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Cheech and Kevin, Part 2

BrewersWhile last weekend’s Beach to Beach Power Swim was a big success, after the race a good time was had by all at an island barbecue was at Oppenheimer Beach. At the beach, St. John Brewers Kevin and Cheech set up a tap to pour their new Island Summer Ale. We had a chance to talk with them about the new brew. Here’s part two of that interview. To listen on your computer, click the play button below.

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Beer makers introduce their new brew

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The boys at the Tap Room have been cooking something up, for months: Island Summer Ale.  It’s on island now. 

"It is a light refreshing summer beer perfect for our Caribbean climate," said Chirag Vyas (aka Cheech) and Kevin Chipman, owners of two-year-old St. John Brewers.  "It’s a recipe we’ve had in our files for a long time, and it just seemed right."

The beer is produced under contract by Shipyard Brewing in Portland, Maine and then shipped by container. "They brew to our recipe, and don’t change a thing," Vyas added.  The first cases of "Island Summer Ale" were cleared through Customs in the past week. 

The brewers, who also own the Tap Room, worked about six weeks in their brewing room at Mongoose Junction to get the blend right.  "We went well after midnight some nights," Vyas added, "It gets pretty hot in there with all the burners going."

Distribution of the new brew is underway now and a "launch party" on a beach is planned.

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In this week’s St. John Podcast, Cheech and Kevin talking about developing their second beer in two years.

To listen on your computer, click the play button below.

You can also download or hear the file by clicking here.

Subscribe to News of St. John’s weekly podcast at the Apple iTunes Store and search for "news of st. john,"
or copy "http://fbarnako.libsyn.com/rss" and paste it into the "Subscribe" field under the iTunes software’s "Advanced" tab.  You can also use
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a problem, e-mail: [email protected].

Closest thing to a Starbucks

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Alex Nydick
, a self described girl from the Bronx, has opened “Bringin’ the Fun,” a spot for coffee, cookies, and Internet access. 

It’s up a flight of stairs, between the Banana Deck and American Paradise Real Estate, near Wharfside.

The cute open air cafe has comfortable chairs, a pretty good view and a tasty menu. "We sell coffee, espresso drinks, New York bagels, Edy’s Ice cream, milk shakes, baked goodies and sweet treats," Nydick said.  Her partner, Rance Pion II, conceived, designed, and built out the space. 

He did the heavy lifting – she does the heavy selling.

"I don’t mind being here 13 hours a day," Nydick said. "Someday soon, I’ll have employees," she added, hopefully.  Hours are Monday-Friday, starting at 6:30 a.m., Saturdays at 7:30 a.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m.

"Bringin’ the Fun" is also in the baggage storage business, if your villa’s not ready or you just want to spend a few more hours in Cruz Bay before you take the ferry to St. Thomas.  She’ll even help you carry your bags.

For sale: Baked in the Sun

The latest commercial property to be added to the Multiple Listing Service is Baked in the Sun, the award-winning bakery/sandwich shop on the third floor of the Marketplace.  Asking price is $450,000.  Town and Country Real Estate listed the business.  The bakery’s owner has agreed to train a buyer for up to four months.

Meanwhile, in other real estate news, the Polli’s restaurant space is becoming the new home of the Artists’ Association of St. John.  The Lumberyard location will give the group plenty of room to exhibit members’ works.