I spot it in the cooler next to the other Lagunitas beers. I've heard of this seasonal brew from the California beer company, but I've never tossed one down my grocery hole. I place a six pack on the counter, pay, and race home to try the legendary Lagunitas Sucks. I pry open the lid, … Continue reading Lagunitas Sucks! Lagunitas Sucks!
Can we make a pact right now? If any one of us in the US of A catches another beer drinker complaining that he can't find a good IPA in his local beer store that we slap some sense into said beer drinker. Literally. If said beer drinker persists, can we please stare at him … Continue reading Wolf Among Weeds IPA Keeps the Great Hopocolypse Rolling
We live in a world with a glut of hoppy beers. Let's get something straight: I'm not complaining. When I die, I'd like to be entombed in citra hops. In this heavily-hopped world we live in, however, we've begun to hit a wall. Though we have access to a myriad of piney and uber-citrusy West … Continue reading Rising Tide’s Zephyr Pushes our IPA Boundaries
Then an old man, a keeper of a bar, said, Speak to us of Beer. And he said: Would that you could live simply on the fruits of the earth and be sustained by wine. But since you were born to drink delicious craft beer made locally by brewmasters who harness the powers of grains … Continue reading Lost Beer Passage from Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’
You find yourself in Burlington, Vermont, and you don't know why. You're not frightened. You're where you're supposed to be. It's night. You walk down Church Street and get a Bombay Grab IPA at Vermont Pub and Brewery. This is delicious, you think. After tipping the angelic woman behind the bar, you walk up St. … Continue reading Hill Farmstead Brewery is a Microbrew Dream
To some people, the title of this blog might be blasphemy. Like when Mick Jagger sang through those big puffy lips, "I know, it's only rock and roll, but I like it." A lot people were up in arms. Only rock and roll?! How can Mick be saying this only five years after Woodstock? How?! … Continue reading Always Remember, It’s Just Beer
I've figured it out. It came to me while I was enjoying a glass of Zombie Dust this past weekend. It all seems so clear now I feel foolish to have missed it before. Here it is: the key to making world class beer is keeping the taste notes simple and graceful. Here's another way … Continue reading Zombie Dust is a Monster Brew
Yeah, bold title, but it's true. Maine Beer Company's Lunch is the best tasting beer in the great state of Maine. And that's saying something in a state that boasts a deluge of world class brews. The new hip beer on the scene is the sweet/sour, yeasty saison. In Maine, craft beer disciples are gushing … Continue reading Maine Beer Company’s Lunch is the Best Beer in Maine
Portland's art calender is filled with poetry readings. From Port Veritas to Rhythmic Cypher, Portlandites can get their poetry fix a few nights a week. But what about us prose guys? Those of us who write and read in lines that wrap around the far edge of the page? You're right, we have Word Portland. … Continue reading Literary Death Match Throws Down in Portland
The story of how I got my greedy mitts on a bottle of Pliny the Elder is almost as integral to the mystique of the imperial IPA as the complex taste wave the beer possesses. In some camps, there's an argument that Pliny's stories of inaccessibility -- it's only available in parts of California -- … Continue reading Does Pliny the Elder Stand Up to All the Hype?