O captain! My captain!

A7E8GA DEAD POETS SOCIETY Robin Williams in the 1989 Warner film To fully understand poetry, we must first be fluent with its meter, rhyme and figures of speech, then ask two questions: 1) How [Read more]

December 10, 2016 // 3 Comments

A beer dinner for and from the ages

This picture has nothing to do with this post except it shows people clinking beers, one of which looks dangerously full.  (I don’t like using stock photos any more than you do.) I’m not [Read more]

December 2, 2016 // 3 Comments

IPA is doomed (well, sort of)

It may have crushed all comers in the past few years, but its dominance of beer growth can’t last forever.   Structural weakness means IPA is doomed.  Well, sort of. A pint of Breakside [Read more]

August 26, 2016 // 5 Comments

Why we love beer: soulful hard work

We humans have a long-standing love of beer.  But why do we seem to have some fundamental connection to this simple, ancient beverage? I argue it’s the soulful hard work involved in brewing [Read more]

July 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

The phenomenon of beer wait lines

There is an explosive trend in beer culture that has nothing to do with hops, yeast or malt.  It has to do with beer wait lines. Just another Saturday morning, waiting to buy beer. By this I don’t [Read more]

April 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

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