Archives for September 2016

How to Get a Beer Geek Excited

It was 7:30 a.m. and only the earliest birds from the three cruise ships anchored in Skagway’s harbor had begun to venture out. The overcast dawn and chilly winds gusting down the uncongested main street were a reminder of why last week was the final one for the Alaska cruise season. “Look, a brewery!” I […] Read the full article…

California Craft Beer Summit and an Unexpected Twist

This week’s post on “Not My Father’s Beer” comes from Jon Ezell, an avid and talented homebrewer from Salinas, California. Here’s the reason why. If you saw this blog two weeks ago, you know that my sister in Austin, Texas passed away from lung cancer on Thursday, September 1. Due to Labor Day weekend, the […] Read the full article…

Hopping: Fresh, Wet or Dry, Ay-ay-ay!

It’s that most wonderful time of year again for hopheads, the season when craft breweries all over the United States tout and tap fresh-hopped beers. In the Pacific Northwest, home to the largest hop growing regions in the country, these brews even get their own festivals. This year’s Hood River (Oregon) Hop Fest on September […] Read the full article…

R.I.P., Carol

I’m pretty faithful about publishing a post each Tuesday. Since this is Wednesday, I’m officially late, but I have an excuse. I was attending a funeral yesterday. I wrote most of the post last Wednesday, sitting in a hospital room in Austin, Texas as my younger sister, Carol Nickels, took her last, labored breaths. She […] Read the full article…