Stickman Brews Blog: Q & A with Sam McCoy

By Paul Miller

Web Content Specialist

Our Stickman Brews blog will be a regular opportunity to share some of the people behind the scenes of Stickman who are responsible for making or serving your favorite beverages in the area. This blog will feature Sam McCoy, assistant brewer at Stickman Brews.


Stickman Brews: Can you explain more fully your passion for mash in and other brewing processes?

Sam: Well I’m pretty old fashioned when it comes to my passion for the mash in. Whether it be splash’n in the mash in or cold crash’n a batch’n the fermenters, it’s all just such a joy.

Stickman Brews: If you weren't working in beer, what would you be doing?

Sam: Having an existential crisis managing restaurants and hoping for a giant flaming meteor to fall directly on top of me and take me out.

Stickman Brews: How did you get so healthy and do you think it makes others uncomfortable?

Sam: Do you really want to get me started talking about CrossFit? You know how annoying we all are.

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Stickman Brews: What's your favorite job at Stickman besides brewing?

Sam: Cooking for sure. The sounds of the fryers and flattop drown out the cursing under my breath that would be deemed inappropriate in one of the front of house positions.

Stickman Brews: Would you say that you chose the brew life or that the brew life chose you?

Sam: The brew life saved me.

Stickman Brews: You're a big hip hop fan outside of work. Which rapper do you most closely resemble in your daily life?

Sam: Probably Wiz Khalifa due to his newfound lifestyle of fitness but also his obvious recreational hobbies which I will not incriminate myself by disclosing.

Stickman Brews: Where did the cowboy boots go?

Sam: All I wear are big goofy ugly rubber boots now.

Until the next blog, just remember, “It’s a Stickman, just drink it.”

Sour Beers are the topic of Episode #4 on Bad Beer and High Prices

By Paul Miller

Web Content Specialist

Stickman Brews is proud to release the fourth edition of their podcast “Bad Beer and High Prices”, this time discussing sour beers.

On the show, Jim and Ethan Buckman are joined by Kate Sorrento for a discussion all about one of the trendiest beer styles while chatting about some local breweries that do amazing things with sours.

During the episode, the crew also discuss sours at Stickman, the nuances of sour beer specifications, and debut a hysterical new segment, “The Untapped Review of the Week”.

Don’t miss this instant classic episode!

Bad Beer and High Prices will return in two weeks with a look at Belgian style beers.

Until the next podcast just remember, “It’s a Stickman. Just drink it.”

Bad Beer and High Prices returns to talk Stouts and Porters

By Paul Miller

Web Content Specialist

Off the heels of wildly successful debut podcasts, Stickman Brews is proud to release the third edition of their podcast “Bad Beer and High Prices”.

On the show, Jim and Ethan Buckman are joined by Kate Sorrento for a discussion all about the history of stouts and porters.

During the episode, the crew discusses the history of stouts and porters in the beer industry. They also talk about the good (and not so good) of the style in their opinions and discuss Stickman's contributions.

Bad Beer and High Prices will return in two weeks with a look at sour beers.

Until the next podcast just remember, “It’s a Stickman. Just drink it.”

Stickman Brews Blog: Q & A with Terry Murphy

By Paul Miller

Web Content Specialist

Our Stickman Brews blog will be a regular opportunity to share some of the people behind the scenes of Stickman that are responsible for making or serving your favorite beverages in the area. This blog will feature Terry Murphy, a legendary bartender in SEPA and someone we consider a friend.

Stickman Brews: When did you first realize Stickman had the best brews in SEPA?

Terry: For me, it was probably when I was hired since they decided hire the best person in PA. Just kidding! In all seriousness, it was shortly after I was given the opportunity to be part of the staff. I gradually learned how great the entire crew here at Stick was, and of course the beer. For me, it goes beyond the great beer Stickman makes. It’s the quality service, family atmosphere (for workers and patrons), and culture that the team creates that does it for me.

Stickman Brews: What would you say is your favorite part about bartending at Stickman?

Terry: Besides being able to work and share laughs with close friends and family, it has to be interacting with the customers. Whether regulars or new customers, I love getting to meet new people, share a conversation, and hopefully positively impact someone’s day! 

Stickman Brews: What would you say is your favorite moment with Stickman?

Terry: I have a few that come to mind: The Pig Roast (First time working), The Anniversary Parties, and a few big can releases... However, one that sticks out to me was when the boys headed to Colorado for the Great American Beer Fest for the first time. I was still a young lad trying to prove myself to the team. This gave me an opportunity to show that I had the chops and was committed to being part of the Stickman family! The rest....is history.

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Stickman Brews: What do you do when you are not at Stickman?

Terry: Drink Stickman and talk about Stickman...really not really.. Monday through Friday I am a division manager for a few relationship managements teams within my companies Group Insurance division, but that’s boring. Outside of working, I enjoy going to the gym, playing sports, spending time with my friends, family, and dog. Ask me if I have a dog and you’re likely to get shown a few pictures.

Stickman Brews: Why are “Sunday’s with Sean” exceptional?

Terry: You might want to come in and find out for yourselves. My answer won’t do SWS any justice.

Stickman Brews: What is your favorite non-Stickman brew?

Terry: This is a tough one. My beer mood changes with the seasons like many people. A go-to for me (if I am having more than my fair share) would Founders All Day IPA. Not a sexy choice, but it’s an easy drinker.

Stickman Brews: Shout out your favorite regular.

Terry: Wow, this is a hard choice! Thanks for putting me on the spot. There are so many to name. They are like a parent’s children, you love them all equally. Being a good sport, gun to my head, I am going to have to go with Brian, Mike, and Doug.

Stop by the taproom at Stickman Brews - Royersford and catch up with Mike. Let him know you read this blog and inflate his ego!

Until the next blog just remember, “It’s a Stickman. Just drink it.”

Stickman Brews Blog: Q & A with Brendan Breslin

Our Stickman Brews blog will be a regular opportunity to share some of the people behind the scenes of Stickman that are responsible for making or serving your favorite beverages in the area. This blog will feature head brewer Brendan Breslin, an amazing guy and first-rate brewer.

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Stickman Brews: Why did you want to ruin your life by becoming a brewer?

Brendan: A few years ago I walked into my first interview to be a brewery intern. I wanted to follow my deep passion and love for beer. It’s been downhill ever since.

Stickman Brews: When you are brewing, what are your favorite beers to make?

Brendan: Two of my favorite are a Helles Lager and an Imperial Stout. When it comes to Stickman Beers: General Merriment, Hills Are Alive, and Breakfast for Dummies are my absolutely favs to make in the brew house.

Stickman Brews: Do you have any particular favorite beers to drink?

I love a good Helles Lager because Helles and Pizza should be consumed together. And I consume A LOT of pizza.

Stickman Brews: In the four hours a week you're not at work, what are you doing with your time?

Brendan: Hanging at a bar in South Philly or on my couch chillaxing. I also just ran the Marathon last November and I play ice hockey weekly, so yeah I am active sometimes.

Brendan works the canning line at Stickman.

Brendan works the canning line at Stickman.

Stickman Brews: How do you make it all look so easy?

The TRUTH is that it IS EASY. Everyone else likes to make it look hard, but guess who DOESN’T make the best beer in SEPA. You’re right. Everyone else.

Stickman Brews: Shout out your favorite uncool macro or lager beer.

Brendan: Find me doing Tecate Tequila City Wides at Adobe Café on Passyunk.

Stickman Brews: Do you have anything else you're focusing on outside of the beer world right now?

Brendan: I make square pizza and tomato pie. It’s sorta like making beer that you can eat so making the dough really interests me. I add a lot of cheese on top and mess around with cool flavors and toppings because it can get real crazy. I call it Pizza Brez. You can follow it all on Instagram at PizzaBrez. Big and exciting news is coming soon! Follow and wait for the Za!

Stop by the taproom at Stickman Brews and try some of Brendan’s latest creations. Let him know you read this blog and inflate his ego!

Until the next blog just remember, “It’s a Stickman. Just drink it.”

Stickman Brews talks all about the magical history of lagers

By Paul Miller

Web Content Specialist

Off the heels of a wildly successful debut podcast, Stickman Brews is proud to release the second edition of the new podcast “Bad Beer and High Prices”.

On the show, Jim and Ethan Buckman are joined by Kate Sorrento for a discussion all about the history of lagers, the India Pale Lager craze, and what it really means to put corn syrup in a beer.

During the episode, the crew break down the different variations of brewing lagers, including the complexity of the styles, pro tips for homebrewers making lagers, and other nonsense.

Also on the podcast, we discuss a variety of other topics:

  • What does it mean for a beer to be malty?

  • Is brewing with corn syrup really so bad?

  • The highs and lows of lager making from local breweries

Bad Beer and High Prices will return in May for an extended look at stouts

Until the next podcast just remember, “It’s a Stickman. Just drink it.”

Stickman Brews debuts podcast, Bad Beers and High Prices

By Paul Miller

Web Content Specialist

Stickman Brews is proud to debut the first edition of our brand new podcast, entitled Bad Beer and High Prices.

On the show, Jim and Ethan Buckman are joined by Kate Sorrento for a discussion all about IPAs, with a particular look at craft beer’s biggest trend, New England-style IPAs.

During the episode, the group discusses how NEIPAs are made, the hype surrounding the style, and how Stickman Brews has adapted to consumer demand over the years.

Also on the podcast, we discuss a variety of other topics:

  • The history of IPAs

  • The way NEIPAs are brewed and what the true flavors are

  • The group’s favorite IPAs

  • Our least favorite Untapped comments of the month

Bad Beer and High Prices will return in April for an extended look at lagers.

Until the next podcast just remember, “It’s a Stickman. Just drink it.”

Stickman Brews Blog: Q & A with Mike Ricciutti

By Paul Miller

Web Content Specialist

Our Stickman Brews blog will be a regular opportunity to share some of the people behind the scenes of Stickman that are responsible for making or serving your favorite beverages in the area. This blog will feature Mike Ricciutti, a long-time employee and one of the best bartenders around.

Stickman Brews: When did you first realize that Stickman was the best in SEPA?

Mike: Well, to be honest when we first opened the doors at Stickman and had “Plant Matter” or “Frankie Holland” or “Chain Smoking Soccer Mom” on tap, among others. I wasn’t sure what we would be. We wanted to brew all Belgian Style Ales and had an open-top fermentation brew system that was tricky, but proved to be a great learning tool.

We entered our beer into the Great American Beer Festival in our first year of operation and I assumed we would win something… we won nothing. I think I began to realize our potential when we took home a bronze medal the following year for “Cousin Stoopid”.

The Philly Beer Scene Awards Banquet was another eye opener for me. Stickman represented so well that evening and when I looked around the room I knew that we were here for good and that we would be a force to reckon with!

Stickman Brews: What’s your favorite part about bartending? 

Mike: I think my favorite part of tending bar at Stickman is simply conversing with the people about US. Our beer style, the beer names, the characters on our staff, and the fact that customers generally appreciate the rapport we’ve built and continue to build with the patrons.

Stickman Brews: Can you think of your favorite moment at Stickman?

Mike: This is a no-brainer. It has to be the Stickman 1 Year Anniversary Party. It was just so special. The turnout, the energy from the crowd and the Whiskeyhickon Boys. And, of course, the beer and food.

Stickman Brews: What do you do when you’re not at Stickman?

Mike: Generally, I drink myself into a stupor consuming Stickman Brews. Otherwise, I am not really sure what else I do.

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Stickman Brews: Describe your pallet for the people.

Mike: I prefer a patron that likes diversity, like our beer menu. It is always nice when customers smile and laugh at one of our beer names, or talks to others about how great this or that beer is, and the best part is when patrons come in and generally are so happy to get a phresh pint.

Stickman Brews: Favorite non-Stickman beer?

Mike: If I had one choice for a big brewer, it would probably be Sam Adams. They have so many options and styles and I would argue that Sam Adams put microbrews on the map.. I would rarely turn down a PBR or a High Life but those beers are tailgate specials.

Stickman Brews: Shout out your favorite regular.

Mike: There are too many favorite regulars to name, but I would say that Glen is an oldie but a goodie.

Stop by the taproom at Stickman Brews - Royersford and catch up with Mike. Let him know you read this blog and inflate his ego!

Until the next blog just remember, “It’s a Stickman. Just drink it.”