Although I spend an inordinate amount of time chasing down and thinking about new beer, in my day job, I’m employed as a microbiologist. So when I catch wind of something in my professional life that impacts my hobby, I tend to take notice. To that end, a recent publication in the Proceedings of the [...]
I’m a hophead. People who know me, know this about me, so when Ralph Morana, owner/brewer at BarVolo/House Ales asked me to sit on a judging panel for the Ontario Cask IPA Challenge, it was a no-brainer. Held for the third consecutive year on Saturday and Sunday May 14th and 15th, this event saw 23 [...]
We’re uninformed, crass, Neanderthals with the palates of starving dogs. We don’t know anything about beer; we don’t know anything about culture, we’re unsophisticated and are incapable of appreciating subtlety.
As many of you know, in just over four years, I’ve come to consider myself a New Yorker. I love people-watching in Greenwich Village, walking the Mall in Central Park and taking in many of the shows that Broadway has to offer. Great restaurants, the iconic skyline and the characters who inhabit this place are [...]
There has been a whole lot of digital ink spilled recently about how craft beer has changed in the last ten years. Both Ratebeer.com and Beeradvocate.com will be celebrating their ten-year anniversary this year and during that time we have seen massive amounts of change in the craft beer scene. From the rise of imperial [...]
So with all of this, why is it that brewers are seeing fit to charge ever-increasing prices for their new products?
One of the best books on brewing that I have come across is Randy Mosher’s “Radical Brewing“. Published in 2004, the book contains a plethora of information about historical beer styles, brewing technique and especially how to craft beers that either straddle the lines between known beer styles, or that use unusual adjuncts and flavourings [...]
This question is asked mostly with tongue planted firmly in cheek, because unless you don’t actually get out of bed in the morning, and have maintained that routine for a solid week, it’s been tough to miss what has transpired in the Pennsylvania beer world. I’ve been watching these events transpire with puzzled amusement and [...]
As an added bonus, I had a chance to talk to Cigar City founder, Joey Redner and head brewer Wayne Wambles about the ups and downs of success and the future of Cigar City Brewing.
Craft beer has seen an amazing level of growth over the last five years. With that growth has come a whole lot of good. The quality of craft beer around the world continues to improve and the homebrewer’s penchant for experimentation is now firmly ensconced in the commercial craft beer industry. We see evidence of [...]