu concept, wine inventory and beer recipes. In 2007, a separate company was formed called Mountain Town Brewing Company. This new brewery operation is strictly manufacturing and packaging using the same recipes that have been successfully developed for years at the brewpub. In 2008, shipments of beers such as the Gamblers Golden Ale, Railyard Raspberry Wheat and Cow Catcher Red Ale were flying out of the brewery and into restaurants and bars across Michigan. Look for these and many more beers at your favorite bar and restaurant. If they don’t have our beers request that they be put on tap!

As you can see they brew several different beer styles from cans and bottles.  We are going to get into the beer.

It has a cloudy amber color with a nice white head.  There is really no smell.  It is pretty fade.  The taste has a malty notes with a hint of honey aftertaste.  The honey makes the aftertaste smooth and a crisp finish.  It is an extremely drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.mountaintownbrew.com):

Trainwreck Amber Ale
An American Amber Ale brewed with maple syrup and honey to give it a full body and smooth sweetness

Approach with caution. This one will sneak up on you! Brewed to keep us warm in the winter months, but easily enjoyable any time of the year. Syrup and honey give this beer an irresistible sweetness that makes it impossible to have just one. No matter what you pair this one with make sure you get plenty to eat or you might find out how this beer got its name.
ABV – 8.2%

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.mountaintownbrew.com

Twitter:  No Twitter Address

Closing, this beer is pretty interesting brew.  I was taken a little back when tasting this beer.  I did enjoy it.  I did not know how the honey would work with this amber ale.  I had honey in beers and amber lagers.  I was pretty interested to see how some of the malty to some fruity notes would react with the honey sweetness.  This is average beer and it is nothing special.  I recommend you trying this beer just because how unique it is.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter: @djweiser

Instagram: @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Cheboygan Brewing Oktoberfest (2014)


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In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into another Oktoberfest from Cheboygan Brewing.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into this Oktoberfest Beer.

It has a nice clear light amber to dark copper color with a semi white head.  The smell has a candy to sweet caramel notes.  The taste has a sweet candy to caramel notes with a dry malty notes for the aftertaste.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a desecration from their website (www.cheboyganbrewingcompany.com):

Gold Medal award winner at the 2012 Frankenmuth World Expo of Beer!

The beer, created by the brewery’s operation manager and brewmaster Tim Perry, who was inspired by the 1976 Späten Oktoberfest bier from Munich, Germany, is orange in hue with a pronounced malt presence. 6% ABV IBU 28.  Available in the Fall.  Available in six packs seasonally.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.cheboyganbrewingcompany.com

Twitter:  @CheboyganBrew

In the end, I have been really impressed with all the fall seasonals asides the Erdinger, Griffin Claw, Atwater Brewery, and Weihenstephaner.  I have to say those were bad.  I believe that is four out of fourteen fall beers.  This brewery puts another good one on that list.  I am so happy to have a great streak of fall beers this season.  I love the candy to caramel notes from the malt. It is pretty sweet but yet has a nice malty dry finish.  It will have you coming back and drink more and more of this beer.  I highly recommend this beer.  You can find this one in the Michigan market.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA Deconstructed (2014)


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into my second Samuel Adams IPA sampler pack.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on this East Coast Craft Brewery, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into these six different single hop IPA.

Latitude 48 IPA

This beer is one of their everyday six-pack bottles.  It has your normal IPA amber to copper look to it with a white constant head.  The taste of this IPA gives a nice hop taste with nice bitter ending.  You can taste beer from the front of the pallet which gives off sweet to bitter tastes notes.  The aftertaste is something I really do not like about this beer.  It has a dry hoppy bitter finish.   For what Samuel Adams is today, this is a well made beer.  I hate to say it because I know it is a slap in the face to any brewmaster but this is a nice beginner IPA for people wanting to get into this great beer style.  Overall a nice drinkable and easy drinking beer for the beer style.  This IPA is better than their Rebel IPA.

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East Kent Goldings IPA #1

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head on this English IPA. The smell has a heavy floral notes. The taste has a floral to earthy notes. The aftertaste is an earthy dry hop finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This single hop IPA is brewed using only East Kent Goldings.  These classic English hops create a mellow bitterness with earthy, floral, and apricot notes that are balanced by a subtle malt sweetness.

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Mosaic IPA #2

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has a pineapple to citrus notes. The taste has a pineapple to a slight smooth caramel notes. It is has nice bitter hop aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This single hop IPA is brewed using only Mosaic hops . These distinctive American hops contribute subtle fruit notes of pineapple and Mandarin orange along with hints of eucalyptus. These delicate notes are complemented by the sweetness of the malt.

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Hallertau Mittelfrueh IPA #3

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The smell has hints of citrus to piney notes. The taste has a light carbonation to some notes of piney and citrus. The aftertaste is a dry hop finish. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This single hop IPA is brewed using only Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops from the Halletau region of Bavaria.  These hops create a soft bitterness, along with delicate citrus and resinous pine notes that are balanced by a subtle malt sweetness and body.

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Simcoe IPA #4

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has a heavy grapefruit notes. The taste profile is a heavy grapefruit notes with a dry crisp grapefruit dry hop finish. It does not hang around like #1 to #3. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This single hop IPA is brewed using only Simcoe hops that bring a distinct punch of grapefruit character and piney notes.  The subtle malt sweetness helps balance and round out the concentrated hop character.

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#5 Zeus IPA

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head on this IPA. The smell has an earthy notes. The taste is an earthy to piney notes with a dry bitter hop aftertaste. It is kind of drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This single hop IPA is brewed using only American Zeus hops, which create an intense piney and resinous character.  This brew leans strongly towards the hop character, but is balanced by the malts sweetness.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.samueladams.com

Twitter:  @SamuelAAdams

In the end, we are going to break this IPA sampler pack down.  Being a huge Hophead, I am always looking to try new IPA’s in the market or retry old ones.  I love when craft breweries take one IPA and mess around with it.  I like to try different hops or malt with one recipe.  Samuel Adams did that with Latitude 48 IPA, which is one of their everyday IPA six-pack and their best everyday IPA.  I have had their newer IPA, which is Rebel IPA, and I am not a fan of it.  It is not an American IPA.  It is English IPA. I feel Rebel IPA is something that one of the mass-produced beer companies.  Latitude 48 IPA is a nice gateway drug into craft beer and IPA world.  They did a great job on some of these beers but there are a few in this pack that I could do without.  I will give them credit for the effort on these brews.  #1 is a pretty good English IPA but nothing close to Goose Island IPA and Brooklyn East India Pale Ale.  The more that I start thinking about #1 is pretty good version of IPA than Brooklyn East India Pale Ale.  I like this one. #2 has some nice tropical notes that the hops kick off in this brew.  I love that in this beer.  This is one of the best one in this pack.  #3, I can do without this IPA.  This was a bad mix with this hop.  I just found Hallertau Mittelfrueh is a good hop with other hops.  By itself, it is just not good.  Maybe, it is this brewery.  I just do not know.  #4 is average but it is growing on me. I love this hop, which is Simcoe Hop.  I am starting to think that the malty backbone in Latitude 48 is not mixing well with these other hops.  This brew did grow on me.  The last one #5 is really good along with the aftertaste.  It keeps me coming back for some more.  I normally get on any brewery about their aftertaste on IPA.  I do not know why but this aftertaste makes me keep drinking more of this beer.  The best beer #2 in this pack.  The worse is #3.  Overall, this is average IPA pack.  They did an awesome job like three years ago.  The last two years they did different IPA styles that I passed right by in the store.  I give them credit for trying and make sure we still call Samuel Adams a craft brewery still.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Goose Island Oktoberfest (2014)


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In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into the 2014 version of Goose Island Oktoberfest.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on this Midwest craft brewery, you know the history of this 1980’s craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Chicago Orignal craft brewery.  Let us get into this fall beer.

It has a dark clear copper color without a head.  The aroma has a slight sweet malty notes.  The taste has a sweet malty to slight but faded caramel notes.  The aftertaste has a dry malty finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.gooseisland.com

Twitter:  @gooseisland

In the end, I have to say this year’s version is so much better than last years.  I was not a fan of last year’s beer.  It is night and day compare to these beers.  I am pretty stun and impressed.  The layer of depth has some notes of caramel notes.  I did not really pick up too much of the toffee and apricot notes that is marked on the bottle.  I am not too sure and I came up with these tasting notes before reading the bottle.  I had a chance to try it on draft and it is pretty constant from bottle to keg.  This is a great beer and I highly recommend it.  Get it while it last if you are outside of the Chicago market.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Shipyard Brewing Smashed Pumpkin Ale (2014)


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into Smashed Pumpkin Ale from Shipyard Brewing.  Shipyard Brewing started out as Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub at Kennebunk, Maine in 1992.  The brewery kept on growing and open a brewery called Shipyard Brewing at Portland, Maine.  They partner with Sea Dog Brewing Company and Casco Bay Brewing Company and they became the fourth largest brewery in New England.  They are fourteenth largest brewery in the United States.  They opened a brewery in Winter Park, Florida.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a cloudy copper color with a white constant head.  The aroma has pumpkin to slight cinnamon to nutmeg notes.  The taste has a sweet cinnamon to nutmeg with a nice creamy caramel notes.  The aftertaste has dry cinnamon aftertaste.  It is not drinkable.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg.  The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body.  Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit.  To fully enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  Smashed Pumpkin pairs well with sharp cheese, nuts, lamb, hearty stews and desserts like flan or pumpkin pie.  Chefs find this an excellent beer to cook with in dishes such as braised short ribs.  Try adding a little Shipyard Blue Fin Stout to Smashed Pumpkin for a fall warmer.

Here is a description from their website (www.shipyard.com):

A big bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. To fully experience all the flavors, this beer is best enjoyed at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shipyard.com

Twitter:   @shipyardbrewing

Closing, I have been eyeing this beer for the last few fall seasons.  I just finally picked up a bottle.  I figure that I will make it my third pumpkin beer of the season.  It has a nice color and aroma.  I love the taste and the aroma notes.  It has a nice bite for being a big fall seasonal but nice and kind of drinkable beer.  There is a nice balance from the cinnamon and nutmeg notes but I love the nice creamy caramel notes from the malt.  I will be picking up a few more of these beers with some Well’s Banana Bread beer.  This is a great beer and I highly recommend it.  Go get some!  Drink i!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Alaskan Free Ride APA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the first beer, which is Free Ride APA, from Alaskan Brewery.  This is the first time this craft brewery is being feature on this blog.  Alaskan Brewery opened their doors in 1986.  They were founded by a young couple, who is Marcy and Geoff Larson.  They were the frist brewery in the state since Prohibition.  They brew several different beer styles.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head on this APA.  The smell has a floral like to tropical fruit notes.  The taste is a lightly carbonation tropical fruit notes with a dry crisp finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.alaskanbeer.com):

Style:

American Pale Ale. Arguably the style that triggered the craft beer movement in the United States, the American Pale Ale showcases the floral, fruity, and citrusy aroma and flavors of Pacific Northwest hops in balance with a medium malt body


Flavor Profile:

Alaskan Freeride APA features a lush, green, almost tropical hop aroma paired with the unique taste combination of these three, distinctive hop varieties, making it both full in flavor and crisply thirst-quenching.
History:
Freeride APA started as a springtime staple for Alaskan’s backcountry skiing and snowboarding crew, then became a perfect beer to savor with summertime kayaking, biking, and just about every other outdoor activity.
Ingredients:
Alaskan Freeride APA is brewed with Cascade, Citra, and Centennial hops, premium two-row and specialty crystal malts, and Juneau’s glacier-fed water.
Recommendations:

Freeride APA pairs well with gourmet pub fare, especially a BLTA or club sandwich with peppered bacon, a spicy chicken quesadilla, or freshly battered Alaska halibut and chips.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.alaskanbeer.com

Twitter:  @alaskanbrewing

In closing, I am pretty happy to see them finally make it to Michigan.  I am been a huge of this craft brewery for a long time.  I am loving the fact that I get to try all the newer beers and favorites.  I am happy I do not have to trade with anyone out west. I am happy to walk into my beer store and get this craft brewery.  I am a huge fan of PA and APA.  I was pretty interested in this beer. I love hop aroma and taste of the tropical fruit notes.  This is a great and balance beer.  It is pretty drinkable and refreshing.  This is one beer you can have it any part of the season.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Atwater Brewery Blueberry Cobbler Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer and I am thinking the last one from Atwater Brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this Detroit craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this brewery.  Let us get into this fruit beer.

It has a black color with an off white color head.  The aroma has a heavy blueberry notes.  The taste has a heavy blueberry notes but not really balance beer.  The aftertaste has a dry bitter finish but not from the hops.  It is kind of drinkable.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Nothing says autumn like this refreshing ale brewed using local blueberries from our home State of Michigan.  It’s beer just like Grandma would make, if Grandma was a brewmaster.  Prost!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.atwaterbeer.com

Twitter:  @atwaterbeer

In the end, I do not know why I keep doing this to myself.  This craft brewery is not really good and they only really put out one good beer.  The one good beer is just an average beer.  I am talking about Java Vanilla Porter.  Their Dirty Blonde could be in the talk of a good beer or not.  The point that I am getting at is this craft brewery makes some pretty bad beers.  They are not constant all around their beers.  Their IPA’s, I refuse to drink even if they are the only craft beer in the bar.  I was thinking maybe their fruit beers might be good.  I was completely wrong.  I mean really wrong.  This blueberry ale is not balance at all.  It is not really good.  It is missing something.  I can not put my figure on it.  Drink it!  Enjoy it! Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Oddside Ales El Dankerino West Coast Double IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Oddside Ales.  It is their El Dankerino West Coast Double IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into this Double IPA.

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head on this Double IPA.  The aroma has a slight grapefruit to tropical fruit notes.  The taste has dry bitter front that leads to slight caramel to tropical fruit notes.  The aftertaste has a dry grapefruit hop finish.  It is a sipping beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.oddsideales.com

Twitter:  @oddsideales

Closing, this is a great beer.  I love the play on words for the name of the beer.  There is some aroma notes and tasting notes.  The malty backbone is a perfect match with the hops picked.  The caramel and tropical fruit notes are a nice blend.  This beer might be a sipping beer but I could see some experienced hopheads saying that it is kind of drinkable beer.  I do not think I had one bad beer from this craft brewery.  This brewery makes good beers and this one lives up to that line.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Cigar City Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock


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In this special beer blog, we are going to get into the last beer from this Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp.  This time around Sierra Nevada is teamed up with Cigar City Brewery and it is Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on both breweries’ beers, you know the history of the both of these craft breweries.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know East and West Coast craft brewery.  Let us get into this Maibock.

This Maibock has an amber color with a white head.  The smell has a sweet malty to tropical fruit notes.  The taste has a sweet malty to slight tropical fruit notes.  The aftertaste has a dry tropical fruit finish.  It is a drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer can:

Brewed in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL, Yonder Bock is a Latin-inspired twist on a traditional in Maibock.  Cigar City finds inspiration in the Cuban roots of their hometown, which is a long way from our home base in Chico, but our friends down yonder in Floridasure can brew a great beer.  Yonder Bock blends a silky malt body with bright, fruity hop aromas of guava, mango and passion fruit from the use of Calypso, Azacca and experimental 366 hops as a nod to Cigar City’s tropical locate.

Here is a description from their website (www.beercamp.sierranevada.com):

Tampa is a long way from our home base in Chico, but the guys down yonder in Florida sure can brew a great beer. Our friends at Cigar City find inspiration in the Cuban roots of their hometown, and that Latin-inspired flair is evident in Yonder Bock. This tropical take on the Maibock adds a Latin island flair to this traditional German style beer.

Enamored with the Latin roots of their Tampa home, Cigar City always tries to channel a bit of local history into their beers, e.g. the Humidor Series whose beers age on Spanish cedar as an homage to Tampa’s cigar making roots. Only five years old, this brewery deserves the fast praise that’s come its way.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.sierranevada.com and www.cigarcitybrewing.com

Twitter:  @sierranevada and @cigarcitybeer

Closing, I am a huge fan of both of these breweries and I cannot wait to see Cigar City on Michigan beer store shelves in the future.  Cigar City Brewery in on this beer, you know they are going to put come kind of Tropical twist on this beer.  I love it and I was pumped up to try this beer.  I know this beer received some good reviews from my beer friends.  I have to say I was not one bit disappointed with this beer.  This one beer was tied for first place as far as the best beer in this pack.  I know I said the Double Latta was something else.  I cannot put my figure on which one was better.  I highly recommend this beer and pack.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:   djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13