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July Writing: The Round-up

Photo credit: Brooklyn Magazine

Photo credit: Brooklyn Magazine

Fine readers!

Hope everyone is doing well. Over the last few months, I have written words. So many words! So very many words, which I have turned into paychecks that in turn are used to afford life essentials, such as rent, diapers for my daughter and beer. Beer! That’s why you’re here. To read stories about beer. And I will not disappoint. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been up to, story-wise. P.S. Let me know if any of these tales tickle your fancy.

Imbibe, “Back to the Land”: Farmers, brewers and farmer-brewers are growing a new crop of truly local beers.

Draft, “The Power of One”: In a harried world packed with pairing suggestions, what’s the best multipurpose beer?

Draft, “Riding the (R)ales”: The train’s your ticket to unforgettable beer adventures.

Men’s Journal, “The 10 Best Shandy and Radler Beers”: Don’t get stuck drinking subpar citrus-infused beer.

Men’s Journal, “America’s Most Patriotic Craft Beers”: DRINK UP FREEDOM!

Wine Enthusiast, “Beat the Heat Beers”: You’ll want to sip these all summer long.

Wine Enthusiast, “Meet Your Favorite Warm-Weather Beer”: Hello, kölsch!

Wine Enthusiast, “Is the IPA Trend Losing Steam?”: Short answer: no. Long answer: read ahead.

Brooklyn Magazine, “A Guide to Summer Drinking in Brooklyn”: How, where and what to sip in my home borough. P.S. I did plenty of research.

Realtor.com, “Love Beer? Of Course You Do. Now It’s Time to Put a Kegerator in Your Kitchen”: Well, that’s a pretty explanatory title.

Eater, “Beer Review: Firestone Walker Pivo Pils Is Pure, Cold Comfort”: Did you know that I write a monthly review column for Eater? Now you do!

Eater, “Beer Review: Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin Is a Beer All IPA Fans Should Try”:

Eater, “Beer Review: 21st Amendment’s Down to Earth is an Easy-Drinking Modern IPA” 

Eater, “Beer Review: Hopworks’ Totally Radler is the Perfect Low-Alcohol Summer Brew” 

Boston, “Bubbling Up”: My essay on how the Northeast got its brewing mojo back.

Take Part, “Malthouse Rising”: It’s the rise of truly local beer. 

Van Winkle’s, “Just 10,000 Miles to Mongolia”: Spoiler alert: It’s no fun to sleep next to a night-screamer,

Bon Appétit, “March Is a Tricky Time to Drink Beer, so Drink Bière de Mars”: The French farmhouse ale is just the ticket to that time of year.

Bon Appétit, “Better Together: Why Brewers Are Collaborating to Make New Beers”: The answer: creativity.

Bon Appétit, “The Beer for People Who Don’t Think They Like Craft Beer”: It’s time you tried a Munich helles.

Bon Appétit, “Craft Beer Trends to Look Out for in 2015”: Hello, German hops.

Bon Appétit, “For an Extra Caffeine Fix, Try Beer With Coffee”: Uppers and downers, united in the same glass.

Bon Appétit, “Breweries Are the Hot New Spot for Restaurant Pop-Ups”: Some of the best food is now found in breweries.

Bon Appétit, “Breweries Look Beyond the Beer and to… Murals?!”: For artists, brewery walls are the best new canvases for artists.

Bon Appétit, “Pound the Pavement and Some Brews: The Intersection of Running and Beer”: How else are you going to stay in shape?

Announcing: Solstice Session at the Arrogant Swine, Take Two

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Last summer, one of my favorite events was a killer pig roast that I helped run at Bushwick’s premier North Carolina-style BBQ joint, Arrogant Swine. Think: 25-plus low-alcohol beers, ciders and meads, combined with more pig than you could ever hope to devour. It was an epic afternoon, so epic that we’ve decided to repeat the event next month. This will likely be my last beer event till the fall, so get in while the getting is good.

Event: Solstice Session at the Arrogant Swine, Take Two
Where: 173 Morgan Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn
When: Saturday, June 20, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $45.
Ticket link: Here.

Tyson Ho likes swine. Joshua M. Bernstein and Chris Cuzme? They like beer. Today, Pitmaster Ho will slow-roast the finest heritage pig and serve mountains of pulled-pork sandwiches. (Don’t worry: veggies will have food too.) To drink, Cuzme and Bernstein have assembled a line-up of the city’s best session beer, cider and mead–that is, low alcohol but not low in flavor. And perfect for drinking all afternoon.

We’ve enlisted 10 of the city’s best homebrewers to make session beers, then we’ve tabbed NYC’s best and brightest breweries to craft low-alcohol beauties too. That means you’ll be drinking the likes of Transmitter, Finback, Threes,Greenpoint Beer and Ale, Folksbier, SingleCut, Bridge and Tunnel and Big Alice, as well as the brand-new LIC Beer Project. There will be 25 unique, rarely tasted session brews on offer, from oat-driven grisettes to tart sours, refreshing goses, session IPAs and everything under the low-alcohol sun. (And yes, you’ll be able to drink all you want.)

You’ll savor the beverages in more than 3,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor industrial paradise, with picnic tables and plenty of large-scale Jenga. Better still: June 20 is the Summer Solstice, meaning that today is the first, and longest, day of summer. Once again, there’s no better way to kick off the summer.

March Writing Round-up

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Fine readers!

What a last month. New York City Beer Week came and went, kicking my butt with so, so much beer. I ran two events (Jimmy’s Homberew Jamboree and Winter’s Grind), wrote numerous stories and still found time to be a good dad to Violet. She’s getting so big, so soon. But anyway, you don’t want to see me get all weepy, shedding tears in my beer. You want to read about beer! Beer! Beer! Here are some of the stories I’ve knocked out over the last six weeks. Happy reading.

Maxim, “How the Pickleback Became the People’s Shot”: Pickle juice + whiskey = awesome.

Maxim, “French Brandy’s Big Break”: Why you should give Cognac a second chance.

First We Feast, “Beer With Baby: Bissell Brothers The Substance”:
A teething toddler is a terrific excuse to drink a hop bomb. P.S. This is my last Beer With Baby column with First We Feast. Who wants to run the column? Hmm!

Bon Appétit, “Why Breweries Are Focusing on Single-Hop Beer”: The power of one is a delicious, delicious thing.

Bon Appétit, “Why Successful Breweries Keep Launching Spin-offs”: The answer: brand expansion as an act of creative freedom.

Wine Enthusiast, “History of Hops in Beer”: A pinpoint primer for the wine-sipping set.

Culture, “Hey, Porter”: Dark, complex, and once beloved around the world, porter is a winter-friendly dark brew that is poised for a comeback

Culture, “In the Wash in the Crown Finish CavesThe scoop on my beer-and-cheese event 30 feet underground, in an ancient Brooklyn lagering cave.

Tickets on Sale: Winter’s Grind at the Arrogant Swine

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For my second, and final, event of New York City Beer Week, I’ve cooked up a doozy with Chris Cuzme. Once again, we’re taking over Bushwick’s BBQ-driven Arrogant Swine for an event featuring New York City’s best professional and soon-to-be-pro brewers—none repeated from Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree—and loads of wildly inventive sausages. The delicious details…

What: Winter’s Grind at the Arrogant Swine
When: Saturday, February 28, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Where: The Arrogant Swine (173 Morgan Ave.), Bushwick, Brooklyn
Tickets: $40 until February 9. $45 afterward. Buy them here. They go on sale today (January 15) at 12 p.m.

Tyson Ho and his fellow chef friends (names to be released soon) will be hand-cranking eight different all-you-can-eat sausages such as oak-smoked bratwurst, northern-Thai turkey and chicken tikki masala. (Don’t worry: vegetarians will be fed too.)

To drink, I’ve worked with Cuzme to hand-select nine of the city’s top homebrewers to make dark and delightful beers. Moreover, we’ve tabbed 14 of NYC’s best and newest breweries to supply drinkers with the finest February-friendly beers. That means you’ll be drinking Other Half, Greenpoint Beer and Ale, Secret Engine, Keg & Lantern, Threes Brewing, Bridge and Tunnel, Rockaway, Gun Hill and so many more. More than 20 unique, rarely tasted brews will be poured, from cedar tip-infused lagers to double IPAs, coffee cream ales, imperial rye ales and everything in between.

Winter’s chill won’t stand a chance.

P.S. That’s also because we’ll have heat lamps galore, making this an indoor-outdoor event. Ever wanted to play lawn-size Jenga while eating sausage and drinking a double IPA? Now’s your chance.

January Writing: The Round-up

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Fine readers!

Another year has passed by, which is both awesome and terrifying. I’ve written thousands of words, helped raise our wee daughter from an infant to a toddler and crisscrossed the country on travel. I drank more beer than a man should drink in a year (thanks for the reminder, doc), suffered my fair share of hangovers and made many, many new friends. Beer people, y’all are good people. Anyhoo! Onward to 2015. But first, a look back at my final stories of 2014.

First We Feast, “Beer With Baby: Prost Keller Pils and Denver Beer Co.’s Incredible Pedal IPA”: Getting drunk in Denver with my daughter was a terrible idea.

First We Feast, “Beer With Baby: Deschutes Hop Trip”: Wet-hop beers are a lot like parenting.

First We Feast, “Beer With Baby: Sierra Nevada Wild Hop IPA: When your daughter is the Tasmanian Devil, you want to drink something wild. And strong.

Men’s Journal, “The Year in Beer, Wine, and Liquor”: The top trends and stories of 2014.

Men’s Journal, “Become a Craft Brewery Benefactor, Drink Better BeerHow crowdfunding is changing the beer landscape.

Men’s Journal, “The Eight Best Session Beers (Under 4 Percent Alcohol): How low can brewers go without sacrificing flavor?

Bon Appétit, “How Breweries Are Using Salt to Make Better Beer”: A little sprinkle is all you need.

Bon Appétit, “The State of the Beer Union: Why 2014 Was Such a Big Year for Brew”: Well, that title is pretty explanatory.

Bon Appétit, “Why You Should Be Drinking Peanut Butter Beer”: Darn Skippy.

Imbibe, “Going Grape”: Brewers are borrowing from wine’s playbook to create deliciously novel beers.

New York, “17 Local Beers That You Should Be Drinking”: The best and the brightest of New York City’s burgeoning beer scene.  

Departures, “Please Don’t Wine: Beer Pairings for Thanksgiving”: Saisons slay rich gravy.

Draft, “Counter Culture: The Weird Science of Jeff Mello”: Meet the man looking to collect yeast from every zip code in America.

October Writing Round-up

Drunken Vagrant_WriterOctober already, eh? These days are certainly disappearing in a beer-soaked whirlwind of hops, changing my daughter’s diapers and travel. So much travel! From Maine to Colorado, the last month has been crazy pants. Compound that with a cold, a case of food poisoning and walking Sammy Bernstein, and it’s been a busy slate. Through it all, I’ve been clacking out stories. Here’s a sampling of my latest stories. Happy reading. And drinking, too.

First We Feast, “Two Roads Lil’ Heaven”: Yup, I’m drinking session beers with my daughter.

Men’s Journal, “(Highly) Experimental Beer Styles Worth Trying”: At Denver’s Great American Beer Festival, there’s no shortage of odd beers.

Bon Appétit, “Why You Need to Drink Wet-Hopped Beers Right Now”: Beer today, gone tomorrow—my take on fall’s most ephemeral beer style.

 Bon Appétit, “How Much Is Too Much? More on America’s Surfeit of Craft Beer”: IPAs have become our country’s finest export.

Bon Appétit, “Surviving the Great American Beer Fest: Hoppy IPAs to Candy-Bar Beers”: Wandering around the GABF gives you a good chance to see which way America’s hoppy winds are blowing.

Details.com, “Color Correction: The Fall’s Beers Are Red, Not Brown”: Brown ales? Old news. This fall, it’s time to drink red IPAs.

Beer Connoisseur, “For the Love of Gourd”: Pumpkin beers have broken free from their seasonal shackles, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Wine Enthusiast, “A Grown-Up’s Guide to Oktoberfest”: You don’t have to get blindingly drunk to have a blast at Oktoberfest.

 

August Articles: The Update

It’s time you had a beer. Willie approves. 

Howdy, friends. Summer has been a tilt-a-whirl of travel, from staying at a girls’ camp outside Portland, Maine, to riding on Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp bus in California, camping in Cooperstown, spending a week on Fire Island and, well, sleeping in a shack in Richmond, Virginia. Through all the travel, I’ve been writing like crazy. Seriously, I can’t remember a summer when I’ve penned so many stories.

That might explain why I really, really need a break. This Labor Day weekend, I’m looking forward to spending the majority of my time pants-less, drinking beer—which isn’t really so different from my day-to-day life, you know. Pants stifle creativity! Or maybe I’m just lazy. Which could also be the case.

Anyhoo! Without further ado, here are the highlights from my last few months of stories. Read away!

First We Feast, “Beer With Baby: Evil Twin Nomader Weisse”: Yup, I’m getting drunk with my daughter.

First We Feast, “Beer With Baby: Victory Summer Love”: Still getting drunk with my daughter.

First We Feast, “Beer With Baby: Modern Times Blazing World”: Man, how drunk can I get with my daughter?

Bon Appétit, “10 Great Beer Lover’s Hotels Across America, from Vermont to California”Drinking beer and passing out has never been simpler.

 Bon Appétit, “How (Good) American Beers Are (Finally) Conquering Europe”: IPAs have become our country’s finest export.

 Bon Appétit, “You Should Be Drinking These Belgian-Style Beers Right Now”: I also include a gose and a Berliner weisse. But still: start drinking.

Draft, “Metal Head: The Tale of Woody Chandler”: Pennsylvania’s Woody Chandler is on a quest to drink canned beer. All of them.

Wine Enthusiast, “America’s Five Best Beer Cities”: Want to get people riled up? Make a list. And don’t include their city.

Men’s Journal, “Sierra Nevada Beer Camp”: I rode on the bus. And drank so, so much beer.

Imbibe, “What Does Craft Really Mean”: My cover story tackles the thorny question: What does craft beer really mean these days?