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…

Mind Your T&C’s

No self-respecting beer geek could possibly overlook this offer. First, in one more sign of craft beer’s respect in the fine dining world these days, it puts beer on par with wine. It was even more telling that I found it in a Monterey Peninsula grocery store on California’s Central Coast where wine is a […] Read the full article…

Thank You for Not Putting Down Women

You know Harry Schuhmacher, right? I don’t mean as in you’re personal acquaintances, only as in knowing who he is and that he’s got 17.9K Twitter followers. If you’re at least somewhat knowledgeable about beer culture and you don’t know Schuhmacher’s name, I’m willing to bet you’re not a wealthy person. Schuhmacher, who lives in […] Read the full article…

Guess Who’s Coming to The Beer Dinner

If you could invite four people dead or alive to a beer dinner who would they be? What four beers would you serve? These questions were posed by veteran beer writer and author, Stan Hieronymous of Appellation Beer, as the December host of The Sessions, the beer blogger write-fest hosted by one of our own […] Read the full article…

Discomfort Beer

This week’s post on “Not My Father’s Beer” is in response to The Sessions, overseen by beer writer Jay Brooks. Each month, a different beer blogger host chooses a topic for fellow bloggers to write about. For the 119th Session, Alec Latham, who writes the blog Mostly About Beer, selected the topic “Discomfort Beer.” He […] Read the full article…

Grainfather Brew #2

Six weeks ago, I wrote about the very unsuccessful inaugural homebrew with our new, all electric Grainfather, the session that ended with Hugo dumping half the results down the kitchen sink after we spilled the rest on the kitchen stove, floor, counters, etc. To sum up the November 15 post, we discovered that the removable […] Read the full article…

Slash-and-Burn Reviewers

“There’s something about JK I just don’t like. I’m not a fan of sours so that could be it.”-November 4, 2016, 3-star Yelp review of Jester King Brewery, which on December 20, had a total of 325 Yelp reviews, averaging 4½ of 5 stars “Full disclosure – I don’t drink beer. If I did, I’d probably give […] Read the full article…

Please, Send Me to the Hop Farm!

Why I walked off with a Starbucks chair in downtown Portland, Oregon at 10:00 at night gets complicated. I mean, if the chairs outside The Armory hadn’t been locked together, we would have just grabbed one of them. And Tasha had already asked the hostesses at Deschutes Public House if we could borrow a chair […] Read the full article…