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. […]
No West Coast vacation is more romanticized than a drive down California State Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway – or PCH for those in the know. But while the scenery is primarily what people talk about when it comes to California’s Central Coast, at this moment the region is also producing some of the […]
Whether it’s haute cuisine or late night bar snacks, there’s no denying beer and food are meant to go together. It’s always fun to try beer and food pairings at home, but what about dining at an actual craft brewery? The amazing reality is that there’s no limit to the number of craft breweries serving up […]
People have been making beer on earth for over 7,000 years. In that time, we’ve tinkered, toyed and perfected recipes, creating the modern beer culture we know today.
Beer is undergoing a revolution. More people aren’t just drinking beer, they’re also making it themselves at home. But if you hail from Dixie, your region hasn’t gotten as much love and attention in craft beer circles as parts of the north and west have, but that’s changing.