Archives for August 2016

Coming soon: 2000 New Breweries

Craft beer has arrived. It’s a thing. Has been for a while now. No news there. What is newsworthy is all the breweries still opening and in the planning stages. If you live in a U.S. city, I’ll bet you a dollar there’s a brewery or pub serving craft beer within three miles of your […] Read the full article…

Denver, From Struggling Downtown to Craft Beer Town

“When we first moved here (in 1983), there were times when we wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into,” my friend and fellow brewer’s wife, Margrethe commented last week as we walked from lunch at Denver’s famous Falling Rock Tap House to the 16th Street Mall hotel where the World Brewing Congress was taking place. “But […] Read the full article…

The Word on American-Brewed Mexican Lagers

For some innovative U.S. brewers always searching for the next style boundary to push, American-made Mexican lagers are proving to be a tasty hit. One of the earliest to jump into the game in 2001 was Durango, Colorado’s Ska Brewing with their aptly named Mexican Logger. Since then, small breweries from Michigan to Texas (Wolverine […] Read the full article…

Sensory Analysis With a Pro

Note: This piece about observing a master brewer of over three decades evaluate several beers is a spin-off of next week’s post. Earlier this summer, I took three “Mexican lagers” brewed by U.S. craft breweries to Mexico and separately interviewed three experts while they performed a sensory analysis of the beers. Watching one of the […] Read the full article…

Road Tripping with Drake’s

Need a good reason to visit the San Francisco Bay Area? Here it is: Drake’s. Every now and then, I’ll mention Drake’s in a conversation with craft beer enthusiasts outside California and someone says they’ve never heard of the brewery. And I think, Poor guy, doesn’t have a clue what he’s been missing all these […] Read the full article…