Cheesy title, I know. So I’m a little late to this, the writing part and not the reading part, but I came across this list of top breweries in San Francisco. Well, it actually puts itself in a place of best places for craft beer. And it’s not truly just places in San Francisco proper. Also, it doesn’t really say top breweries, it says it’s … Continue reading The Beer Fire Spreads Across the Whole Bay Area
Recently, I ordered a Kölsch. Yes, it was at more of a dive bar than beer connoisseur round table. Yes, the noise level was at the multiple bomb rating level. And yes, nearly everyone around me was ordering the PBR and whisky shot special (which was my selection for my 3rd and 4th rounds). Still, I felt like easing into a long night of probable … Continue reading Kölsch, Enough Said (Maybe)
A meandering path of online curiosity led me to discover this photo. So I decided to share it. Edinburgh Ale, a photo from David Octavius Hill and his collection of photos from 1843-1847. I’ll let the description on the National Galleries page describe the scene, but these men look very happy with their beer. Maybe they’re on their eighth round, but those ale flutes don’t … Continue reading Beer Drinking in the 1840’s
The 21st Amendment opening celebration for their San Leandro location was this past weekend. It’s on the more industrial side of the freeway, where Drake’s and Cleophus Quealy are. It appears to be the largest of them, and every bit of the space around it was crammed in with cars. We were there to enjoy the beer, the brewery and more of the beer. The … Continue reading Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?
Our friend Jose and I recently argued about the value of San Francisco, over a beer of course. As if usually the case with our debates, he vehemently expressed his dislike of San Francisco which made me reciprocate with wholehearted support for The City. However I can honestly say I was greatly disappointed by my recent trip through Chinatown in search of Snow Beer. On … Continue reading Searching for Snow Beer in the USA – Part 2
I am not a coffee person. And I am definitely not a fan of Starbucks as an organization. I am a supporter of Peet’s and Blue Bottle and others and steer people away from Starbucks with my ignorant, outsider perspective. I try to keep things positive about beer, but the announcement that Starbucks will sell beer, wine and tapas type dishes starting tomorrow is something … Continue reading Meet at Starbucks for a Beer?
Beer has its food pairings. I won’t pretend I can relay those pairings with confidence nor expertise for meals or main dishes. Snacks, however, I think we’re all experts at. Salty chips or nuts are good. I like carrot sticks and think they’re good to cleanse the palate a bit for more beer. Of course, breads and other spongy carbs are good to give that … Continue reading Let’s Give Beer Cheese a Try
Wheat cereal. Wheat beer. The article says this crossover was inevitable, and it sure seems that way. Wheaties Hefeweizen, or HefeWheaties, will be available for those that want the drink that will make you feel like a champion if you drink enough of it. The sad fact appears to be that it will only be available in Minnesota for the time being, brewed in partnership with … Continue reading Minnesota Gets to Drink its Wheaties Instead with HefeWheaties
I am not well traveled in my beer tourism nor have a diverse tasting portfolio, but as Jay may attest to, I’m a sucker for inspired beer names and recommendations from the staff. On both accounts, I strike out a lot. There are many partnership brews that result in creative names, however I’m leaving those out. And I’ve not been able to taste all of … Continue reading Top Ten Beers Named After Songs (Maybe)
White Bull Lager. It didn’t register at all to me. And it isn’t until the news of its possible extinction that I heard about it at all. The history of White Bull Lager is part of the history of an independent South Sudan. And while (of course) there is a longer history than when it became an independent country in 2011, that shorter history of … Continue reading Beer Beyond Brand and Becoming National Identity