Winding Down Not My Father’s Beer

It may surprise a lot of folks who know how invested I’ve been in this blog for the last two and a half years, but “Not My Father’s Beer” is sailing into the sunset, a very bright one, actually. Bear with me here and I’ll eventually get to the sunset part. During the 23 years […] Read the full article…

Beercation Pros

With the proliferation of craft breweries these days, we all know at least one of those serious fans of good beer. Maybe you’re one yourself. I’m talking about those individuals who can look at an IPA, take a whiff, and, without a sip, tell you if it’s West Coast or Northeast-style. Then there’s John and […] Read the full article…

Who Changed More?

I can’t say who changed more in the last 50 years, me, the deep South or beer in America. I reflected on this a lot over the last week while visiting my long-time friend Bonita, who today lives in Woodstock, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. When I was growing up in Austin, Texas, our family […] Read the full article…

Psst! Yeah, You, Beer Blogger

Without a doubt, the best educational experience I’ve had in two and a half years of blogging on beer was attending my first Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference (BBC) in 2015. As soon as registration opened for the 2016 conference, I reupped. Ditto for 2017. If you write or blog on beer, register today, then […] Read the full article…

The Little Mexican Brewery That Could

When the Uber driver pulled up in front of Bracino Cervecería in Santa Catarina, a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico last month, my brewer husband Hugo and I immediately noticed some changes since our first visit in April 2014. That day, we had arrived to find a dusty gravel parking area, a closed roll-up door and […] Read the full article…

Devil’s Canyon Hospitality Hard to Beat

“Hi, can I get a beer?” I asked the man fiddling with taps behind the patio bar. It was 3:00 on a warm, sunny Friday afternoon, perfect beer weather. “Sure,” he replied with a grimace. In his defense, I’d screw up my face too if I were in charge of that tap spitting way more […] Read the full article…

Just Say No to ABI

  TO Ever since Joe Tucker’s Friday afternoon announcement that ZX Ventures had purchased a minority stake in RateBeer, the beer rating site that Tucker founded, a veritable army of craft beer geeks and writers has decried the act almost nonstop. And with good reason. On May 16, which now seems like a long time […] Read the full article…

Jester King–the Near-Magical Brewery

If you’re a beer geek, narrowing down your absolute favorite breweries is tough, right? My own all-time, near-magical brewery is Jester King in the Texas Hill Country. The allure JK holds for me is probably incomprehensible for Bud Lite lovers or non-beer drinkers. Even if you have a car, getting to JK, outside Austin, isn’t […] Read the full article…

ABGB–Craft Beer Austin Style

It was just after six on Sunday and the sizeable parking lot at the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company was overflowing—exactly what you’d expect from the brewery that won the 2016 Great American Beer Festival Large Brewpub of the Year. An afternoon of intermittent rain had soaked the rows of empty picnic tables outside but […] Read the full article…

ABI and The Future of Craft Beer

From the inception of modern craft beer, its brewers, sellers and drinkers have been an intrepid bunch, persisting in the shadows of macro brewers who paid them scant attention. Plenty of passionate craft fans and industry insiders have made no secret of their lack of love for the giants, particularly for the largest of them […] Read the full article…