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Staff Favorites: Jon Gaffney

In the latest edition of Staff Favorites, we turn to one of Gear Patrol’s longest standing contributors, Mr. Jon Gaffney. The New England native was always a shoe in for the team thanks to his eye for craftsmanship, an obsession for photography and a hunger for physical challenge that at times made us question his sanity (in a loving, concerned way, of course). Luckily, he still knows how to properly relax, typically on a dock somewhere in Maine between waterskiing runs, which also happens to be his default answer to “where he’d rather be”. But you didn’t really need to read this to know any of these things. His favorites tell the story far more eloquently than we ever will.

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Tasting Notes: Guinness Black Lager

The first thing you should know about Guinness’s latest creation is that it’s targeting a broader market of drinkers who may not be fans of their meal-in-a-pint stouts. Though it’s called a Black Lager, beer geeks will point out that it’s technically a very specific German brew called Schwarzbier or “black beer”. Developed long before…

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Compartes Black Collection Chocolates

We don’t come across too many sweet treats worth sharing, but after learning that the Compartes Black Collection ($30-$55) is made with ingredients like Guiness and 15-year-old Macallan, we found ourselves unable to hold back. At their base, each chocolate truffle set is made from fair trade single-origin chocolate ganache. They’re then differentiated by a…

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Like Classic Guinness, With a Bite

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Claiming that Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is a new offering from the esteemed Irish beer brand is technically inaccurate. The reality is it was brewed for more than two centuries and dates back to 1801. Back then it was known as West India Porter until the mid-19th century and was distinguished by its more intense…