Amy Mittelman’s book, Brewing Battles: A History of American Beer, looks at several centuries of alcohol consumption in America. It’s a workmanlike effort that covers old ground and lays some trails of its own. The book’s strength is its focus on the relationship between government and alcohol manufacturers. That’s not surprising, given that Mittelman’s excellent... View Article
Tag: Sam Calagione
Book Reviews - Full Pints May 1, 2008 - Maureen Ogle
Culture - Full Pints May 1, 2008 - Marnie Olds
This feature couldn’t have been written 25 years ago. The idea that beer should be taken seriously as a partner for fine food—that beer might be wine’s peer when we search for a compatible beverage for the table—would have provoked dismissive chuckles from wine aficionados, and it wouldn’t have occurred to beer people at all.
Book Reviews - Full Pints - Learn Beer September 1, 2007 - Carl Miller
American philosopher Mortimer J. Adler once wrote, “In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” Of course, Adler’s observation is no less profound for the knowledge-seeking beer drinker than for anyone else. Virtually every micro-aspect of... View Article
Brewing - Brewing Features - Full Pints - Live Beer - People July 1, 2007 - Rick Lyke
There once was a time in America, not that long ago, when we had brewers, winemakers and distillers. It was a simple, orderly era. Each group existed among its own kind, occasionally venturing to sample the wares of another group, but never straying.
Full Pints - History - Learn Beer The Fire Never Died May 1, 2004 - Greg Kitsock
So many trends—from Starbucks coffee to grunge music to gourmet pizza with capers and duck sausage—started on the West Coast that it’s enough to give some East Coast residents an inferiority complex.
People Features Brewers Who March to a Different Beat September 1, 2001 - Greg Kitsock
In his charming book, Great American Eccentrics, Carl Sifakis defines his subject matter thusly: “The true eccentric follows his own rules of conduct 24 hours a day—because he knows his code is the right one and everyone else is wrong; because he does not want to compete by conventional standards; or because eccentricity seems the... View Article
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