Establishing Your Currency: Hint it doesn’t have to be money – All Natural: Being 100% You

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There is no need to value money above all other things.


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Catch up on All Natural:

Introduction to All Natural: Being 100% You
– featuring 
@sarahpaine and @strangerarray

What’s Good For Others Might Be Killing You
– Chapter One of All Natural: Being 100% You


Chapter 2 of All Natural: Being 100% You
– featuring @sarahpaine and @strangerarray

We’re not gonna lie and say “money is not important” or “money doesn’t matter”.

Because it does.

Especially when you don’t have much, payday isn’t for a few more days, you are running low on gas and you are not sure you are going to have enough to pay your bills.

Then money matters.

A lot!

But there is more to life than money.

Money takes up a big place in our brains, when we let it.

There is no end to all the hypothetical things that will happen if we don’t have enough and there is an equally opposite amount of dreams that could happen if we have a large amount of it.


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The poinit of Establishing Your Currency is to rethink value.

What is it people value most?

Money, right?

What about social capital?

Relationships.

Time.

Dreams.

Drive.

Adventure.

There is more to life than living paycheck to paycheck.

Figuring out which of these or other “alternative currencies” matters most to you will help you to be All Natural.

Ultimately, we hope you find something of value worth trading with others to build up other’s lives above your own.


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We have all probably heard that “Your net worth is not your self worth.”

James Altucher turns that phrase on its ear when he said “Your network is your net-worth.”

A good and healthy network of family, friends, and other colleagues will be able to help you when you need it most.

This network could also be the most helpful tool in looking for careers or getting hired.

We hear it all the time that people who got hired did because they knew someone who worked there.

Having this network of people who are willing to vouch for who you are can make a big difference in your pocketbook.


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But let’s take a closer look at those other currenncies.

Sure time can be and often is traded for money.

But if you think about it, if it is that valuable that people are paying you for it, then maybe you want to use it a bit differently.

If you are able to earn an income where you don’t trade time for money, then that would be ideal to free you up to do other things that you find more important.

When you do have a job that pays by the hour or based on hours worked, then you need another strategy.

How well do you use your time not at work?

Do you make the most of your “free time” or do you waste it away waiting for the day to end so you can go to bed and wake up and do it all over again?

Finding worthy things to do with you time might be a struggle.

You have to think about things that you otherwise might not want to.

Let’s take a look at a common question that is all over the internet.

What would you do if money wasn’t an issue?

Often what follows this is some self-help-y type of motivation to find your true passion and follow your dreams and catch unicorns…

The question certainly has its advantages as a thought exercise and can help boil down what is important to you.

It can also be a mirror and reflect things about yourself.

Maybe things you may rather not like to admit.

Evaluating what you would do brings to the foreground questions most of us try to avoid.

Questions like: What is the meaning of life? What is worthy of pursuit?

Maybe even perhaps: Why do I even exist?

Or: Is there a god?

When I try to imagine a life where money is not something I trade precious moments of my fleeting life for in order to pay for things, I struggle.

What would I do instead with my time?

What would make a difference in other people’s lives?

What is worthy of pursuit?

What really matters?

Why even try?


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The thing that I come back to is the only thing that really matters to me.

My “why” is Jesus Christ.

Then comes the question of What?

What do I do with this?

The simple truth is to do this: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

And so I do the best that I can.

Which sometimes isn’t always very good.

But I try agin each day.

Share when I can.

And pray.


Other things in life that are possible “alternative currencies” are:

Respect

You have to give it to get it is a common saying.

Give people respect and see how it changes the situation or your outlook and see where that takes you.

You may be surprised to find that people might like you more if you take the chance to give a little respect instead of demanding it from them upfront.


Ideas

Ideas can be valueable.

People need help coming up with new and innovate things.

Or ideas can make life more interesting when you come up with an idea to try something new or different.

At the end of the day, share your ideas for free, because it is better than trying to sell them.

People will see that you care about them and want to help.


Relationships / Networking

We discussed how knowing the right people can help you in finding a place to work.

But also having a good network and good relationships can help you in other ways too.

Being friendly opens up a world of experiences and plenty of opportunity to go places you never thought you would go.

The ability to get along well with others will return great rewards!


Volunteering / Helping

Another great thing to value is volunteering and helping others.

Even if it is only a small amount of time, the compassion you show can make a big difference in someone’s life.

It is easy in this world to get caught up with all the things that need to get done, but finding a way to get outside yourself and help someone else will always be worth it!


Caring / Sharing

Sadly people often don’t care about other people.

Actually caring about someone and sharing with them can create a wealth of riches beyond anything money can buy.


Trust

Gaining and keeping trust in others matters in having healthy relationships.

Without it, it is hard to build bonds and to get to a place beyond exchanging pleasantries and other surface conversations.


Inspiring / Encouragement / Motivation

People can often use a kind word to help them throughout their day.

In this world we have all sorts of negativity coming our way from every angle.

Be different.

Be the person people want to talk to because they know there is a silver-lining of hope in this world.


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We covered many different ideas of what could be an “alternative currency”, but there is sure to be more!

Whatever it is that you can come up with that matters to you can be your own most valuable thing and we encourage you to find ways to change your lifestyle to live for your currency.

Once you find out what moves you, it is important to look at what makes others move.

Finding ways to get what you want won’t work unless you help others get what they want.

There are tons of inspirational quotes on this such as this one from Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing The Sale: “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

Sounds simple enough.

But do you have to actually care about others?

Yes to be successful you do.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3

Taking this path of life isn’t always easy, but we think it will ultimately be well worth the effort!


Next week we will take a look at Avoiding Burn Out. Most all of us have been there. We are beyond stuck. We are burnt out!

But what can we do about it?


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.


Michael


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Lahaina – Maui, Hawaii

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Aloha one final time!


The following contains photos and information from my recent trip to Maui the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. I have been home awhile now and so I am happy to share with you what I experienced. Mahalo.Also check out my wife’s post about Hawaiian culture!

It also includes some great info on The Road to Hana!

Or my other two Hawaiian Posts:

Welcome to Hawaii – A Look Back

The Road to Hana – Maui, Hawaii

 


Today I am going to share with you a bit of our time we spent in Lahaina!

Here are some pictures that I snapped along the way with a little story thrown in for fun!

“Lāhainā is the largest census-designated place (CDP) in West Maui.”

It also “was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1820 to 1845”.

The city was a great place to go and we spent a good amount of time there visiting different shops, eating at multiple restaurants over the course of our trip, and taking in the great views that I am going to share with you today!


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One evening we decided to try out Aloha Mixed Plate.


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We had to park a short walk away and wait a bit for a table, but it was a great place to go!

The food was good and the views were fantastic!


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As you can see by the smile of my wife’s face, we had a great time!

Then after dinner we took in a beautiful sunset!


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One day we spent time at Whalers Village and another day we went to The Outlets of Maui.


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We of course stopped by the banyan tree in Courthouse Square which “is the largest banyan tree in the United States.”


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Right next to the Courthouse was also the Old Lahaina Fort Walls made of Coral!


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After all that walking and sightseeing we were hungry and so we decided to grab a bite to eat at Down the Hatch.


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I had the amazing Sampler Platter that had Lava Shrimp, Kalua Pig Quesadilla, and delicious Crispy Calamari!

Needless to say, it was fantastic!

After that we took a short walk back to The Outlets of Maui where we took in a free Hula Show.


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My wife shares more informatioin and fantastic pictures of the Hula Show in her post: My New Take on the Hawaiian Culture!

After the show, we went walking the sea side again and took in the sights as the night drew near.


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As we walked around I noticed they had some fun and unique store front signs and so I snapped shots of them as we walked.


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As the night drew to a close we took in the sunset again and then headed home!


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This trip to Hawaii was a ton of fun and I would recommend it to anyone who gets the chance to travel!

That’s all for now! Mahalo!


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.



Michael


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Confounding Compounding Interest

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The legend goes that one day a traveling sage was challenged by the king to a game of chess.


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For those of you who are not familiar with this story let me continue…

“The king was a big chess enthusiast and had the habit of challenging wise visitors to a game of chess. One day a traveling sage was challenged by the king. To motivate his opponent the king offered any reward that the sage could name. The sage modestly asked just for a few grains of rice in the following manner: the king was to put a single grain of rice on the first chess square and double it on every consequent one.

Having lost the game and being a man of his word the king ordered a bag of rice to be brought to the chess board. Then he started placing rice grains according to the arrangement: 1 grain on the first square, 2 on the second, 4 on the third, 8 on the fourth and so on…

Following the exponential growth of the rice payment the king quickly realized that he was unable to fulfill his promise because on the twentieth square the king would have had to put 1,000,000 grains of rice. On the fortieth square the king would have had to put 1,000,000,000 grains of rice. And, finally on the sixty fourth square the king would have had to put more than 18,000,000,000,000,000,000 grains of rice which is equal to about 210 billion tons and is allegedly sufficient to cover the whole territory of India with a meter thick layer of rice. At ten grains of rice per square inch, the above amount requires rice fields covering twice the surface area of the Earth, oceans included.”

In other words this is an example of exponential growth.

We would be foolish to think that anybody would agree to the terms that would result in a payout like the rice and chessboard legend.

But what about a different payout that achieved high growth, though not quite exponential?

What would we say if maybe there was another way?

Something you may have heard of and even read about in a resteem?

The type of growth that I am referring to now is that of the title Compounding Interest.


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The thing is the math behind compounding interest works!

“Compound interest (or compounding interest) is interest calculated on the initial principal and also on the accumulated interest of previous periods of a deposit or loan. Thought to have originated in 17th-century Italy, compound interest can be thought of as “interest on interest,” and will make a sum grow at a faster rate than simple interest, which is calculated only on the principal amount. The rate at which compound interest accrues depends on the frequency of compounding; the higher the number of compounding periods, the greater the compound interest.”.

The point I am going to make is that although in mathematical theory compounding interest is real, try to find it in the real world.

Besides the earlier resteem, I also resteemed the [Follow Up Post:] 4 Years From Today You’ll Have Over $150K USD – True or False? – or – Can Worst Case Scenario Be Even Worse?

Growing up we were shown examples of how we could put our money in a savings account that at 10% compounding interest would grow and grow and grow (similar to the chart graphic above)!

Probelm was, that bank didn’t offer 10% compouniding interest.

Then when I got a job the HR had what amounts to a sales rep come and explain that we have the option to invest in a retirement vehicle that could grow at great returns.

It wasn’t offering compound interest, but was suggesting how big our retirement could get with 10% annual returns.

Trouble is they can’t guarantee 10% annual returns.

In fact you might lose it all!


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The mythical explosive growth, whether exponential or compounding is sure to be elusive.

Anyone capable of making such a payout, probably has no interest in agreeing to such a deal.

Those who have the means, have them becauses they are able to make deals that don’t end up badly for themselves.

Maybe there is somewhere out there that has a way for you to know guaranteed returns, but until then we are all searching for them!


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.



Michael


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Adrián Beltré Hit 3K, Will Bitcoin?

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Texas Rangers 3rd baseman Adrián Beltré has reached a milestone with 3000 hits in his major league career!


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In total, 30 players have reached the 3,000 hit mark in MLB history.

That is, 30 players until Beltré did it today!

Being a baseball fan, I love watching “historic” moments like these.

I was fortuante enough to accidently see Sammy Sosa hit his 600thhomerun.

My brother and I were at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington which is only a few blocks away from the Ranger’s Ballpark.

After a day at the amusement park, we bounced over to the ballpark.

As we walked in, they handed us a commemorative glossy paper that we could staple our tickets to, in the event Sosa actually hit # 600.

Low and behold, he did!


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But enough about baseball, what about Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is creeping ever closer to it’s all time high of $2999.91, but will it go over the $3000 mark before the August 1st deadline and pending split?

On this day, “We the People will breathe new life into Bitcoin”so say the Bitcoin Cash team.

From a non-technical side of things, I have no idea what support the Bitcoin Cash team have, but I do know, if they fork, then there are plans for FastBitcoin or “Bitcoin-United” to take a snap shot of the Bitcoin Blockchain at the same time and offer their coin on the BitShares Decentralized Exchange.

To me this sounds like a “win-win” if you take a few minutes of your day to figure out how to get your Bitcoin private keys to keep them in your possession before August 1st.

Or you could just let another opportunity pass you by…


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.



Michael


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Hello Win Column!

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This is one of my all time favorite phrases from the world of sports.


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For those of you who are not familiar with this phrase, let me explain…

Mark Holtz worked for the Major League Baseball (MLB) team of the Texas Rangers starting in 1981 as “broadcaster on Rangers’ cable games, then from 1982-1994 as play-by-play announcer on Rangers’ radio broadcasts.”


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My family moved to Texas in 1990 and one of the only things I had to hold onto in this transition was playing little league baseball.

In Indiana, back from where I moved from, there were no MLB teams and the closest team was a minor league team known as the Indianapolis Indians.

Now that we were in Texas, the Rangers were the closest team, and thereby making them my default favorite.


For more on why I am a baseball fan, check out:
Fifteen Ways Baseball Has Transformed My Life


Growing up in the heat of the Texas Summers, watching or listening to baseball was always a fun distraction!

Although I didn’t realize it at the time, the worlds of Mark Holtz would stick with me and encourage me for a life time.

His phrase “Hello Win Column” was Holtz’ signature closing phrase which he would exclaim after every Rangers win.

You see the thing is winning isn’t everything and for most my life it wasn’t even anything I thought much about outside of sports.

I did well in school but I didn’t try my best.

I wasn’t trying to win.

From one of my previous post:

“When I was in high school I had set the bar low.

Really low.

I was a classic underachiever.

The problem was I had low expectations of myself.

No aspirations in life.

No real plans.

I was just floating through life.

That was until one day I made up my mind to be different, to go for the win, to have no more 3 and outs.

This sent me down a path towards wanting to win.


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After reading the book Pre-Suasion by social psychologist Robert Cialdini, I put the above picture as the background image on my cell phone.


Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

I was finally starting to take these words of wisdom to heart.

My life needed to change and I wanted to win, but I didn’t want to do it alone.

The exact place I first came across the idea of a “win-win situation” escapes me, but it is something that I am always looking to achieve.

I want to make deals, moves, and changes that don’t just benefit myself but are helpful and useful to those around me.

One such opportunity was something I’ve been meaning to tell you about and did.

Another opportunity has arisen and I want to it share with you too.

The thing is, I know this thing has “win-win” potential, yet I am not sure that it is quite as evident as getting money for doing something.

Let me put it this way, I will give you the opportunity and what you do with it can make it a win for you if you are looking for this sort of thing.


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Many people on Steemit are new to the world of Cryptocurrency.

Steemit was my first type of cryptocurrency to earn and hold and watch grow.

But I had heard of Bitcoin and wanted to know more about blockchain technology.

My friend and fellow Steemian @mctiller introduced me to BlockTrades as a way to quickly exchange digital currency.

Soon I was able to have other currencies, but I didn’t know where.

I needed a place to send them.

That is when I found out I could trade cryptocurrencies on exchanges.

Now for newbies like me, exchanges can be a bit overwhelming to get used to, but once you get a grasp of things, that is when the hard part starts.

Deciding what cryptocurrencies to pick is no easy task and requires research.

Or you can just wing it!

But you might lose your shirt!

Realistically, you should only use money that you can afford to lose and for me this was the earnings generated from steemit.

All my steemit earnings were above and byond my normal income and other retirement plans and so I used them on the exchange markets.

I started on just one market, Poloniex, but have now gotten out of that one due to several issues other users have had recently.

Currently, I use a few others, but none with as much potential as BitShares.

If you follow Stan, “The Godfather of BitShares, Fast Bitcoin, and the HERO, then you already know the next thing I am about to tell you.

They are starting The Billion Hero Challenge which is one giant “win-win” situation!


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A quick explanation is that they are creating a prize that will be backed by equity in BitShares’ currency BTS.

And for you to get the HERO, what better place to do it than the BitShares/OpenLedger Decentralized Exchange which “allows you to trade assets in real time, securely, with ultra-low fees.”

There you go!

I want you to join me in my quest to be a HERO!

The Marketing Campaign Behind the Billion Hero Challenge is just ramping up as they put out more and more and more articles to garner attention to the cause.

Soon enough the contest will be in full swing and I don’t want to be left behind and since I want it to be a “win-win”, I don’t want you to be left behind either.

Join me!


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.



Michael


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My Look at Steppenwolf (Possible Spoilers)

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Steppenwolf by the German-Swiss author Hermann Hesse is one of the most bizarre and fascinating books I have ever read.


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I don’t know the exact dates when I read it, but I think it was sometime in the first half of the year in 2011.

However, whenever it was, the story sticks with me deep in my mind.

As the story begins, the hero is beset by reflections on his being ill-suited for the world of everyday, regular people, specifically for frivolous bourgeois society. In his aimless wanderings about the city he encounters a person carrying an advertisement for a magic theatre who gives him a small book, Treatise on the Steppenwolf. This treatise, cited in full in the novel’s text as Harry reads it, addresses Harry by name and strikes him as describing himself uncannily. It is a discourse on a man who believes himself to be of two natures: one high, the spiritual nature of man; the other is low and animalistic, a “wolf of the steppes”.

This was of particular interest to me around that time in my life because I wondered if I was “ill-suited for the world of everyday, regular people, specifically for frivolous bourgeois society.”.

I had graduated college in 2008 and had yet to get a full-time job.

Also I had spent my time in college getting a degree in Social Studies because I want to know what makes people tick and how they function and how I could fit in.

In my years in college I would spend time wandering the streets on walks late into the night.

College was also the period of time in my life where I was exploring world religions and philosophy such as the “spiritual nature of man”.

All these factors resonated with me while I read Steppenwolf.


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Struggling to cope with society, Harry, begins thinking about his own possible suicide.

Life can seem empty at times.

Harry then meets a young-woman named Hermine who “introduces Harry to the indulgences of what he calls the “bourgeois”. She teaches Harry to dance, introduces him to casual drug use, finds him a lover (Maria), and, more importantly, forces him to accept these as legitimate and worthy aspects of a full life.

This reminds me of something I came across last week in What will football be like in the future? (h/t slatestarcodex)

“And now boredom is their only enemy. And they get up in the morning and fight it every day of their eternal lives. Recreation and play sustain them. Football sustains them.”

Humans have long struggled with ennui.

Those who do should consider themselves to be so lucky.

In Steppenwolf Harry enters a Magic Theatre.

Here is where the novel gets weird, yet so very intriguing.

“The Magic Theatre is a place where he experiences the fantasies that exist in his mind. The Theater is described as a long horseshoe-shaped corridor with a mirror on one side and a great many doors on the other. Harry enters five of these labeled doors, each of which symbolizes a fraction of his life.”

Each door holds a fantasy store that is as captivating as it is strange.

Perhaps I have written myself into reading it once again.

Have you ever read Steppenwolf?
What do you think of it?


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Stay Strange.


Michael


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Twice Baked Potato Beer Review – Guest Post by Jeremy Wright

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Other Half out of Brooklyn has been putting out world class NEIPAs (New England India Pale Ales), and this is no different.


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It’s probably going to be a juice bomb, just like all the rest of the Other Half IPAs I drink.

Other Half also collaborated with Monkish Brewing out of Torrance, CA.

Twice Baked Potato was canned on 7/06/2017, so it’s just a shade over 2 weeks old.

I crack the can open and immediately can smell the citrus coming from the Galaxy and Vic Secret hops. I also get a little bit of the earthy aroma from the Simcoe, which I believe is a nice addition.

As I pour it into the matching Teku glass, the beer is golden and hazy as can be, which is also expected being a Northeast IPA.

The aromas from the glass are dominated by dank, citrus, and pine.


The second the beer hits my tongue, I know I’m in for a treat.

With the first sip, I get a lot of the grapefruit and lemon from the Galaxy and Vic Secret.

There is minimal bitterness to Twice Baked Potato, which I personally love.

Save the bitterness for the West Coast.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied.

Perfect carbonation, which really works well with the citrus notes. With every drink, I love this beer more and more. About halfway through the beer, some pineapple notes start to come out.

I was a little thrown off at how light the beer was when I poured it out, but it doesn’t take away from the beer at all.


Overall, this beer is beautiful in all aspects. It is a damn good beer.

I have absolutely no problems with this beer.

The mastery of Other Half and Monkish really come out in Twice Baked Potato.

I think this beer stands out way more than their “everyday” beers, but at this point in the NEIPA craze, it’s hard to find a beer that you can just walk up and get to go without having to wait in line for hours to get.


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Stay Strange.


Jeremy


Beer Review by Jeremy Wright – 7/22/2017 

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