Archives for March 2015

A Homebrew Club to Call Home

If you want to learn more about beer, there’s no better hands-on experience than homebrewing. Spending time with homebrewers is a good way to speed up your education, and few hobbies yield such deliciously rewarding results. A lot of homebrewers start because an uncle, sister, boyfriend was already brewing. But what about homebrew clubs? How […] Read the full article…

Brewing Day

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 5 March 2001 Brad Peters’s first brewing day had arrived! He had worked through most of the brewing book that Ted, his father’s friend, had loaned him. He had asked questions and made notes on the answers at the last meeting of his dad’s homebrewing buddies. He was totally ready […] Read the full article…

Beer Camp Video—Behind the Scenes

IF YOU DON’T READ ANY FURTHER: Go to http://www.sierrabeercamp.com/videos and vote for the “Send Leslie to Beer Camp!” video—once a day through March 31! **** Since I uploaded my Beer Camp video to the Sierra Nevada website last Friday, people keep asking how it came to be. A few weeks ago, I read Beyond the […] Read the full article…

Send Leslie to Beer Camp!

The “Send Leslie to Beer Camp!” video is now on the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp website! Please go to www.sierrabeercamp.com/videos and vote! Coming on the Tuesday, March 27 post here on “Not My Father’s Beer”: Behind the Scenes–the Making of  the video “Send Leslie to Beer Camp!”   Read the full article…

Bottling Day

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 4 February 2001 Brad grabbed the final bottle from the soapy water in the kitchen sink and began rinsing. A few stubborn patches of the original Coors label showed bits of the loopy o’s and the r. “Dad, does washing bottles always take this long? It’s hard to get all […] Read the full article…

Craft Beer Culture and Women

There’s plenty, in addition to the product, to like about the American craft beer movement. In the age of Anheuser-Busch InBev (headquartered in Belgium) and SABMiller (headquartered in London), a lot of folks warm up to notions like local businesses and old-fashioned American entrepreneurship. And what’s not to like about craft beer’s grassroots history, its […] Read the full article…

A New World

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 3 February 2001 Jim Peters gave a quick, sharp whistle. The crashing response sounded as though a small horse was pounding up the staircase. He opened the door to his son’s darkened bedroom just as the creature–a hefty yellow lab–galloped into the hallway. At the bed, the dog burrowed her […] Read the full article…

Flowers, Beer and Ben Franklin

When a Denver friend first proposed we fly to The City of Brotherly Love in February for a flower show, I thought she was crazy. Then the date got bumped back a week. Psychologically, March in Philadelphia sounded way more inviting that February. The real kicker, though, was ready access to East Coast craft beers. […] Read the full article…

Explosion Aftermath

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 2 February 2001 The explosion happened in a nanosecond. The consequences developed like those gentle snowstorms that occasionally came through Denver—large flakes, infinite in number, beginning a leisurely descent at dusk and continuing all night and into the next day with no rush. Those calm, slow storms could eventually bury […] Read the full article…

What Happened to My Father’s Beer?

I have a lot of great memories of growing up in Austin, where most of our backyard was occupied by a pool and a limestone patio with a Texas-sized barbeque pit. In the summertime, life revolved around the pool for us kids. When my parents hosted parties, the dads sat around the barbeque pit. The […] Read the full article…