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Throwback Christmas

Did you see the article that Sunset Hill Stoneware did about holiday mugs? Did you see our bad ass mugs in the write up?  No??? Well, allow us to help you out. They are awesome to work with, and do incredible work. If you need mugs made, they are your go to!! #MrThrowbackThursdayApproved

Christmas Mugs for All Seasons

It’s no secret that Sunset Hill Stoneware’s unique coffee mugs are objectively a perfect holiday gift. They’re functional, beautiful and can withstand the temperatures of an oven with ease. However, some groups who order our mugs go above and beyond in their pursuit of the holiday spirit, and some were even worth distinctions for their unusual designs, causes they helped or other markers of distinction.

In addition to a rundown of our own holiday offerings for 2018, here are the Sunset Hill Stoneware Christmas mug highlights of the 2018 holiday season.

East Rutherford Police Department

The East Rutherford Police Department from East Rutherford, N.J. got creatively festive when they ordered mugs from us recently. Like many of our emergency service clients, ERPD typically orders mugs and steins featuring its department badge throughout the year, sometimes with depictions of St. Michael, bald eagles and other unique details.East Rutherford Christmas Mug

For the 2018 Christmas season though, the ERPD opted to have us make mugs that were more on the jolly side. The department ordered Portly Pints and Tom’s Mugs in Lucky Charm and Red, all with the department badge topped with a jolly-looking Santa hat.

Jeff Ryan, a member of the department, said in our Facebook group that the Santa-themed mugs sold out within a matter of minutes after they were put up for sale. Proceeds from the mug sales benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Even after they ran out of their holiday-themed mugs, the department contributed proceeds from sales of their less seasonal mugs toward the hospital fundraiser as well.

East Rutherford Police Department has mugs up for sale in numerous styles and glaze colors at its department headquarters in the city of East Rutherford.

Mr. Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday black cherryAnyone looking for a holiday mug with a bit more of a hip-hop flavor will love the mugs we made for Mr. Throwback Thursday, a hit podcast dedicated to old-school hip hop. They take the term “old school” seriously at this podcast—most of the music hosts Jamie and Bill discuss dates back to the ’80s and ’90s, when the genre was still in its formative years.

Keeping with the theme they love the most, the Mr. Throwback Thursday crew opted to use a unique design that was stylized and cool for their 2018 Christmas mugs. It features Santa delivering gifts to a tree lined with a classic boom box, sneakers and gifts for all the good little hip-hop fanatics. These mugs debuted on our Java Taster in Black Cherry, Zen Mist and Black Knight glazes.

Jamie, co-host of Mr. Throwback Thursday, was thrilled with how the mugs turned out and noted that their stock on all mugs was down to single digits in a matter of days. The mugs were popular with the podcast’s biggest fans, who loved Santa’s homage to hip hop’s origins.

Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop

Located just up the road from Sunset Hill Stoneware’s offices in Neenah, Menasha-based Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop is a little retail location with a massive following. We’ve worked with the quilting supply store each year for the past five years to make a set of unique mugs with designs unlike anything seen in Christmases past.DSC08550-Edit

For the 2018 holiday season, Primitive Gatherings’ mugs featured a jolly gingerbread man on a quilt-like pattern in our Mountain Brown glaze. The extra-large size of our Java Taster allowed for the gingerbread man to be seen with the geometric details of the quilt.

More than 1,000 quilting aficionados from across the country were able to get their hands on this limited-edition mug once it made its grand debut in November. Seemingly overnight, fans of Primitive Gatherings were using their mugs to fuel them with enough coffee to get through wrapping their Christmas gifts and starting a new quilting project in one sitting, all while taking some seasonal photos with their mugs for social media.

Sunset Hill Stoneware

Our own artwork graced several mugs with their presences this year. While we’ve created special holiday mugs with seasonal stock artwork in years past, we decided to get a little silly with our yuletide fare for 2018.

2018 Santa mug in Sunfire Red from Sunset Hill StonewareOur Christmas mug set this year featured Santa and one of his reindeer, both caught in some sticky situations. Santa finds himself stuck while attempting to go down through the chimney on our Sunfire Red Potbelly mug. Meanwhile, one of his reindeer is seen tangled in someone’s Christmas lights on a Potbelly in our new Irish Stout glaze, unlikely to join in any reindeer games soon.

Our graphic design team was thrilled to be able to show off their artistic chops for these mugs. We included them as Christmas gifts and tokens of appreciation for some of our customers, but we also debuted them for the holiday season in our online store.

They turned out to be a hit. Scores of Sunset Hill Stoneware fans ordered the Christmas-themed mugs from our online store, with the Reindeer Mug selling out before the holiday season was even over. Black Friday shoppers with sharp eyes were also able to get their hands on one of the last of our fabled snowman mugs, which were discontinued indefinitely several years ago.2018 Reindeer Mug in Irish Stout from Sunset Hill Stoneware

While it wasn’t a limited-edition offering, we also made a batch of mugs just for nerds with a good sense of humor. Our Holidays Are Coming mug is turning into a perennial favorite, with Santa sitting atop a candy cane throne on a Dale Barrelstein in Brick Red. The cartoonish medallion pays homage to the HBO series Game of Thrones, making it the perfect gift for the fan in anyone’s life.

We had countless mugs go through our shop that were perfect for the holiday season this year. While these were just a few of the highlights, we encourage anyone looking for a mug to provide a dose of holiday cheer to check our interactive map to find mugs in their area.

 

 

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Reppin’ That Mug Life

From an Amazon search to lifelong supporter: Meet Jamie Robinson

Jamie Robinson found Death Wish Coffee on Amazon in 2013. Since then, he’s been hooked.

Without our supportive community, Death Wish Coffee wouldn’t be where it is today. That’s why we want to highlight our community members and introduce you to the people sipping on the world’s strongest coffee all day long.

Learn more about Jamie below.

How’d you first hear about Death Wish Coffee?

It was right around Christmas or New Years 2013. I looked around Amazon for coffee, so I searched for “World’s Strongest Coffee.” Funny, that just happened to be the slogan for the coffee that I would purchase with that gift card. I found Death Wish by searching for strong coffee. After 20 years in the Navy, you need to have strong coffee or it just tastes like dirty water. I have always been leery of “strong coffee” in advertisements because it is always bitter. No one wants to pay $20 for a pound of coffee that’s going to be bitter and probably get thrown away.

The first pot I made was stronger than 3-day-old Navy coffee, but didn’t have that bitter, “make your face cringe” aftertaste to it. From that day on, I was hooked. I kept buying from Amazon, because that’s where I found it. It wasn’t until almost 2 years later that I started buying from the Death Wish website. I have never looked back.

How you brewin’?

I drink my coffee black. This isn’t because I am some sort of bad ass, or that I have issues with dairy, it is because I like the flavor of coffee. Also, (another Navy reference) when you are on a ship that is at sea for lengthy periods of time, the milk goes bad and you don’t have that luxury. You drink your coffee black, or you don’t drink coffee. If I am drinking a flavored coffee (Barrel Brands) I will add creamer, though — but never sugar.

“How you brewin,’” you ask? Chemex. Every time I make coffee it is in a Chemex (unless I am traveling, then it’s French press).

What do you like to do in your free time?

Free time. I love that term. I have been retired since 2011, so you would think that all of my time is free. While I don’t actually leave my house and go to a job any more, I spend a lot of time working on my podcast, Mr. Throwback Thursday. When I am not networking, or researching for the show, I like to spend all the time that I can with my incredible wife of 24 years, Rye, my two sons Ian and Alex, and our beagle Chewie (yes, named for Chewbacca). I like movies, and LOVE music.

Talk a little more about your podcast. How’d you start it? What’s it about?

The Mr. Throwback Thursday podcast was born out of both love and spite. I love classic hip hop (1973-1998), and often had conversations with my best friend of 30-plus years, Bill, about “the good old days” of hip hop. We could sit and reminisce for hours on end, and wonder what happened to many of the artists we grew up listening to.

I had a friend that ran a podcast network, and I recommended to him that he do a classic hip hop podcast because there weren’t really any out there. He said that I should do it, since I knew more about the subject than he did. I wrote up a “proposal” explaining what the show would cover, and the basic format, and sent it to him. His response was, “One, you’ve got no radio experience, and two, after about six half-hour episodes once a month, you will run out of material.” Well, over 4 years and 223 episodes later, we are still here.

Every week, we cover current news about classic hip hop artists, an entire segment dedicated to news about the Wu Tang Clan, review two albums, and do interviews. We have interviewed legendary MCs like Chuck D from Public Enemy and DMC from, well, Run DMC. And not one single episode gets recorded without Death Wish in our mugs.

What’s your favorite community-related story?

I have met so many cool people through this community, and all because of our shared love for caffeine and clay. I would have to say that my favorite thing, though, is the way that everyone looks out for each other. Pre-Super Bowl commercial, we were a much smaller community — almost to the point where you could name the majority of the group members off the top of your head. Not that we were THAT small, but everyone knew everyone. If someone was having trouble, everyone bonded together to help them without being asked. When that person was back on their feet, they paid it forward. People would send Death Wish Coffee or mugs to each other just to see the other person’s week get better. It was like finding lost family, and Death Wish was the reason that we all found each other. Oh yeah, and that time Kane and Teah were rocking their Mr. Throwback Thursday shirts — that was a cool moment that I’ll always remember, too!

 

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