(And also New York.)
File under “the more you know,” because there’re a few things in here I certainly didn’t know.
A full tank is a happy tank, full tanks make happy brewers, and happy brewers make happy beer. Look, I don’t know where I’m going with this either.
Hop, hop, hop, all day long / hop, hop, hop, while I sing this song
When the best brewery of 2019 is a faster-than-quick drive from where you live, you of course go to interview the owner. Assuming that’s your job.
Trends! Get your beer trends here! Fresh trends, alive, alive-oh!
Nothing like a challenge to make me wake up in the morning, even a challenge that I’m poorly equipped to tackle!
“Okay, Teddy, let’s not evaluate rashly here, all right? It’s a misunderstanding. We’re not saying pilsners are boring. We’re saying that we are too boring to appreciate them properly, is what I’m going with.”
Oh, come on, you didn’t think I’d go to a bunch of breweries and not ALSO go to a bunch of bars, too? You don’t know me at all, do you.
It’s called Music City, but as a secondary honorific, Good Beer City is accurate. It just doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as nicely.
A young brewery so good at making top-notch, unique beers, plus great examples of trendy beer styles, that they’ll leave you…foaming at the mouth. Yeah, I did that. I did.
Beer is wonderful, except when it’s wasteful. But breweries know what’s up, and they have known what’s up since ages ago! So don’t worry, be happy, drink beer.
AKA: Keep beer weird! (Says the guy who put a borin’ ol’ pilsner on his best-of list.)
Everyone knows that aging beer in oak barrels is a gateway to deliciousness. What they might not know is that if you do math and fractionally blend your barrel aged beers, “deliciousness” goes to a whole new level.
Clever subheadline: Because anniversary beers can be delicious, just like other beers that have nothing to do with an anniversary. Figuring out how to make a beer to commemorate the birth of your brewery isn’t an easy feat. It’s an abstract feat, even. But if you’re creative enough, you’ll crack the code, as the brewers I …
It’s October! Which means it’s still Oktoberfest! Only just, of course, but “only just” is just enough. You’ve got a couple days left. Seize ’em. You can start, naturally, by reading my thoughts on the festival, farmed from brewers at Night Shift, Marshall, and Silvaticus, because of course I’m going to speak with MA breweries …
Continuing my side career as a major Trillium Brewing Company booster: My interview with Esther Tetreault, one of the most joyful interviews I’ve conducted all year (aided in no small part by drinks*), about Trillium’s past, present, and future, including a discussion of “beer therapy” and a back and forth on the company’s apparent evolution …
I know what you’re gonna ask: “How does he do it? How does Crump make it to, and make it through, as many beer festivals as he does?” Well my friends, it’s quite simple: I run, I bike, I take evening walks around my neighborhood, I lift, and I try to eat healthy*, and somewhere in …
Well, that’s another Vermont Brewers Festival under the belt right there. Writing about beer is a challenge, I’m telling you. Writing about beer when part of the job means talking to people who make beer about beer while you’re drinking beer. Movie festivals, music festivals; they’re a cinch. You drink as part of the festivities. Drinking itself …
I’ll keep this short: I went to the Vermont Brewers Festival with my wife and brother in law in tow, and we all got pretty darn well sloshed drinking a whole lot of really good beers (plus a couple that weren’t so good, but we don’t like to talk about those). And then I wrote …