On a recent listserve exchange with Oregon Brew Crew members, someone asked our various respondents which bar might be a favorite. Not wishing to nail myself into a given space, and also not wishing to “endorse” any of the establishments in which I hang out, I answered carefully, in my usual fashion.
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints January 1, 2001 - Fred Eckhardt
Full Pints - Michael Jackson November 1, 2000 - Michael Jackson
Anyone who has ever been in a half-decent bookshop knows that the staff has a tendency to look like wine-drinkers. Nothing too expensive, you figure, just a fresh, fruity, unpretentious, slightly oaky chardonnay. In my experience, it does not generally occur to bookstore managers to barricade the checkout with volumes on beer, rendering it impossible... View Article
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints November 1, 2000 - Fred Eckhardt
Jack Joyce, CEO of Rogue Brewing down in Newport, OR, called me a while back to do a chocolate and beer tasting in the small town of Issaquah, WA, population about 12,000, located about 17 miles east of Seattle across Lake Washington and Mercer Island on I-90, Washington’s main cross-state artery. Rogue had only recently... View Article
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints September 1, 2000 - Fred Eckhardt
Earlier this year, while at the Chicago Real Ale Festival, I started thinking about the first time I tasted cask-conditioned beer at Bert Grant’s Yakima, WA, brewery about 1983. But then it came to me that it might have been much, much earlier than that. I might actually have tasted my first cask-conditioned beer in... View Article
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints Surfing the Chicago Real Ale Fest July 1, 2000 - Fred Eckhardt
Ray Daniels is the Chicago visionary responsible for the Chicago Real Ale Festival, held March 24-25 this year at Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery, Wrigleyville, across from the famous Wrigley Stadium.
Full Pints - Michael Jackson September 1, 1999 - Michael Jackson
The young woman with whom I had dinner was envious. “You are spending the whole day with Sam Calagione. Tomorrow!? He’s the Robert De Niro of brewers!” She told me that he had not only the good looks of a movie star but also the sensitivity of a poet. He even took Walt Whitman to... View Article