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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 […]

The $3 kitchen uni-tasker I adore

The $3 kitchen uni-tasker I adore

I’m a gadget minimalist in the kitchen – thoroughly in the camp that believe a sharp knife is all you really need. However, there is one lone kitchen uni-tasker, that for approximately $3, is worth every penny to me. No, I’m not talking about a […]

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!” […]

Breweries: Do this, NOT this.

Breweries: Do this, NOT this.

As a beer writer, I find it extremely hard to deliver negative criticism. Partly, that’s because there is so much positivity in the craft beer world that it’s really easy to focus on the good stuff. There are times, however, when a little honesty is important, […]