I have my own bar coasters! I don’t know why, but this seems so much fun. I was fortunate enough to have a few beers reviewed on The Brewing Network’s Dr. Homebrew podcast from which I won a gift certificate to GrogTag. After looking at the various products I settled on getting bar coasters. I spent way too much time thinking about this. I think I received the gift card in February and then thought about it for a good six months. When I actually sat down to make something I spent several nights working on various designs. In the end I settled on a somewhat modern theme loaded things with Easter eggs about my background. Can you find everything?
I will have to say when I sent this to get printed I suspected the print quality wouldn’t be that great. Much to my surprise everything looks fantastic. Below is a photo of the real coaster
And finally here are all the easter eggs exposed
- ViaSat-2: The last satellite I help build at Boeing. I helped design several of the unique digital payload units.
- Silhouette of Engineer Mountain as seen from Purgatory: Purgatory is where I grew up skiing
- Iron Cross 360 with a grab: I’m still trying to land my dream trick from Tommy Mosley’s 1998 gold medal Olympic run
- A Zia symbol: New Mexico state symbol as a look back to where I was born and raised
- Delta Chi: My college fraternity
- A pull down circuit: A reflection of my EE background. Also this is a variant of what I designed into my future brewstand controller
- My family: two boys, my wife, and I
- Palm Trees: These are the plam trees that could be seen from our old Hermosa Beach balcony
- NMSU: where I attended undergrad
- Standford: where I completed my masters’ degree
- My mash paddle: Not really and Easter egg, but this corner got charred one brew session when I left it too close to the burner and later cut it off
- Norte Dame!!!!!
- Soccer ball: I’ve been playing since a kid, still play, and am having fun teaching the boys to play
- Abbey of St. Peter in Oudenburg: Abbey founded by St. Arnold, commonly referred to as the brewer’s saint