Saturday, April 2, 2011
As a very chubby, very tall, and very curly-haired young child growing up on the Jersey shore, I had a slight complex. Being afflicted with a lazy eye and being named Lameece (this changed when I turned 13, thanks to a lawyer friend of my parents and the United States court system) didn't help matters, either.
From a young age, I was a pretty voracious reader, and devoured the epically bad and horrifically addictive series, "Sweet Valley High." Most children of the 80's should be able to recall these books. Please, jut admit you have read them. Like a workout room at a Crunch gym, this is an advertised No-Judgment Zone.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
So- some context. A couple weeks ago, Krista and I attended an SF beer week beer tasting event.
The event was run by the always delightful City Beer Store and FiftyFifty Brewing Company in Lake Tahoe, CA. Don't expect to find a review of that event (which was a lot of fun. And you can bet your Sunday Slippers I'll be making a stop at FiftyFifty the next time I'm in Tahoe); rather, this post examines how...public policy? can affect the proliferation of the types of beers you enjoy drinking. My desire to discuss public policy comes not from my inherent nerdiness, but because the famed Todd Ashman, FiftyFifty's current brewer, brought up the first topic of our two-part blog series on Silly CA Laws That Have Unintended Consequences on Your Beer Drinking during our tasting. Ashman began explaining exactly why it was necessary he emphasize the BAB (barrel-aged beer) we drank "officially has little to no traces of liquor in it!"
Saturday, February 26, 2011
For my first posting on this decidedly beer-focused blog, I am going to bend the rules a tad and write about my experiences with two delicious but decidedly non-beer beverages –apple cider and mead. (I had big plans for focusing my maiden blogging attempt on the process of fresh or “wet” hop brewing, but that will keep for another day). While I will leave it up to my esteemed co-bloggers to be the judge, I think the following discussion will contribute to the spirit of Talk Suds To Me by exploring some really amazing beverages that man- and woman-kind has enjoyed throughout the ages. So here we go…
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Sounds...intriguing! But, let's start at the beginning.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Bartender: "Have you read 'Beer West' before? There are some great articles in there about the brewing community."
Me: "NO WHAT'S THAT?"
Bartender: "A beer magazine. Gratis. Just grab a copy."
(umpteenth reason why La Trappe is fantastic...they have copies of "Beer West" just lying around).
So I did pick up BW, and it's a great find. The magazine focuses in on bars, breweries, brewers, and beer news along the West Coast. Recently, they branched out the publication to encompass California (the BW used to be called "Beer Northwest"). In the most recent issue, the writers tackle New Orleans beer/breweries, Monterrey beer/breweries, the Portland food scene, the British Columbia beer scene, and the importance of cleaning tap lines, to name a few. Also of note was a question to "Beer Expert Annie Brewer" (see "The List", a regular column). Sam from Everett, WA, wrote, "My girlfriend says she doesn't like beer. Can you recommend a beer that will change her mind?"