For those of us not in a relationship, Valentine’s Day can seem like the worst day of the year. But does it have to be? Rather than being reminded of how lonely we occasionally feel, why not take the day to honor a relationship even more important than one with a significant other, a.k.a., the […]
I’ve never been on a dedicated beercation, but lately I’ve been inching closer and closer in that direction every time I leave the house for more than an underwear-change’s worth of time. This is why I’m stressed out that I’m leaving for Chicago in a couple of days and have yet to schedule a single […]
In the awkward seasonal transition between summer and fall, when September is almost over but it’s still hot as hell, nothing quenches the thirst quite like sour beer.
The number of craft breweries in America continues to grow, but even with this growth, some states still have more breweries and beer than others. Who would have ever thought tiny Vermont would pump out the most craft beer per capita in the nation? This means they have more than six breweries for every 100,000 adults […]
There are bar crawls and then there are “beer trails.” And while we’re more than happy to join the slow-moving conga line of beer drinkers as they make their tipsy way from bar to bar, we’re kind of more intrigued by the prospect (and quality) of this newfangled craft beer tourism. So what is a […]
Certain optimistic political types and their yes-men in Congress may deny the notion that our climate and ecosystem have become unstable and increasingly vulnerable. But for the rest of us, it’s no secret that climate change is real. (Just scroll through Bernie Sanders’ Twitter account.) Of course, with any issue there are going to be […]
There was an article in last Sunday’s Portland Press Herald about local bar owners being unhappy with the rapid proliferation of brewery taprooms in town. They expressed some valid concerns about licensing discrepancies, but it was hard to avoid the conclusion that their main gripe is that they’re simply not jazzed about having new competition.
When you’re buying wine or even spirits, there’s an implicit (marketable) sense of regionality: terroir, indigenous product, supportive local culture. But what about beer? Does “local”—or locality—matter? Per the 1516 Reinheitsgebot, German beer purity law, beer is a mix of water, hops, and barley (they added yeast later), typically brewed in a sterilized environment (meaning no […]
October 17, 1814 started as a day like any other in London. Most of the men in the parish of St. Giles, a poor working-class London neighborhood, were off to work. A group of women were holding a wake to comfort a friend who had just lost her two-year-old son, and a mother and daughter were having tea. […]