Archives for April 2015

Of Craft Brewers and Romance Novels

Probably almost every attendee at the April 14-17 Craft Brewers Conference spent some time last week following up on contacts and new information. I’m pretty sure that emailing writers of romance novels wasn’t on most follow-up lists. A little backstory: one morning, on the way to a seminar, I recognized Kristi Switzer. She was busy […] Read the full article…

Go Buffs!

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 9 August 2003 Julia Peters sighed and dabbed her eyes with a tissue before wrapping her arms around her son and kissing his cheek. Her smell, so familiar, opened a floodgate of images for Brad. That morning she kissed his scraped-up, pre-schooler knee before she cleaned and bandaged it. The […] Read the full article…

Craft Beer’s Image: Cool and Hot

No doubt about it: craft beer’s image is as cool as its growth is hot. That was the message over and over at this year’s Craft Brewers Conference last week in Portland, Oregon. With 11,000 attendees pre-registered from all over the world, and unofficial word of 13,000 total, the 2015 conference was likely the largest […] Read the full article…

CU Preview

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 8 July 2003 Brad Peters, Belmar High School graduate, tipped the power mower back and swung it around to run over the last row of uncut grass. He killed the engine and, without breaking his pace, hustled the mower up the ramp into the back of the Killian’s Lawn Service […] Read the full article…

On the Cuban Beer Scene

I’m settled into my seat, ready for take-off from Havana’s José Martí Airport after eight days in the land of classic cars, non-stop music and scarce wifi. I got to ride in a ’53 Pontiac convertible and dance until late with the crowd at a Buena Vista Social Club show. I stayed so busy that […] Read the full article…

Senior Pranks

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 7 May 2003 Brad slowed the Blazer as brake lights ahead of him lit up both lanes of southbound traffic on the parkway. After four years at Belmar High, tomorrow would be the last time he’d make this drive as a BHS student. It seemed like another lifetime when his […] Read the full article…

Serious Homebrewing

“How often do you brew?” I ask. “Not often enough,” “Caleb” (not his real name) says, not missing a beat. We’re hanging out in Caleb’s backyard, keeping an eye on the propane burner and the nearly full 8-gallon kettle of wort that’s boiling away. This is serious homebrewing at a level I dream of. Caleb […] Read the full article…

Word Gets Around

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 6 May 2001 As the ringing bell signaled the end of another day at Belmar High, students poured into the halls, giddy with the warm weather and the last days of school. At his locker, Brad twirled the combination, now so familiar that he could have dialed the numbers in […] Read the full article…