Blue Collar Brews

The man who would have been my grandfather on my mother’s side died of drink before I was born. My

America’s Own Stone Beer

Last fall I was invited to visit and judge homebrew with the Music City Brewers of Nashville. They shared beer,

Just Words

Did people worry that the spoken word would die when the cleverest among them started to make pictograms on clay

Finally, the Kiss of Magic Malt

The Soviet empire did not encourage small nations, but its collapse splinters one every other day. Perhaps that is why

Grungy Bars I Have Loved

On a recent listserve exchange with Oregon Brew Crew members, someone asked our various respondents which bar might be a

Tasting Beer Under the Sea

Anyone who has ever been in a half-decent bookshop knows that the staff has a tendency to look like wine-drinkers.

Chocolate and Beer Revisited

Jack Joyce, CEO of Rogue Brewing down in Newport, OR, called me a while back to do a chocolate and

A Floating Brewery in Tokyo Bay

Earlier this year, while at the Chicago Real Ale Festival, I started thinking about the first time I tasted cask-conditioned

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