It’s been an interesting few years, friends.
This blog’s posts plunged from frequent to half-assed to No Fucks Given. A thousand new places opened and I didn’t care about most of them, no matter how hard I tried. Too many places I liked closed up shop or changed for the worse. Some guy I still haven’t met started a popular Instagram with the exact name of this blog. Far too many of the people I used to see at bars and events moved away, stopped drinking, disappeared, or died
Since this blog started to feel like a chore, we ushered in the Beer for People Who Don’t Like Beer era. I haven’t felt so out of touch with beer since I had my first sip of macro lager and struggled to understand why anyone drank.
But I’m not dead yet. Beer isn’t designed around my tastes anymore, but maybe my 2 cents are still worth at least a cent and a half.
I won’t be comprehensive. I probably won’t be covering your cool new place or your fun event. A poet is not a jukebox. We’ll see what catches my interest. Let’s try this again and see how it goes.
Some of you are silently questioning the relevance of yet another industry dinosaur telling kids to get off her lawn. But if you’re still reading, you can handle text longer than a hashtag and maybe even viewpoints you disagree with. You are my people. As I said to my boss last year, “Thank you for seeing me as ‘having passion,’ not ‘being an asshole.'”
Let’s party like it’s 2009.
Original mission from 2012:
When we say “East Bay,” we mean the parts of California’s Bay Area east of San Francisco, mostly covered by Alameda and Contra Costa counties. When we say “beer,” we mean non-corporate beer with flavor. As I type this, the approved word for good beer is “craft,” just like in the ‘90s the favored term was “microbrew.” I look forward to seeing what we call it in 20 years….maybe “beer?”
We are East Bay-centric but not East Bay exclusive. We like San Francisco and this is not a competition. Just like “SF” Beer Week includes events all over the Bay Area, so will “East Bay” Beer address the whole Bay Area as time allows. However, our information grapevine leans east and we have a lot of friends who work at East Bay breweries and bars, so we’re inherently biased. We’ll do our best to spread the love around.
The beer world is large, and we will sometimes step outside the Bay Area to editorialize on larger issues or share what we discover on the road. It’s just beer, let’s be flexible
Jen Muehlbauer: founder, writer
Jen started writing about beer in 2002 after befriending the publisher of a beer newspaper on a pub crawl in Boston. She is the assistant manager of beer, wine, spirits, cheese, and coffee at a San Francisco location of a grocery store you may have heard of.
Rick Hayes: webmaster, photographer
Rick wrangles genomes for the government by day and brews (and drinks) beer by night. He’s been making websites and putting up with Jen since 1994. He’s a certified BJCP judge, built his own kegerator, and has an epic beard. If you’re nice he’ll make you a carbonnade.
Eric Pietras: photographer, contributing writer
Eric isolates blood stem cells and then does science to them. He is an avid photographer and writes about beer for UCSF’s newspaper, Synapse. [ETA: Eric has moved to Denver, he is missed!]