My girlfriend and I had the misfortune of attending Granite State on Tap last weekend. The festival is part of the America on Tap festival company, which puts on “Authentic Festivals,” as its logo’s tag line… Which is the easiest way to say “We actually are not authentic, or there are obviously people that question our authenticity, but we are, we swear. It’s in our … Continue reading Of Sub-Par Festivals
Last month marked one full year that I had been working within the beer industry, and since I have now left the industry, I felt it was a good time to look back over my experiences, and ruminate a little about the industry. This post is really just a contemplation for me, but hopefully it will shed light on parts of the industry for those … Continue reading A Year in Beer
Or rather, what is brett? I assume most of you reading already know the answer to this, but it seemed like a catchy title (and a better beer name). For a while now, something has been bothering me about the way we categorize beer, but before I get into my ranting, I’d like to take a minute and note the obvious: These are my personal, … Continue reading Who is Brett?
The Session this month is asking us to give a little history about a 20+ year old brewery in our local area. Conveniently, I just had to write up a history of Portsmouth, NH beer for my job so I’m going to cheat a little here and show you the basics of the Frank Jones Brewery. This month’s Session was orchestrated by Tale of the … Continue reading The Session #87
I’ve finally decided to take a stab at The Session. For those that don’t know, the Session is a monthly question posed to beer bloggers across the interwebs. The question can be about nearly anything in the beer world, and the question can be suggested by nearly anyone. This month’s question was put to the web by Heather Vandenengel of Beer Hobo, and poses the … Continue reading The Session #86: Beer Journalism
Draft Magazine online is one of my favorite ways to keep up with the beer world. I check into the website at least once a day to see what new content they have, and usually there is always something new for me to read and find interest in. I say this because I’m a little disappointed with their beer journalism in regards to an article … Continue reading The Myth of the Florida Weisse and Draft Magazine
Which glass fits best? I am constantly asking myself this question, and I am constantly finding new answers. Admittedly, I have a problem with glassware. I’m a hoarder. I love new glassware, and I have far too much of it. As such, it’s always difficult to choose which glass to choose. To remedy this, I decided to pour my most recent beer (Boulevard’s Imperial Stout … Continue reading A Question of Glassware
I’m not going to bore you fine readers with another list of beers to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner this year, as I can see that the internet is already filling up with them. Instead, I would like to direct your attention to some awesome blogs and sites that can give you a rundown of what beers to put on your Thanksgiving table. For me … Continue reading Beer and Thanksgiving
I know this question may seem crazy, but it circles around a question that has been punching its way into every level of the beer world lately. The Brewers Association is pissed about Blue Moon, so much so that they are trying to exclude them. Brewdog is scared of Blue Moon, so much so that they refer to them as “Blue Fucking Moon” and want … Continue reading What if Blue Moon made the next Heady Topper?
Boston is an old beer city. Check out this dated article from Beer Advocate if you have your doubts. In recent times, Boston has housed the Boston Beer Company and Harpoon Brewing Company, two of the largest and oldest craft breweries in the nation, but outside of those two stalwarts, the city’s brewery scene has struggled for a while. After 2004, when Tremont Brewing Company … Continue reading Beer in the City: One of the Troubles with the Boston Beer Scene