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

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

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

Dec
29

Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale 2009

I am a little late with this brief note on a great holiday beer, but there is still some of it floating around the market and it’s worth picking up

Dec
20

Great Divide Brewing Company Hibernation Ale

On my recent trip down to Seattle I picked up a bunch of winter and Christmas beers from some of the very excellent U.S. microbrews available south of the border.

Dec
9

De Proef Signature Ale with Port Brewing

A beer from the brewmaster’s collaboration series, this ale was a joint effort between Dirk Naudis of De Proef and Tomme Arthur from Lost Abbey/Port Brewing. Both of these guys

Dec
4

North Coast Old Rasputin 12th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout

In an exciting development, I am writing up this beer procured not on a trip to the United States, but rather on a trip two blocks away from my work