Archives for February 2017

Upping Your Homebrew Game with BYO

We’re five minutes into the full-day workshop “Evaluating Your Homebrew Like a Master Judge,” with our noses buried in our glasses and inhaling deeply. “What do you smell?” asks presenter Gordon Strong, president of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). When several of the 20 participants say, “Nothing,” Strong responds, “Exactly, and that’s a good […] Read the full article…

Planning Your Beercation

Once upon a time, beercations were the domain of only the most serious beer nerds. Those days are long gone. Now, brewery tours often fill up even on weekday mornings during off-peak tourist season, as was the case when my husband and I visited Anchor Brewing a week and a half ago. Granted, that evening […] Read the full article…

Love and San Francisco Beer Week

Another Valentine’s Day is upon us and, to tell the truth, after several decades of marriage a box of chocolate and a pretty card don’t mean as much to me as they once did. Unfortunately for Hugo, my brewing consultant husband, the things I value these days tend to come with a much larger price. […] Read the full article…

#boycottbudweiser

To those folks who have spent the last week clamoring on social media for everybody to #boycottbudweiser and #boycottbudwiser, I say sure, you go for it. I do have some advice, though. First, if you’re in the latter group, it’s probably a good idea to learn to spell what it is you’re boycotting. Second, and […] Read the full article…

The Twelve Days of Trump

In the United States’ 241 years of existence, there’s never been anything like the last 12 days. (Full disclosure: I’m not a Trump fan.) On Sunday I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized how I’m going to make it through the next 1,449 days, or four years. It came with the first sip of an […] Read the full article…