Archives for August 2015

Dark Days

“The Brewer’s Backstory”-Episode 23 October 2011 Brad took a sip from the Coke can beside his laptop, squinted at the computer screen and rubbed his unshaved jaw. His three partners had done a great job on their PowerPoint slides for tomorrow night’s presentation in Business Stats class, but his section still needed a good two […] Read the full article…

Eyes on the Future at Alvarado Street

Behind almost any of the largest successful craft breweries, national or regional, there’s usually a well-known owner and/or brewer. Think Jim Koch at Boston Beer, Kim Jordan at New Belgium, Greg Koch (owner) and Mitch Steele (brewmaster) at Stone Brewing, Steve Hindy (owner) and Garrett Oliver (brewmaster) at Brooklyn Brewery or Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo […] Read the full article…

Rocky Road

“The Brewer’s Backstory”-Episode 22 July 2011 Brad yawned and braked as the morning traffic pouring into downtown Denver slowed ahead of him. Thank God, he didn’t have that far to go. Last night’s graveyard shift had been nothing but routine, which had suited him just fine after three intense hours in class. There were times, […] Read the full article…

Beer Geeks

It’s a gorgeous August afternoon in Carmel Valley, perfect for drinking Drake’s on a patio with a couple of beer geeks and talking beer adventures. Actually, that’s about as close to Heaven on Earth as it gets for me. (And, yeah, that was a pretty shameless plug for Drake’s, but you’ll see why in a […] Read the full article…

Life Moves Along

“The Brewer’s Backstory”-Episode 21 May 2010 The backyard of Brad and Maddy’s small rental house was filling with friends and family. At the grill, Brad’s father lined brats and hamburger patties in rows with military precision. A sunny day would have been nice, but the cloud cover kept the heat down. Dick Hatfield emerged from […] Read the full article…

Pacific Coast Brewing Co., Est. 1988

A woman walks into a bar, claims she’s a beer blogger and orders a flight. A half hour later, she has interviewed the manager, had a private tour of the brewery and been served extra samples. And the punchline is . . . at the end of this post. A couple of weeks ago, I […] Read the full article…

The Landscape of Beer

This post is in response to Jay Brooks’ The Session. Each month a guest host invites beer writers and bloggers to address a topic of his choice. In August, Allen Huerta, known online as Active Brewer, selected “The Landscape of Beer.” He asks, “How do you see that landscape now? What about in 5, 10, […] Read the full article…

Books, Brews and Collaboration

Tuesday, July 28, 8:00 p.m. It’s a typical summer evening on the central California coast, overcast with the temperature hovering just above 60o. Many of the fans waiting outside Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing wear light jackets or hoodies. The line they form stretches the length of the brewpub’s patio and beyond. Some wait, beer in […] Read the full article…