Archives for June 2015

When Pro Brewers Talk Shop

These days, just about everybody and his grandmother has toured a brewery. But put even a semi-knowledgeable beer person on a tour with professional brewers and it’s akin a high school athlete on the field during a pro ball game. That was how I felt last Thursday when I attended my second meeting of the […] Read the full article…

Great American Beer Festival

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 16 September, 2006 “Getting excited?” Will, the head brewer at Funky Flatirons, asked his assistant as they zig-zigged between clusters of people gathered outside the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. The early afternoon was sunny and warmer than usual for the end of September. “Are you kidding?” Brad replied, […] Read the full article…

I-15 Brew Festival — The Future?

Yesterday morning, when I sat down to write this post, the topic was how the craft beer industry has conditioned its consumers to constantly expect more. Remember the old TV show, “Cheers” that took place in a Boston bar? It might have been a place where everybody knew your name, but did anybody ever talk […] Read the full article…

Twenty-one and Legal

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 15 November 2005 Brad pulled the old Chevy Blazer into his parking space and killed the engine. He got out, grabbed his backpack and headed for the stairs to the second-floor apartment he’d shared with Maddy for the last three months. It was barely November, but the cold night air […] Read the full article…

Summer Festivals: Tis the Season

Tis the season of outdoor festivals—music, beer, bacon, etc. No kidding, Baconfest is up next in our neck of the woods, but on Saturday, craft beer ruled at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Mother Nature got on board with a gorgeous sunny afternoon and temperatures in the high 60s. Most attendees appeared in their twenties and […] Read the full article…

Beyond Corona

Mexico produces a lot of beer beyond Corona. Think Tecate, Dos XX and Pacífico. But there’s a whole lot more. My advice: on your next vacation to Mexico, visit a brewpub or a bar with a good craft selection. On Tuesday, I wrote about being in Mexico while the country went dry for 57 hours […] Read the full article…

Voting Sober

For Mexicans, June 6-7 was a weekend of winners and losers. Among the victors on Saturday, American Pharoah and Mexican jockey Víctor Espinoza won the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown. But Mexican media and sports fans were far more tuned into the UEFA Champions League final in Berlin where Barcelona (Spain) defeated Juventus (Italy) […] Read the full article…

Meeting Maddy

“The Brewer’s Backstory” – Episode 14 January 2005 January 10, 2005, Day One CU spring semester 2005. Mother Nature welcomed students back with several inches of fresh snow and a bitter wind from the west that picked up speed as it swooped down the Flatirons and into Boulder. The high noon sun shone bright in […] Read the full article…

Bottles, Cans and Triangular Tests

Ah, at the end of a long day, there’s nothing like a cold can of craft beer. A CAN of craft beer, you ask? In the relatively short history of craft beer, there’s been a certain stigma to cans. Think less expensive macro beer. Or beer with a metallic taste. There was a time, back […] Read the full article…