Category Archives: Philosophy & ramblings

“Beer Curmudgeons” kicks podcast ass

Twitter can be a gargantuan waste of time, but there are a few beer people who make it less of a giant sucking sound. Two locals raising the bar are Collin McDonnell, a brewery owner asking all the right questions … Continue reading

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Dear beer community: Slow your roll?

This has been on my mind for a while now (those of you who think I’m a big ol’ ball of uncensored opinion have no idea what I hold back!) I keep thinking “now’s not a good time for this” … Continue reading

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Why I don’t call it “craft beer”

There’s a reason this blog isn’t called East Bay Craft Beer. Part of it is that I’ve been around long enough to remember when beers I liked were called “microbrew,” and if I’m still running this site in 15 years … Continue reading

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SF Beer Week (the little I saw of it)

That’s it. Stick a fork in SF Beer Week. I had some good times and some good beers, and I also worked harder than I have in a long time to serve up beery delights to the masses. I didn’t … Continue reading

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SF Beer Week in Review

SF Beer Week 2014 ended for me Saturday night. SF Water And Health Food Week begins presently. All told, I managed to carve my own little festival out of the huge number of events, and had a damn good bit … Continue reading

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Rant: And the award for “worst beer label” goes to…

I don’t normally use my platform here to shit-talk local breweries to, you know, all 8 of my loyal readers. But every once in a while I see something that riles me up to the point where I have to … Continue reading

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Imagine a brewery here. Part 1: East Oakland

At one point I tried to research where the East Bay’s breweries were located before prohibition. It turns out historical research is real work. It also turns out it’s hard to trace 100-year-old businesses, even with all the rad old … Continue reading

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Fancy beer: pinkies out or middle fingers up?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about beer becoming higher class/more expensive/more accepted/more like wine/more pretentious/etc. Most of these articles and comments seem to come from outside the beer community. I feel like more of us from the actual … Continue reading

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Part 4 and final: Why IS beer so male?

Part 1: The customer is not always right * Part 2: Stop congratulating me for having ovaries * Part 3: Selling beer to women and other humans Day 4. Are you tired of this topic yet? NOT HALF AS TIRED … Continue reading

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The last time I’m writing about women in beer, part 3 of 4: Selling beer to women and other humans

Part 1: disclaimers and the customer is not always right Part 2: Stop congratulating me for having ovaries I’m sometimes asked how we can get more women to drink beer. I say all we really have to do is stay … Continue reading

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