Ex-TMC manager sues Caven

Former TMC: The Mining Company manager Roy Puente has filed a lawsuit against Caven Enterprises Operations Supervisor Donald Solomon, President Gregg Kilhoffer and CFO Ben Polachek. Puente, who is acting as his own attorney, claims the three made false and defamatory statements against him.

In his suit, Puente is claiming libel and slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Puente worked for Caven from November 2010 until September 2011.

Caven issued the following statement in response to Puente’s lawsuit:

“Caven Enterprises is aware of the suit that has been filed by Mr. Puente against certain of its managers. The managers and the company dispute the basis for the lawsuit and intend to vigorously defend the case. We look forward to resolving this case through the judicial process.”

The defendants filed exceptions to the suit, and the first hearing will be held on Nov. 16.

The case is set for non-jury trial on Nov. 4, 2013, with mediation ordered before that date.

Read Puente’s suit here and the defendants’ response here.

—  David Taffet

The Mining Company ups the drinking ante with inspired new beer selection

As a proud beer drinker, I was quite glad to see that TMC: The Mining Company announced a whole new selection of beers that is somewhat inspired. Hell, they even gave the selection its own page. My mouth began to water as I scanned the beverage offerings that read like a list of old friends.

Red Stripe and I have had a very intimate relationship that is marked by slurred words and heightened laughter. Woodchuck Cider has lulled me to sleep just like mom used to do while reading me bedtime stories. LaBlatt Blue isn’t the kind that I would add to my social networks, but I’d happily subscribe to it. And while I don’t normally go for blonds, Fireman’s #4 is a worthwhile crush with its tender and sweet deliciousness and hard-bodied Texas roots. But sometimes he gets jealous of my standby girlfriend, Stella. It’s a thing.

We don’t seem to have a strong beer-focused bar (much less a pub) in the gayborhood a la The Amsterdam or The Ginger Man, but TMC comes damn close. Pilsners beware, because I am about to destroy you.

—  Rich Lopez