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  • The Downside of Choice

    A while back I listened to the ever-engaging Radiolab podcast on “Choice”. I mulled the show over quite a bit and figured a few points could easily cross over to beer – I mean, we have so...

  • On Draught Beer

    I’ve been an advocate of clean beer lines for some time now, but I haven’t talked much about it here. Why? Well, it’s a touchy subject. You see, most bar owners assume their beer lines are...

  • Drink to be Sober

    Mike Sober is a memorable man. Folks across California will recognize him and his signature scruffy beard as he enters the bar or brewery in his never-ending quest for the next great hopped-up...

  • Quick GABF Thoughts

    I have a whole lot of things I want to mention about the 30th Great American Beer Festival, but much of that will have to wait as I have a date with my day job… which involves pouring great...

  • GABF by the Numbers

    Sure, a picture is worth a thousand words, but numbers… well, they make the world go round. Below are just a few fun facts about this years Great American Beer Festival.

    Awards by...

  • Bars of Glasgow

    Editor’s Note: This is one of several stories ‘lost’ in our recent server transition. I looked through what was lost and will re-post a few stories I found worth...

  • The Trouble with Terroir

    I’ve written before on my thoughts about beer being the “new wine“, so I won’t rehash all of that here. That said, there seems to be a number of people content to discuss the “terroir”...

  • The Old Auburn Brewery

    I have stopped by the historic site for the Auburn Brewery in Auburn, California, several times in the last few years. Recently I had the mind to take a few pictures and share them with you. The...

  • Sacramento’s Buffalo Chasers

    Beer history nuts around the country will no doubt be familiar with Buffalo Beer, Sacramento’s most famous brewery – co-founded by Frank Ruhstaller. Before prohibition (founded 1874) it...

  • Open Letter to Governor Brown

    Dear Mr. Brown, Governor of California

    I recently read that you have proclaimed September as “California Wine Month” to celebrate the state’s multi-billion dollar industry. I...

  • It’s About Don

    Permit me a brief poetic indulgence.
    I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel

    you were famous, your heart was a legend.

    You told me again you preferred handsome men

    but for me you would...

  • Beer News Most People Read

    I love beer-related news. No, I’m not talking about label approvals, expansions or who has the best super-booze in town. What I like is the National Inquirer type stories. They’re awesome....

  • New Site Issues

    Well, it finally caught up with me. I didn’t have a great backup system in place for this site and I’ve done lost all my data. So, we’re starting anew. I’ll go through the archives and...