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May 30 — June 6,2020: More than ever it’s necessary to find a place to keep my thoughts.

The current national pain triggered by the latest senseless and unlawful murders of black men captured on cellphone video once again challenges whether we can be a just America. Of course the tragic reality includes many more names of both men and women victims, but these two recent omnipresent snuff films did something different to our national soul. Droves have taken to the streets in protest to demand justice and question why it is so hard to normalize equality. To demand answers…


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You don’t drink beer???

“I’m not really a beer dude.” Sacrilegious to say, I know, but I’ve now heard this too often. And it has to stop. As a beer dude, I hate to see good people that don’t get it. Bad folks, doesn’t bother me as much. If you say you don’t like beer, my default position is “you’re doing it wrong.” Let’s walk through it.

And to those riding sober, I fully hear and respect that. I have personal experiences that amplify my recognition. This soliloquy is not for you.

Full disclosure: I make beer for a living. My extended family has…


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I had one more keg to deliver.

It was pre-Spring 2016, and I needed to dropoff a fresh keg of our Hectic IPA to Corner Social on 126th Street in Harlem. I knew Corner Social very well. It was my neighborhood spot since they opened four years earlier. As a drinker, I was a Corner Social black belt. Delivering a big heavy, 165 lbs, steel keg of beer to the basement was another story. Plus, I had double-parked the cube truck with no one riding shotgun, so was rushing to avoid a NYC ticket. I approached the new general manager…


I had one more keg to deliver.

It was pre-Spring 2016, and I needed to dropoff a fresh keg of our Hectic IPA to Corner Social on 126th Street in Harlem. I knew Corner Social very well. It was my neighborhood spot since they opened four years earlier. As a drinker, I was a Corner Social black belt. Delivering a big heavy, 165 lbs, steel keg of beer to the basement was another story. Plus, I had double-parked the cube truck with no one riding shotgun, so was rushing to avoid a NYC ticket. I approached the new general manager…

Julian Riley

NYC minded. Family man who likes beer. Founder and CEO @harlembluebeer

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