#CBC17: Hanging with 13,000 Friends

So, here we are, Hugo my brewer husband and me, along with 13,000 other folks from the craft beer industry. Forty-five minutes ago, most of us at #CBC17 were sitting in the Grand Ballroom of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., listening to keynote speaker Alison Levine talk about the indispensable role […] Read the full article…

Sipping From Utopia

This week’s post on “Not My Father’s Beer” came about thanks to a great little short story contest hosted by Winetourismspain.com. The topic is, “Extraterrestrial life arrives to Earth. They arrive somewhere in Spain. Wine plays an important role in the way their perception of Earth is shaped.” If you get inspired to write your […] Read the full article…

Magpies, Pizza Pies and Good Beer

Seoul’s evening rush hour had peaked and traffic was clipping along the wide avenue when our driver began to slow the taxi. He came to a stop in a gas station driveway and pointed up to a street sign affixed to a building. I’m pretty sure what he said in Korean was, “Here’s your alley.” […] Read the full article…

Soju–All So New, All So Familiar

It’s a brisk Saturday evening in March, and my husband Hugo and I are sitting in the unheated basement of a century-old building in Seoul, Korea’s historic Bukchon neighborhood. Most of the floor space in the small room is filled with large clay pots of fermenting alcohol. Across the table where we sit, a hint […] Read the full article…

Mate Brew Day

If you read last week’s post, you know that at the end of it I had committed to a mate brew with only a vague idea of what I intended to do. Meanwhile, two pounds of Brazilian mate were on their way, courtesy of Giancarlo Vigil, owner of The Maté Exchange in Durango, Colorado. I […] Read the full article…

Mate Beer Anyone?

One evening in late January, I got a phone call from 23-year-old Giancarlo Vigil in Durango, Colorado, who I hadn’t spoken with since he was a kid. At the end of an hour, we’d had a great, wide-ranging conversation, mostly about beer and yerba mate, the tea popular in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and other parts […] Read the full article…

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…