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…

Giancarlo’s Brew

After two and a half years of homebrewing, I’m finally feeling ready to put my beer out there for the general public, at least one brew, anyway. I did on Saturday, and it one of the most bittersweet days of my life. The Home Brew Fest, part of the annual Steinbeck Festival in Salinas, California […] Read the full article…

Friend’s Homebrew Win–A Big Deal?

Dear Not My Father’s Beer, So, my friend Jon won first place at a homebrewing contest in Sacramento last week. Is this a big deal and, if so, how should I respond? Sincerely, Non-hombrewer Dan *** Dear Dan, Any homebrew competition win is a big deal to the winner, and from what you say, I […] Read the full article…

Help! What’s My Favorite Beer?

In the quest to learn about craft beer, recent converts often ask more seasoned drinkers, “What’s your favorite beer?” For some newer drinkers, the answer seems to change almost with each new beer. But, then, the possibilities are nearly infinite. At this very moment, probably every one of the 5300+ breweries in the U.S. has […] Read the full article…

Brewery Tour Snob

I’m a brewery tour snob. There, I said it, well, wrote and published it. I’m not proud of the fact, but it’s the truth. Now, let me try to explain. These days, everybody and his grandmother have toured a craft brewery. There were probably a baby and a bored pre-teen in their tour group, too. […] Read the full article…