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Curating the Perfect Craft Beer List: A Certified Cicerone’s Guide

Curating the Perfect Craft Beer List: A Certified Cicerone’s Guide

Too often, when perusing a bar or restaurant’s beer menu, I shake my head and think to myself. . . This list makes absolutely no sense. You name it, I’ve seen it: months old seasonals, all objectively terrible ‘local’ beers, lists littered with fake craft beers […]

3 Things I’ve Learned about the Beer Biz

3 Things I’ve Learned about the Beer Biz

Long time no see fellow beer and food lovers! As you may remember, just over a year ago I made the decision to change my life’s course. I quit my stable, “adult” career and became a beer rep for Cavalier Distributing – a company dedicated to the sale of […]

How we’re killing craft beer classics: The death of Stone Ruination.

How we’re killing craft beer classics: The death of Stone Ruination.

In the past 24 hours since seeing the news of Ruination’s demise on Stone’s Facebook page and subsequently their blog post, I’ve experienced all of the five stages of grief: Denial:  NO. No way they can do this, holy crap no. Anger:  That’s really messed up. Ruination is an […]

Stop Calling Your Beer ‘Hoppy’

Stop Calling Your Beer ‘Hoppy’

Hoppy has practically become as ubiquitous a word as ‘beer’ in the craft world and I can. not. stand it anymore!     “Wow, this beer is sooo hoppy.”            “Ew, I can’t stand hoppy beers.”   “What?! I LOVE hoppy beers!” […]

Porter vs. Stout: Really, what is the difference?

Porter vs. Stout: Really, what is the difference?

‘What exactly is the difference between stout and porter?’ someone  recently asked me. As I opened my mouth to explain, I realized that the answer is not as cut and dry as you might think. While there are many varieties of so-called ‘dark beer’ such […]