A Cooler and a Growler Walk Into a Bar

The Christmas shopping season is upon us and beer lovers are hoping to find some items under the Christmas tree as well. What better gift than a way to transport beer, keep it fresh and keep it cold? Grizzly Coolers and Hydro Flask have you covered with the Grizzly 16 cooler and the Hydro Flask […]

How I Enjoyed GABF Week Without Tickets (Part 2)

I’d like to warn our affiliates that we might go long. Remember GABF?  You probably had oodles of fun.  You also probably went.  Unfortunately I didn’t attend, and know that though jealous of you as I am, dear hypothetical reader, I had my share of delightfulness that week sans-ticket.  This is part 2 of my […]

How I Enjoyed GABF Week Without Tickets (Part 1)

To be honest, I didn’t even try to get a ticket.  With sellout times estimated to be less than 15 minutes on a day where I had to be at my day-job, and Ken Weaver kicking wholesale amounts of ass on RateBeer Weekly, I knew the elusive media pass and general admission modes of entry were beyond […]

Remembering Lew Cady

Lew Cady passed away Sunday morning, August 4, surrounded by his wife and daughters, after a two-month hospital stay and several months of health trouble. He was 76. Though not as renowned or instantly recognizable as Michael Jackson (the beer one, not Thriller), people who knew Lew would say that Michael Jackson was no Lew Cady. Tongue […]

BodeBrown Beer Train

I was in the second edition of BodeBrown Beer Train (Curitiba / Morretes), with special guest Greg Koch, (CEO and Co-founder of Stone Brewing).The Beer Train 2013 was one of the events organized by Bodebrown Brewery, located in Curitiba City, Paraná. 

Breweries-In-Planning Barred from South Denver Beer Fest

This coming weekend (May 4-5), Denverites will descend upon the southern burb of Littleton, CO for the inaugural South Denver Beer Fest, with over 60 breweries, both local and national (and a couple of Belgians, as well as a couple of local distillers).  Unfortunately the Fest will carry on without roughly 8 breweries planned for […]

2013 Craft Brewers’ Conference

This year’s Craft Brewers Conference, held in Washington, D.C.’s convention center from March 26-29, was the largest ever held.  Attendance was 6,400, about a third higher than last year’s Craft Brewer Conference in San Diego.  BrewExpo America, the trade show associated with the conference, had 440 vendors, with enough booths to fill an entire city […]

DSTILL: A Celebration of American Craft Distilling

I feel a small amount of guilt in writing this, the second post in a row not really about beer.  However, it needs to be said: craft spirits is blowing up, son! Look, we’re all beer nerds here; you don’t read a beer blog hosted by RateBeer.com without being somewhat nerdy about beer.  We all wonder why […]

Mazer Cup: The GABF of Mead

So, a long while ago I wrote here about Mead, and its comeback, and its relevance to craft beer.  Well, I’m back writing about it again.  I love the stuff, admittedly.  And while I have only seen 2 non-Colorado meads on even the nerdiest of liquor store shelves (CO itself only has 4 producers of […]

How To Improve The Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines Fest

  Earlier this month I attended THE Big Beers, Belgians, & Barlywines Fest in Vail, Colorado. I emphasized the ‘THE’ because, in short, it oozes as much (potentially more) awesomesauce than GABF.  Sam Calagione has gone on record saying it’s his favorite fest every year.  And it pretty well proves itself: a tasting of 67 […]