Archives for April 2016

Steinbeck and Sour Saisons

Here on the Monterey Peninsula, Steinbeck stories abound—and I don’t mean copies of his novels like Cannery Row, which took place in Monterey. I’ve heard more than a few tales about our Spaghetti Hill neighborhood being the real-life Tortilla Flats and how the 1962 Nobel Prize winner often crashed on living room sofas around town […] Read the full article…

How Great Beer Towns Get That Way

How do great beer towns get that way? I thought a lot about all this when I was in Portland, Oregon a couple of weeks ago. Each time I visit, it seems like every pub, brewery, bar, and restaurant in the town is busy, if not downright packed in the evenings. On the one sunny […] Read the full article…

A Day in the Life of Ms. PDX

Everybody knows Portland, Oregon is the city of roses, insane traffic, fabulous craft beer and uber cool people. But what’s a typical day really like for the average Portlander? I’ve traveled to the hippest city in the Pacific Northwest (sorry, Seattle), seven times in the last year and a half. Here’s my take. Ms. PDX […] Read the full article…

What You and Breweries Get Out of Tours

Cruise California’s Highway 101, and in Paso Robles, you’ll drive right by Firestone Walker Brewing Company, winner of the 2015 Great American Beer Festival’s “Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Company Brewer of the Year.” If you’re a craft beer fan, you’ve probably already planned to stop. From Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine, brewery visits are […] Read the full article…

Craft Beer and Musical Chairs

These days, we hear all sorts of stats about the crazy growth of craft beer, like how last year the number of U.S. breweries eclipsed the previous all-time high. By the end of 2015, that number stood at 4269. We see breweries, pubs and taprooms popping up and notice new beers that weren’t on the […] Read the full article…