Let’s start with the bad news: Beer is not, in fact, the breakfast of champions, for the simple and devastating reason that life is not a sassy T-shirt slogan. But that doesn’t mean beer is exclusively for the ne’er-do-well’s breakfast table. Plenty of occasional-do-wells have also been known to partake of an a.m.
Friday afternoon I finally had the good sense to further darken the doorway to the best and dirtiest bar in the universe, Rudy’s of Hell’s Kitchen, a scummy but righteous dive that will trade any jerk off the street a beer, a shot, and a hot dog for five measly dollars.
It seems like I hear less tongue-wringing over the inevitable kablammo’ing of the alleged craft beer bubble than I used to. This might mean we’ve decided the beer business is healthier than we’d thought, or it might just mean I’ve been eavesdropping on a more optimistic crowd.
It’s easy to mock ”Bar Rescue” because it should be the greatest show in television history and it manages to fall just a bit short, ranking somewhere in the upper-middle echelon along with ”Kate and Allie” and ”Good Times.” But even though it’s not everything it could be, it’s still reliably good and occasionally transcendent.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, the nation’s third-largest—and arguably most important—beer maker, recently announced that two new “flagship extensions” are joining the 2017 lineup, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale and Tropical Torpedo IPA. This is horrifying and heart-breaking and also completely rational and probably healthy: According to ”Brewbound,” Sierra Nevada Pale Ale sales are down 5.8 percent this […]
It’s easy to mock the advertising industry, particularly as it pertains to beer, what with the decades of mountain streams and horny pit bulls, but I like advertisers more than I like regular people because advertisers respect how much I contribute to society.
In the recent past I’ve climbed atop this slippery soapbox to advocate on behalf of all manner of small brews representing the many different ways “small” can be defined. I’ve praised beers from tiny producers, low-ABV session beers, quieter styles that showcase barley and craftsmanship rather than hops and barrels, and even half-pint pours of […]
Saturday night I had the great good fortune to attend the best beer festival I’ve ever been to: Mikkeller’s Copenhagen Beer and Music Celebration in Boston. This was a great event for several reasons, including many entirely unrelated to my free ticket. The weather was perfect in that it was definitely cold enough to need […]
Saturday afternoon I went to a memorial service for an old friend who passed away last month after a protracted bout with living.