Denizens Brewing Co.: finally, a Silver Spring brewpub!

Denizens Brewing Co.: finally, a Silver Spring brewpub!

Denizens Brewing Co. in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland is open! This is exciting for several reasons: 1. The next nearest brewpub – a place that serves the beer it makes – is about eleven miles away through some of the worst traffic in the country.  Eleven miles might as well [...]

The State of Craft Beer in Ireland

The State of Craft Beer in Ireland

I went to Ireland and checked in on the state of craft beer.  (I suffer so for my art.) I simply had to go to Dublin  this summer.  The European Beer Bloggers Conference was there, and it was a good excuse to go to Ireland, not that I really needed [...]

Innis & Gunn launches new oak bottles

Innis & Gunn launches new oak bottles

Sometimes I just love being a beer blogger.  I get notices like this magically appearing in my inbox, allowing little ol’ me to be on top of the very latest in trends and business momentum.  It’s not like my blog’s all that big or anything, so this is a real [...]

What can you do with crap beer?  Grant it Amnesty, then blow it up!

What can you do with crap beer? Grant it Amnesty, then blow it up!

Things happen when you start to pay attention to beer, particularly the one in your hand.  Take a sip.  Subtle flavors rise, you breathe deep, you say “Aaaaaah!”  Your beer satisfies your thirst and presents you with a whole host of sensory delight.   That’s usually when people start noticing [...]

Yahoo! email revamp still stuck in Stone Age

Yahoo! email revamp still stuck in Stone Age

By now there’s been plenty of media coverage of the technical and public relations disaster that is the new Yahoo! email.  Under the guise of a makeover, Yahoo! gutted their flagship email product and released the new version before much of anything in it worked.  Yahoo! has been strikingly silent about [...]

Harpoon Brewery: Various and the Four Saisons

Harpoon Brewery: Various and the Four Saisons

We felt like rock stars. When the Beer Bloggers’ Conference arrived at Harpoon Brewery in Boston this summer, we were quietly ushered away from the rather impressive stream of visitors pouring in for the brewery tour.  Off to the side, inside a small courtyard, were black-clad staff with trays of [...]

U.S. Beer Blogging in five minutes or fewer

U.S. Beer Blogging in five minutes or fewer

Ring, ring. It’s two days before I leave for vacation in Ireland and Scotland. I’m ending the trip with the European Beer Bloggers’ Conference in Edinburgh.  I brim with anticipation, excited as a child, delighted to the tips of my fingers dancing happily over the keyboard; I can’t wait to board that plane.  Then [...]

Finding beer in Montgomery County, MD: the County as distributor

Finding beer in Montgomery County, MD: the County as distributor

Which beers can you find in Montgomery County Maryland?  How do you know? Why do we care? Why is finding beer (if you care about which beer) so hard? I’ve lived in Maryland for thirteen years this time around, but I’ve been resident in so many states I have trouble keeping [...]

What is the beer that's brewed under the sea? Sunk Punk!

What is the beer that’s brewed under the sea? Sunk Punk!

Brewdog is a Scottish brewery/beer bar chain that is controversial (and wildly successful) in Scotland.  They’re lively and funny and they make painfully hoppy American-style beers.  They use 100% Scottish malt, which I think is pretty cool. Last year they grew revenues by 95% and added six more beer bars [...]

8 New Beers I Love (BBC13 Favorites)

8 New Beers I Love (BBC13 Favorites)

I thought to myself, great, you’ve just had this intense experience tasting 55 or so new beers over the course of a weekend at the Beer Blogger’s Conference, but what new information did you bring home with you?  Some of these beers were so rare we had mere sips and were [...]

Beer Where Glass Can't Go: Steel Growlers

Beer Where Glass Can’t Go: Steel Growlers

Summer’s not over yet, so you should know about this – there’s a way to take your homebrew to places that won’t let you bring glass.  Hydro Flask makes steel growlers - a 64-oz. flask with a double-walled vacuum-sealed insulated chamber designed to keep hot hot and cold cold.  It looks like an oversized water [...]

Ireland, Scotland, and Bloggers, Oh My!

Ireland, Scotland, and Bloggers, Oh My!

This woman’s first real Irish Guinness is imminent, be prepared for the ground to shake. I’m going to Ireland for a week, my first time there, and then off to Scotland for another longish week, ending at the European Beer Bloggers Conference in Edinburgh.  We’ll be there the same time that the Scottish [...]