Let’s Have a Beer!

Peter B's, Monterey, California, homepage photo Jan 2015Welcome to lesliepatinoauthor.com, where you can…

  • Read weekly posts on “Not My Father’s Beer—A blog for and about craft beer enthusiasts”
  • Find out all about the beer-inspired novel, The Brewer’s Justice
  • Find out more about yours truly

If you’re 21+ and reading this in the U.S., or whatever+ the legal drinking age in the country where you’re reading, open a cold brew and let’s sit back here in my virtual home!

After all, we American craft beer enthusiasts live in the most awesome beer era in the 240-year history of the country. According to the Brewer’s Association, two new breweries opened every day in the U.S. in 2015. The year ended with 4100+ breweries, an all-time record.

Alas, not all was lush, green hopyards. Craft fans were all over the place on Big Beer buying up craft breweries. Mostly, that translates as Anheuser-Busch InBev, who started 2015 buying Elysian and Golden Road and ended the year by adding Four Peaks and Breckenridge Brewery to their stable. Meanwhile, MillerCoors acquired St. Archers, Duvel Moortgat bought into Firestone-Walker, Lagunitas partnered with Heineken, and Constellation bought Ballast Point for a cool $1 billion.

Craft fans started 2016 conflicted about what “craft beer” means anymore. Some crusaded for “indie beer;” others laughed at them and the term. The brewers mostly seem busy trying to create the Next Big Sour Beer, Nitro Beer or Super-IBU Beer.

Then there are the beer writers, bloggers and tweeters. I’ll bet you a 3 Floyd’s Zombie Dust Pale Ale that we also have more of them than at any other time, too. Some are incredibly talented writers, like the three winners for the 2015 North American Guild of Beer Writers Best Blog.

I’m fortunate to know all three of these guys, and I can tell you that I don’t write as well as any of them. I encourage you to check out their blogs and All About Beer Magazine articles.

The Brewer's JusticeMy own niche is beer-inspired fiction (with a nod to Oliver Gray for coining the term). To my knowledge, no one else has written, or is writing, novels where the action revolves around the brewery. My novel, The Brewer’s Justice, is the story of Brad Peters, an American brewer who goes to Mexico as the head brewer and junior partner in a craft brewer. Things go pretty well—except for the drug cartel that wants in on the action. You can read the first chapter here on my website. If you like what you see, go to Amazon and download the electronic version or order the paperback. If you finish the book and still like it, please put a review on Amazon and tell your friends about it. Then, keep an eye out for the ebook, The Brewer’s Backstory, coming to Amazon this fall.

Cheers!  Leslie

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