Alex Helms | Saturday 10 December, 2016 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8

Troon Brewing Grand Opening

Name: Troon Brewing Co.
Location: Hopewell, Mercer County, New Jersey
Recommended Beer: Everything

Troon Brewing had been open for a while when they announced their Grand Opening in collaboration with Brick Farm Tavern. I’m not sure what the Grand Opening point was, but it was received with much enthusiasm. Brick Farm Tavern guests had brunch at the Tavern while sampling the fine ales and porter from Troon. Troon Brewing’s brewer, Alex provided tours of the brewery while filling growlers of his excellent ales. I spoke to one gentleman who had travelled up from Atlantic City but most visitors were locals from Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, and Middlesex counties. Bhavana and I filled two growlers; one with an American Pale Wheat Ale entitled Dog-Earned Novel and the other Take Off Your Skin And Dance In Your Bones.

Troon Brewing’s brewer, Alex talking with some of the people on tour.

Saturday 10 December, 2016 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8

I am not certain, but I think the man in the photo below is Alex’s Dad, but I believe it is. Or maybe he’s the owner of the Brick Farm Tavern. I don’t know the name of the woman he’s talking to, but she may be someone close to the family.

Troon Brewing Grand Opening | Saturday 10 December, 2016 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8
Saturday 10 December, 2016 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8
Saturday 10 December, 2016 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8
Saturday 10 December, 2016 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8
Saturday 10 December, 2016 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8
Saturday 10 December, 2016 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8
Saturday 10 December, 2016 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8
Saturday 10 December, 2016 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8

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  1. Aperture—ƒ/6.3
    Camera—NIKON D5100
    Taken—15 September, 2017
    Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
    Focal length—35mm
    ISO—100
    Shutter speed—20s
    My initial thought after Frank posted this week’s photo challenge and seeing his photo was, “go grab some shots of the Shea Rowing Center.” The centre is lit at night and I thought I would get some good pictures of the lights of the centre illuminating the darkness along Faculty Road.
    My plan was to leave work and head to Troon Brewing, have dinner next door at Brick Farm Tavern, get home change my clothes and head out to Washington Road for some night photography at the C. Bernard Shea Rowing Center.
    I parked on the eastbound side of Washington Road just past the bridge. One thing I had considered was how dark it might be along Washington Road. I took a headlamp with me to light my path as I walked along the road to the bridge. It was dark but I was surprised by how many cars drove by at this time of night. It was after 9 PM.
    I set up my camera halfway on the bridge. It was challenging to focus in the dark. I took a few test shots and started to regret that I did not setup earlier when the light was good. Eventually, I got an image sharp enough. I captured a few images, experimenting with shutter speeds between 15 to 30 seconds. I was disappointed by the results when I chimped on the back of my Nikon. The images were not sharp and the composition was “meh“.
    Frustrated, I turned around to watch the cars go by. What was I going to do? This field trip was a bust. The marching band would soon be back from supporting the football team at the game in Franklin and my daughter would be calling me to pick her up from the high school. Time was running out. My inner voice said, “photography what you see”.
    So I did. I experimented with varying the shutter speed and the timing of the triggering of the shutter for the arrival and departure of the cars. And then I went home and imported the images into Adobe Lightroom.
    My initial feeling was correct. My images of the boathouse were uninteresting. I didn’t like any of theme. I deleted them all except for this one. I wanted to show you what the boathouse looks like.

    The C. Bernard Shea Rowing Center is the boathouse for the Princeton University rowing programs. Located on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, New Jersey, the center consists of the Class of 1887 Boathouse and the Richard Ottesen Prentke ‘67 Training Center.

    Aperture—ƒ/8
    Camera—NIKON D5100
    Taken—15 September, 2017
    Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
    Focal length—35mm
    ISO—100
    Shutter speed—30s
    However, I was very happy with the images of the light trails. I picked my favourite one, tweaked a few settings in Lightroom and the result is what you see in the post header.
    Sometimes photography is like that. I have a vision of what I want to achieve. But either because of poor planning, less than ideal conditions or lack of knowledge, I don’t get what I want. Sometimes, I have to make the best of what I have in front of me. Step out of the creative darkness and into the light.

    Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.

  2. Camera : NIKON D5100, Focal length : 35mm, Aperture : ƒ/1.8, Shutter speed : 1/250s, ISO : 1250, Credit : Khürt L. Williams, Captured : 6 October, 2017,
    Troon Brewing is closed this weekend but I have a crowler from last weekend. I am drinking Placebo Effect #2, an American IPA by Troon served in glassware by Tired Hands Brewing.
    According to the information on Untappd.

    A grist of nearly 50% oats, brewed with lactose, and hopped with Eureka and Simcoe.

    Cheers! Oh, wait …

    “What can I do for you Norm?”

    “Well, I am going to need something to kill time before my second beer. Uh, how about a first one?”

  3. Name: Hollow Earth Brewing
    Location: Oxford, Pennsylvania
    Beer to try: Riot Juice
    Notes: Taproom offers guests the choice of table or bar seating in the front of the house, or you may watch the art of brewing as it occurs at the open brewhouse bar. Parking lot located in the rear of the brewery. More parking on the street.Last weekend Bhavna and I drove a few hours out to Oxford, Pennsylvania. We wanted to visit Hollow Earth Brewing and try the New England style IPA. A few weeks earlier — maybe even a month or more — we met one of the brewers sitting at the bar at Brick Farm Tavern. He was there with his girlfriend drinking some of the craft ales produced by Troon Brewing. He had seen on Untappd that Troon was rising in the popularity rankings. It’s currently rated among the top 25 breweries in the United States on Untappd.We talked about the town of Oxford and the sort of beer he likes brewing. Bhavna and I promised we would travel out to visit the brewery. We were happy we found the time to make good on our promise. The ales were excellent.Bhavna and I arrived just around noon. The friendly staff showed us the menu and recommended the mushroom tacos for lunch. That worked well for both of us. Bhavna is a vegetarian.We each sampled four 4oz pours (16oz total or one pint). My favourite was the Riot Juice. Delicious! We liked it so much we took some home with us. Hollow Earth Brewing prepared cans of beer while we waited. Right in front of us. They have a canning machine at the bar. We watched as our server filled each can and sealed it and put a date label on each. How cool is that?We got in the car and drove toward Ardmore to Tired Hands Fermentaria, the next stop on our road trip.
    Hollow Earth Brewing —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/4.0, ISO3200), © Khürt L. Williams
    Hollow Earth Brewing —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/2.8, ISO500), © Khürt L. Williams
    Hollow Earth Brewing —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/2.8, ISO640), © Khürt L. Williams
    Hollow Earth Brewing —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/2.8, ISO1000), © Khürt L. Williams
    Hollow Earth Brewing —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/2.8, ISO560), © Khürt L. Williams
    Hollow Earth Brewing —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/4.0, ISO720), © Khürt L. Williams
    Hollow Earth Brewing —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/2.8, ISO1250), © Khürt L. Williams
    Hollow Earth Brewing —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/2.8, ISO560), © Khürt L. Williams
    Hollow Earth Brewing —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/4.0, ISO720), © Khürt L. Williams
    Hollow Earth Brewing —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/4.0, ISO5000), © Khürt L. Williams
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