Archives for May 2015

Big Mess

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 13 November 2004 Brad yanked the fry basket from the oil and dumped the petrified sticks into the pan under the heat lamp. “What the heck, Sean?” he called across the kitchen. “I got held up,” said the new line cook defensively as he came from the bathroom. Studying the […] Read the full article…

Hop, Hop, Hoppy

We hop heads love our IPAs. No offense to lager lovers, but the first sniff of a pilsner can’t compete in the aroma arena. Even a nicely roasted, chocolatety stout doesn’t inspire the same passion as a fine citrusy, floral, spicy or piney IPA. And that’s the thing: with over a hundred hop varietals, the […] Read the full article…

Dos Coronas!

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 12 August 2004 “I say we grab those empty chaise lounges.” “What happened to, ‘I can hardly wait to hit the beach?’” “That was before I saw this monster pool and the bar,” Brad said, settling into one of the chairs and stretching out his bare legs and feet. “Welcome […] Read the full article…

Breweriana

Even if you’ve never heard the word, you can recognize breweriana faster than you can uncap a Sam Adams. In the broadest definition, breweriana includes almost any article with a brewery’s or a beer’s name on it. However, it’s the vintage stuff that really attracts breweriana collectors. (More photos at end of post. Click to […] Read the full article…

Working Man

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 11 October 2003 “Brad! Clean-up needed in the men’s room—now!” shouted Michelle, the assistant manager of Funky Flatirons Brewpub. Approaching the opposite end of the bar, Brad swung the tray piled with dirty dishes off his shoulder. With the Buffs game tomorrow, the Friday-night crowd was even rowdier and louder […] Read the full article…

American Craft Beer Week

Happy American Craft Beer Week, also known as “The Mother of All Beer Weeks.” May 11-17 is indeed a big week for small breweries. ACBW, was first celebrated in 2006, and like the craft beer movement in general, it has grown every year. As Craft Beer’s website says, “Tens of thousands of beer beginners, beer […] Read the full article…

The Biggest Little Brewery

Talk about a potential game changer—holy half pint! That was my reaction to a May 6 blurb on just-drinks.com titled “Anheuser-Busch InBev snaps up Bogotá Beer Company in Colombia.” How the heck had “The biggest little brewery in Colombia,” the one that I visited with a group of craft brewers in 2011, just joined the […] Read the full article…

Remember the Alamo!

The Alamo is a big deal for Texans. Growing up 75 miles away in Austin, I learned that lesson early. What is today the #1 tourist attraction in Texas likely would have remained just another Spanish mission if it hadn’t been for Mexican General Santa Anna and his troops defeating William B. Travis and the […] Read the full article…

To New Friendships!

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 10 August 2003 Brad awoke slowly. Eric Villarreal’s snoring wasn’t helping the dull pain in his head. Eric slept a few feet away in his own single bed, peacefully oblivious to the truckload of sunlight penetrating the thin curtain over the dorm room window directly in Brad’s line of view. […] Read the full article…