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Ethan Fixell

Ethan Fixell

Ethan Fixell is a writer and comedian from New York City. He is one half of “dating coach” comedy duo Dave and Ethan, and the creator of ActualConversation.com.

Follow him on Twitter: @EthanFixell

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  • Favorite foods: Beer.
  • Last bite on earth: Beer.

On the Beer Trail: An Epic Beer Tasting in Salt Lake City

Though I seem to have somehow inherited Dean Martin's liver, no one else in my immediate family is much of a drinker. So when I took a ski trip with my Dad and brother to Utah, a drop-in at Epic Brewing Company in Salt Lake City wasn't an easy sell. Still, aware of my priorities while touring on the road, my travel companions were willing to make the concession in exchange for my committing to the hotel pullout that night. More

On the Beer Trail: A Comedian Consumes in California

I'm ashamed to admit that in four separate trips to Los Angeles this year, I failed to taste an ounce of local craft beer. The first three visits, I was hurried in and out of town for performances on the Tonight Show. The fourth visit was to meet with production companies about a script my comedy partner and I wrote. (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, meet your less handsome, hairier successors.) But on my fifth trip, for a show at Loyola Marymount University, I made sure to build in time for tasting at one of the best new beer bars the Los Angeles area has to offer. More

On the Beer Trail: Syracuse, New York

Thankfully, the school we performing at that night offered us a meal stipend (don't get me started on college cafeteria "fish"). But when Dave and I arrived at Empire Brewing Company with an envelope full of beer—I mean, dinner—money, we were greeted by a thirsty crowd overflowing into the street. Was this Syracuse, I asked myself, or New Orleans during Mardi Gras? Judging by the lack of bare breasts, it was definitely Syracuse. More

On the Beer Trail: City Steam 'Naughty Nurse' in Connecticut

The true "work" of a touring comedian isn't what's done on stage—it's what it takes to get there. And I don't mean that in the "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice!" sense, either. I'm talking about plain old crappy travel. Spending nearly all of your waking hours in a car with another man for multiple days in a row will force you to develop methods of breaking the monotony together. And inevitably, around the three hour mark, things start to get weird. More

On the Beer Trail: Bridge Brew Works Trubell in West Virginia

After thirty minutes of trading jokes, the five of us were sneaking into Konrad's shop for an after-hours "late night snack." The place was a wonderland. Before me were beers upon beers stacked upon beers: strange local experiments; new and retired Chatoe Rogue ales; rare Belgian dubbels; and scores from my home state of New York, such as Southern Tier's imperial Pumking. They had it all. More

On the Beer Trail: Dry Dock Double IPA in Colorado

Fortunately, I did a much better job of planning my return trip to Colorado than I did my first visit to the state. But I couldn't resist over-booking, aiming to travel through Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Aurora for stops at six different breweries in a mere 48 hours. Allowing time for sleeping, eating, and a whole lotta peeing, I was left with a total of twelve business hours to cover some serious drinking ground. More

On the Beer Trail: Avery Mephistopheles' Stout in Colorado

My first ever trip to Colorado was a whirlwind: I still can't remember many of the details because of how overwhelmed I was by the plethora of renowned craft beer...Or maybe that was just because I was drinking so much. But I do know this: on my hectic maiden journey I fell in love with the Rockies. (The mountains, not the baseball team. Only a mother could love them after last season.) More

On the Beer Trail: Boulevard Chocolate Ale in Missouri

The legend of Boulevard Brewing's Chocolate Ale haunts Kansas City like that of Nessie or Bigfoot: Nearly everyone I spoke to had either tasted the beer months ago or at least knew someone who tried it, yet every bar was out of it or never carried it in the first place. Bartenders and barflies alike seemed to speak of this "holy grail" in hushed, reverent tones—as if the beer's existence could be shattered by the mere utterance of its name. More

On the Beer Trail: Smuttynose Imperial Stout in New Hampshire

For anyone under the assumption that New Hampshire, the geographically conjoined twin of Vermont—America's greenest state; the neo-hippie birthplace of Ben and Jerry's and Phish—would produce anything but some of the baddest-ass beer in the country, I must correct you. And you're lucky I'm the one doing it, because if New Hampshire were here, she'd probably be a whole lot less polite about it. More

On the Beer Trail: Turbo Tasting at Tröegs in Hershey, PA

Nice. If I ever somehow come across that Mango IPA, @MerMei, I'm gonna jump on it. Pizza Boy Brewing is supposed to be ridiculous -- would love to go there, @Bailohj8. Haven't heard of Brewery at Hershey, though... will look into it!

On the Beer Trail: Turbo Tasting at Tröegs in Hershey, PA

Dammit, I knew I missed something, @emgroff. I'm over the Nectar, but I'll head back there for the bologna.

On the Beer Trail: Turbo Tasting at Tröegs in Hershey, PA

Awesome, Mermei! I haven't tried that Mango IPA, but have heard amazing things about it. How was it??

AMEN to your recommendation -- even a 15 minute visit is worth it!

On the Beer Trail: Turbo Tasting at Tröegs in Hershey, PA

Yeah @Bailohj8, I had no idea Hershey had so much going on. And @Ghostly, sadly I think the sale has since ended. KMart has some great prices, though...

On the Beer Trail: An Epic Beer Tasting in Salt Lake City

Ah, yes....I recall this now. But personally, I prefer his partner Matt's sweet nectar -- simply sublime.

On the Beer Trail: An Epic Beer Tasting in Salt Lake City

You mean Nugget hops? Unfortunately not, @RedChair...would love to hear more about it, though.

On the Beer Trail: An Epic Beer Tasting in Salt Lake City

That's what I'm hearing, @MmmBeer. Everyone seems to agree with me that Epic is solid across the board -- only the fruity Brainless beers are hit or miss.

On the Beer Trail: An Epic Beer Tasting in Salt Lake City

Not normally a huge fan of sweet/fruit beers, but I have a soft spot for sour apple. And I'd still definitely try the Brainless raspberry if i came across it.

On the Beer Trail: An Epic Beer Tasting in Salt Lake City

I know, the Imperial Red was awesome, right? I've got a bottle of Brainless in my fridge, haven't cracked it yet. Looking forward to it... Thanks for reading, @Randi!

On the Beer Trail: An Epic Beer Tasting in Salt Lake City

Never had the sour apple, but it sounds pretty awesome @ChristopherRobin88... Was it a limited run or a year-round brew? Gotta try that next time I'm in SLC!

On the Beer Trail: An Epic Beer Tasting in Salt Lake City

Point taken, @JesseG. I will remember this when I return to Utah, so as not to offend any "Utahns."

On the Beer Trail: A Comedian Consumes in California

Yeah, I know it's not the ideal area, @thesteveroller, but I guess that's why it stuck out. Would love to hear some of your other picks nearby, though!

On the Beer Trail: A Comedian Consumes in California

Wow, thank you @deliciouslymeta. Couldn't have said it better myself! I really appreciate the post and your reading the column.

Numi's Savory Vegetable Teas: Way Too Weird, or Oddly Delicious?

I doubt there's much nutritional benefit, @XXDavidsonXX (perhaps some antioxidants?). I'd still be curious to see how they taste. Though Broccoli Cilantro does sound kind of terrifying...

Why Doesn't the Coffee I Make at Home Taste As Good As Café Coffee?

Thanks for this piece, @Meister -- I've been asking myself this question for months now, even after upping my equipment and bean game hardcore. Great article!

On the Beer Trail: A Comedian Consumes in California

Thanks, @muthalovin. At least you get it. Maybe I'll let Will go now...

On the Beer Trail: A Comedian Consumes in California

I have him tied up in my basement.

We Try The New Starbucks Hazelnut Macchiato

Couldn't have said it better myself, @Teachertalk -- I'm completely conflicted when it comes to Starbucks. They do offer a better alternative to terrible garbage corner bodega coffee... But their "macchiato" -- while admittedly tasty -- is anything BUT a macchiato. Not that that'll stop me from drinking another 20 of them next month... I love them. I hate them! I love them...

On the Beer Trail: Incredible Beer from...North Dakota?

Wow, awesome resource, @FMBeer. Which I had found your site before my trip to ND! Your info pretty much all checks out with what I had heard during my visit. And yeah, I don't know why she got all bent out of shape about the Fleishkuekle -- although I do know it's waaaay more popular in Bismarck than up in GF or Fargo (with Kroll's being an exception).

Anyway, thanks for reading -- I'll be making FMBeer.com a major part of my next trip to the state.

On the Beer Trail: Incredible Beer from...North Dakota?

I'm in. I'll let you know when I make it down, @GretchinF!

On the Beer Trail: Incredible Beer from...North Dakota?

Thanks for the recs, @Luby25. Montana has been on my list for awhile -- one of a few states I've never tried local beer in!

On the Beer Trail: Incredible Beer from...North Dakota?

Good thing Bismarck was already on my itinerary, @dawnalin. I gotta see my new peeps at Laughing Sun!

On the Beer Trail: Incredible Beer from...North Dakota?

Ha, yeah, obviously my travel experience unfairly tainted my North Dakota experience, @naenae. I didn't even book my own hotel -- the school did. But don't worry, as I mentioned above, I'll definitely be heading back to GF at some point to dine at the Toasted Frog -- do you know it?

On the Beer Trail: Syracuse, New York

No prob, @punkrockmartha. I was at The Black Olive, but from what I hear, Byblos Mediterranean Cafe is actually #1! (though technically it's Lebanese, not Greek.)

On the Beer Trail: Syracuse, New York

Sweet! I'm glad you can actually relate to this post for once... I really want to cover every single state so no one feels left out.

I've tasted plenty of Empire, so I don't feel like I missed TOO much, but I'll definitely stop by on my next trip to 'Cuse.

As for Ommegang, that's a whole other trip I have planned to Cooperstown. I'll keep you posted...

On the Beer Trail: An Epic Beer Tasting in Salt Lake City

Though I seem to have somehow inherited Dean Martin's liver, no one else in my immediate family is much of a drinker. So when I took a ski trip with my Dad and brother to Utah, a drop-in at Epic Brewing Company in Salt Lake City wasn't an easy sell. Still, aware of my priorities while touring on the road, my travel companions were willing to make the concession in exchange for my committing to the hotel pullout that night. More

On the Beer Trail: A Comedian Consumes in California

I'm ashamed to admit that in four separate trips to Los Angeles this year, I failed to taste an ounce of local craft beer. The first three visits, I was hurried in and out of town for performances on the Tonight Show. The fourth visit was to meet with production companies about a script my comedy partner and I wrote. (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, meet your less handsome, hairier successors.) But on my fifth trip, for a show at Loyola Marymount University, I made sure to build in time for tasting at one of the best new beer bars the Los Angeles area has to offer. More

On the Beer Trail: Syracuse, New York

Thankfully, the school we performing at that night offered us a meal stipend (don't get me started on college cafeteria "fish"). But when Dave and I arrived at Empire Brewing Company with an envelope full of beer—I mean, dinner—money, we were greeted by a thirsty crowd overflowing into the street. Was this Syracuse, I asked myself, or New Orleans during Mardi Gras? Judging by the lack of bare breasts, it was definitely Syracuse. More

On the Beer Trail: City Steam 'Naughty Nurse' in Connecticut

The true "work" of a touring comedian isn't what's done on stage—it's what it takes to get there. And I don't mean that in the "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice!" sense, either. I'm talking about plain old crappy travel. Spending nearly all of your waking hours in a car with another man for multiple days in a row will force you to develop methods of breaking the monotony together. And inevitably, around the three hour mark, things start to get weird. More

On the Beer Trail: Bridge Brew Works Trubell in West Virginia

After thirty minutes of trading jokes, the five of us were sneaking into Konrad's shop for an after-hours "late night snack." The place was a wonderland. Before me were beers upon beers stacked upon beers: strange local experiments; new and retired Chatoe Rogue ales; rare Belgian dubbels; and scores from my home state of New York, such as Southern Tier's imperial Pumking. They had it all. More

On the Beer Trail: Dry Dock Double IPA in Colorado

Fortunately, I did a much better job of planning my return trip to Colorado than I did my first visit to the state. But I couldn't resist over-booking, aiming to travel through Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Aurora for stops at six different breweries in a mere 48 hours. Allowing time for sleeping, eating, and a whole lotta peeing, I was left with a total of twelve business hours to cover some serious drinking ground. More

On the Beer Trail: Avery Mephistopheles' Stout in Colorado

My first ever trip to Colorado was a whirlwind: I still can't remember many of the details because of how overwhelmed I was by the plethora of renowned craft beer...Or maybe that was just because I was drinking so much. But I do know this: on my hectic maiden journey I fell in love with the Rockies. (The mountains, not the baseball team. Only a mother could love them after last season.) More

On the Beer Trail: Boulevard Chocolate Ale in Missouri

The legend of Boulevard Brewing's Chocolate Ale haunts Kansas City like that of Nessie or Bigfoot: Nearly everyone I spoke to had either tasted the beer months ago or at least knew someone who tried it, yet every bar was out of it or never carried it in the first place. Bartenders and barflies alike seemed to speak of this "holy grail" in hushed, reverent tones—as if the beer's existence could be shattered by the mere utterance of its name. More

On the Beer Trail: Smuttynose Imperial Stout in New Hampshire

For anyone under the assumption that New Hampshire, the geographically conjoined twin of Vermont—America's greenest state; the neo-hippie birthplace of Ben and Jerry's and Phish—would produce anything but some of the baddest-ass beer in the country, I must correct you. And you're lucky I'm the one doing it, because if New Hampshire were here, she'd probably be a whole lot less polite about it. More