It’s Now Legal to Brew Beer at Home in All 50 States!

Tuesday night the Alabama Senate passed a bill legalizing homebrewing — making Alabama the 50th and final state in America to do so. It’s incredible to think that in America, where many of the founding fathers were themselves home brewers, that it would take this long to recognize this fundamental right in all of the states. Indeed, James […]

New Beer Fridge

Exciting day. The workers finally finished installing my new outdoor beer fridge. If you ever come to visit, please be careful not to slam the door closed.

Tonight’s Tasting: Perdomo Patriarch Connecticut and Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

A beautiful day on the Lido deck cried out for a tasting, and I was in a mild mood, so I went with a Perdomo cigar with a light wrapper (although admittedly it looks pretty dark in the photo) and a seasonal beer from Samuel Adams. Perdomo Patriarch Connecticut (6″ x 50) Perdomo’s Patriarch cigar […]

Beer Stein in a Can

I’m always a little amused when people “reinvent” really old technology. Not that I have firsthand experience, but my recollection of history is that the invention of the can was a pretty big deal, and the options at the time for opening them was to punch holes in them or open the entire top with […]

It’s a Good Time to be a Craft Beer Drinker

I received another press release from the Brewers Association today, announcing its “Legislator of the Year” awards. Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) were recognized for their stewardship of the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act – clever, eh?). Yeah, yeah, thumbs up, congratulations and all that, but […]

Make Your Last Beer Ever a Shock Top?

Given my prior post, this very entertaining commercial from Shock Top caught my eye. Shock Top beers are made by Shock Top Brewing Company in St. Louis, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Bush InBev. The fact that many might think they are drinking a “craft beer” when they are drinking a Shock Top has […]

What is a “Craft Beer”?

I received a press release today from the Brewers Association, “a trade organization dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers.” The Association has started a “Craft vs. Crafty” campaign, trying to get the word out that you might not be drinking a “craft beer”, as the Association defines that term, even though it appears […]

Tonight’s Tasting: La Gloria Cubana Serie N and Pilsner Urquell

I put together a great pairing tonight, selecting a big Glorioso La Gloria Cubana Serie N and, to set off the bold cigar, a nice crisp pilsner beer. La Gloria Cubana Serie N A real beauty with a very dark, Oscuro wrapper. I thought I might have scratched it with a drawer in the humidor […]

Beer Fest Review: Septemberfest 2012 at Santa Monica

The Septemberfest in Santa Monica, put on by Drink Eat Play, is one of my perennial favorites. What’s not to like? Over 150 different beers served in unlimited quantities right next to the ocean. Add to that not one, not three, but TEN food trucks and a really good band called Petty Cash (covering the […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Man O’ War Armada and Alcatraz Big House Red Ale

Man O’ War Armada Toro Grande (6″ x 56) I tried a Man O’ War Ruination a few nights ago that I really liked, so I thought I’d give the Man O’ War Armada a try tonight. I smoked it with no preconceived notions, and only after the review did I check the price and […]