Oct
12

Two Elysian Pumpkin Beers

I will have some articles coming soon on Portugal where I am visiting Porto and the Douro valley. In the meantime, enjoy this very quick note on two excellent seasonal

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Mar
29

The Science and Merits of Aging Beer: A Dark Lord Vertical

It is wine, not beer, that garners the attention and prestige of oldness. Wine cellars are the apex of a wine lover’s hobby, containing one’s personal expression and history. Opening

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Oct
23

The Bruery Sour in the Rye

Once upon a time I used to drink more beer than wine. This was facilitated by my time in California several years ago where access to craft beer and microbrews

Oct
16

Elysian Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout

This is the perfect beer insofar as perfection is irrelevant. Delicious. Direct. Balanced. Excellent $9 at various outlets

Aug
6

Upright Brewing Pure Wit

I tend toward drinking wine over beer these days. I find beer can be hard to digest, is overly filling and wears on my palate somewhat more than wine. I

Feb
20

Tales from San Francisco: sips and notes from SF Beer Week

I am currently in San Francisco enjoying the best beer event in th U.S.: SF Beer Week. Below are my tasting notes from Friday’s festivities at City Beer and Toronados,

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Dec
30

Beer of Legend: Isabelle Proximus

Holidays and a good friend’s visit created the perfect occasion for me to open one of California’s rarest and most exciting beer projects. Isabelle Proximus is the collective work of

Jul
25

Beer From Afar: a Rare Beer Tasting

It has become a rare occurrence for me to write about beer these days. While I continue to love and explore this beverage, I’ve tended to focus on friend and

May
5

Beer Break

A good friend’s recent visit prompted me to set up a little beer dinner with a wide selection of brews (he’s a beer geek). I brought the majority of these

Feb
1

Beer Wars Keynote from Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Company

Last Sunday I attended the CAMRA BC screening of Beer Wars, a documentary about how the craft brewing industry in the United States has contintuously been shafted by the large

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