Two of the world’s leading beer writers have new books out. Here are reviews of Joshua Bernstein’s Homebrew World and Stephen Beaumont’s Will Travel for Beer.
One of the best new breweries in the Pacific Northwest isn’t in Portland or Seattle, but way down the Columbia Gorge in Goldendale, WA. To get a full sense of the range of the beers on offer, you may have to go visit yourself.
Portland’s drinking culture is female-friendly, and when you walk into a pub in the city, you see what the numbers reflect--a crowd evenly split between men and women. In Portland, women are becoming increasingly visible as authorities here--as brewers, business owners, and writers.
Oregon is home to around 250 breweries, and rare is a town of any size without at least one. Here are twenty of the best, geographically dispersed so you're never far from a tasty pint of beer.
Where can you find a brewer with a “lambic farm” who makes his own invert sugar? In the second post in my pre-Homebrew Con series about homebrewers, I profile Portland’s own Bill Schneller, who champions traditional styles.
Cities grow and change. Density arrives to fill in empty lots, take over under-used developments, and creep toward desolate regions. The old is tilled under to make way for the new. Except sometimes, when the old parts of the city manage to hang on.
Last week I traveled to Baltimore to learn more about the new Guinness brewery project unfolding there. I wanted to be one of the first to delve deeply into the thinking behind the project, its scope, and its goals. Today we'll get into the brewery project itself, which is breathtaking in its ambition.
I intended to go on a brewery tour when I visited Baltimore, but an experience at my first stop, The Brewer’s Art, sent my evening on a different trajectory.
In this guest post, trademark attorney Brendan Palfreyman explains how breweries can get into legal trouble with their cultural appropriations—even when trademark infringement may not be at issue.
Natty Boh is not bad; it is nonexistent. It is carbonated water flavored by the subtlest essence of toasty malt. If you’re thinking about Natty Boh at all, you’re thinking about it too much.
A few notes for your Memorial Day morning.
A recent kerfuffle between a reporter and his brewery-owner interview subject reveals something important about journalism. The goals of the reporter are not the same as the interview subject. And for readers everywhere, that’s a good thing.
Frank Boon started learning the craft of lambic-making in the 1960s, and has become the leading maker of lambics in Belgium. I visited him at his brewery in Lembeek in 2011.
One should never age most beers, and the beers one ages should never be aged very long. Leave a bottle in your cellar that dates to the Clinton administration and it’s going to suck. Unless something very rare and special happens instead.
Veteran Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel has spent seven years working on a complex and spiky narrative: the transition of Goose Island from indie champion to corporate hood ornament. What he delivers is the most interesting industry book I can remember reading.
The annual national homebrewers conference, Homebrew Con, happens next month in Portland. To gear up, I have been speaking to local homebrewers about their approach and philosophy. Today we have one of the most decorated brewers in America, Rodney Kibzey.
On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that banned sports betting, opening the door to an estimated $150 billion in legal gambling. The beer industry will almost certainly benefit because 1) gambling increases fan engagement and 2) fans drink when they watch sports.
What is big beer up to? Let’s check in with Elysian, which yesterday sent me a press release about their latest collaboration. Oh dear....
Do you ever wish you could go back to a time before a beer style disappeared and have a pint? You can do the next best thing with this amazing video from 1973, the moment Irish porter—and the “high and low” system of pouring it—vanished from the earth.
Everyone loves a good story about a writer on a bender. I remember reading about Hemingway driving around Italy swallowing prodigious amounts of wine and snacking from a wheel of cheese he kept in the back seat. But alcohol’s dark side is something we should all treat with respect.
The idea that an intensely fruity IPA must be cloudy as a weissbier is one of the more dubious in all of beer. No surprise, then, that breweries are pushing the envelop and developing “clear hazy IPAs.” A collaboration between Fair State and Surly is instructive.
Yesterday, Molson Coors Chairman Pete Coors sent out a mild, reasonable open letter that complained about the mean language directed at big breweries by the Brewers Association. Did it reveal how worried he was that people will start paying attention to this whole independence thing?
Today, May 7, is National Homebrew Day. It's even a Congressionally-recognized day, though not a bank holiday (sorry). I use this occasion to celebrate this delightful hobby, and invite you to join in.
Each year, The Beer Bible gets a nice bump in June for Father's Day. But in May? Nothing. Sons and daughters do not purchase a copy for their mothers; spouses do not gift it to their wives. I would love to see that change. Women like beer! Moms would love to indulge this passion as much as dear old Dad.
I visited Head Brewer John Bexon at Greene King in Bury St. Edmunds in 2011. He has since left the brewery, but it remains one of the most entertaining brewery visits I've made. He was a very entertaining and informative host.
Budweiser released a new star-spangled red lager, linking it to both Old Glory and US veterans—a beer that could otherwise be safely ignored. Except that they had to go and drag George Washington into it. Time to set the record straight.
Members of a bottle club receive a certain number of special-release beers and are guaranteed access to rare beers, plus other perks. But for the most part, the access is secondary. Beer clubs allow breweries to identify their most avid fans and connect more deeply to them.
As markets become more fragmented, it becomes harder and harder to keep abreast of everything going on. The number of breweries has more than doubled in the past five years, producing a sense of FOMO among drinkers. But what happens if they just give up?
Five years ago, Bellingham, Washington was a decided laggard among impressive beer cities. Ten new breweries have opened since then, and several are quite impressive. If you find yourself in town, here are three you can’t miss.