Archives for October 2016

Beer Festival Organizing 101

This week’s topic on “Not My Father’s Beer” was supposed to be small, local beer festivals and the importance of supporting them, but five minutes at the small, local festival planned as the center of the story shot down that idea. And the wooden expression on my husband’s face wasn’t helping. A couple days earlier, […] Read the full article…

Alvarado Steet Brewery: How One Little Brewpub is Growing Up

J.C. Hill is one busy guy. In the last 2½ years, he’s opened Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill in downtown Monterey, California, added 1) a beer garden out back, 2) a production brewery 15 miles away and, 3) a child to his family. And then there are those Great American Beer Festival medals. In August, […] Read the full article…

GABF: Where I Was Not

This time last week, 60,000 people were preparing to converge on Denver for the thirtieth annual Great American Beer Festival, October 6-8. The collective anticipation was growing into a frenzy. It seemed like every social media beer acquaintance I’ve ever known was posting photos of half-packed bags and tweeting of how they’d all soon be […] Read the full article…

So You Want To Learn About Craft Beer

So, you want to learn about craft beer but don’t know where to start. At your local grocery store, the yards of shelves heavy with colorfully labeled six-packs and bombers are overwhelming and intimidating. And, what’s a bomber anyway? (Answer: a 22-ounce bottle.) Maybe you attended a beer tasting, but you suspect it could have […] Read the full article…