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.
I was tentatively self-scheduled to toil at my desk last Saturday, but by the time I got my brain straight and my teeth brushed it was already 60 degrees and sunny, so I decided to make it a research day rather than a writing day. This sort of flexibility is the best thing about being […]
Beer distribution is a convoluted and often dirty racket with Byzantine laws, scams, and customs that vary from state to state. So are plenty of other businesses, my own included; I don’t mean to be unduly hard on beer distributors, particularly since I don’t know every last detail of their hustle.
A couple of Saturdays ago, my wife and I found ourselves idling in a strange land with an hour to kill before a beer festival. She was rolling on an empty stomach, and I hadn’t eaten much of anything for a good 20 minutes either, so we went to a brewpub not far from the […]
Only a couple of shopping days left until Football Christmas, which means it’s time to discuss Super Bowl beers.
Earlier this week, Thrillist ran a post titled “Craft Beer Trends That Need To Stop.” As an incorrigible listicler and frequent complainer, I felt duty bound to click immediately, and I’m glad I did. Seventeen different beer folks aired their grievances, and I agreed with many of them. Norman Miller is absolutely right that we […]
India pale ales, or IPAs, currently account for 27 percent of all off-premise craft beer sales, which means IPA market share has tripled since 2008. That stat shocked me, because while I recognize that IPAs are by far the most popular craft style, I would not have guessed that the category was still actively extending […]
The best parts of being a beer writer are self-evident. And to be honest, there aren’t really any hidden downsides. It’s a pretty soft gig. But if there’s one thing that inches my beer research ever so slightly closer to “job” than “hobby,” it’s the constant pressure to try new things.
Every year I consider and then swiftly reject the notion of sober January, which puts it on an overcrowded pedestal of good but not gratifying lifestyle choices that I’ll always admire and never implement. I don’t doubt the physical, mental, and financial benefits that accrue for any soul brave enough to face down the darkest 31 […]