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 […]

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 […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo Doble Fuerte and Pyramid Hefeweizen

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo Doble Fuerte (5 ½ x 54) With so many cigars to experience and review, it is seldom that I smoke the same cigar two nights in a row. However, after smoking the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo Doble Fuerte, I couldn’t wait for round two and smoked another […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Undercrown by Drew Estates and Go Team! by The Bruery

I picked a great pair tonight! The fine, fine people at BnB Tobacco sent me some cigars to review, and with the weather on the Lido Deck finally back to cigar smoking temperatures, I was able to grab one for tonight’s tasting, paired with a nice Belgian-style ale from The Bruery. Undercrown by Drew Estate Robusto […]

Tonight’s (Superbowl) Tasting: Samuel Adams Infinium and CAO OSA Sol

Samuel Adams Infinium For the past couple of years, the Boston Beer Company and Germany’s Weihenstephan Brewery have joined forces to create what they characterized as an entirely new style of beer, a champagne-like ale called Infinium. Infinium comes in a 750 ml champagne bottle, complete with foil, wire and cork. The beer (champagne?) poured […]

Jubel 2010 Once a Decade Ale Beer Review

Jubel 2010 Once a Decade Ale This waxed beauty from Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery has been sitting in my fridge since, well, 2010. It’s about a $13 bottle of beer so I suppose I kept putting it off for a special occasion. Tonight I felt like drinking it, and that was special occasion enough. The […]

How Beer Saved the World

Wow.  I feel even better about being a beer drinker.  I was cruising Netflix for something to watch, and came across a Discovery Channel documentary called How Beer Saved the World.  If you haven’t seen it yet, it is well worth a look. Anthropologists had long believed that the first agricultural crop raised by humans was barley, […]