Oktoberfest is the Best Fest

Misc Musings

I’m not German. At least, I don’t think. I mean, I have yet to check out my results on Ancestry.com. Will I find out my whole life has been a lie? Who am I? Before I have an existential crisis, let’s just say when it comes to my beer-drinking, I feel German, because there’s no seasonal brew on earth better than the Oktoberfest Lager. It’s really called a Märzen, which is German for March,...

Quick & Dirty Craft Beer News

Beer News

The weirdness not to be missed at this year’s GABF: The Southern Illinois experimental gurus at Scratch Brewing have established a tradition of bringing new creative and innovative styles of beer to GABF each year. This year their theme is foraging and they’ve brewed 5 new Farmhouse Ales that could be better categorized as Treehouse (if that name wasn’t already taken by another brewery) because they brewed them with leaves, roots, seeds, sticks, bark, herbs, berries, and...

Does Canada Even Brew Good Beer?

Beer News

When people think Canadian beer, they think... what do they think? Canadian beer for the most part has a reputation for being safe, brewing traditional styles like Lagers and Pale Ales with traditional beer names like Lager and Pale Ale. Boring. Basically Canada has a beer reputation for not really having much of a beer reputation at all. Flash-forward to September 2017 at the Great Canadian Beer Festival aka GCBF -- the Canadian brewers representing at this years fest completely...

My Favorite Beer Bar in Seattle

Misc Musings

Seattle has a lot of good bars. Scratch that -- a lot of great bars. We’re at the head of the cocktail scene and the top of the beer game, and it shows in our local watering holes. But my favorite Seattle drinking spot is a small, triangular old beer bar called The Stumbling Monk. When I was in college and knew absolutely nothing about beer, I stumbled on this quiet bar. I was intimidated by the beer styles...


Misc Musings

We know beer is an art form. But in the wild world of contemporary art, it’s rare to see a beer next to all the video pieces and installations. One artist, however, turned to our favorite alcoholic beverage to make a political and artistic statement this year. Emeka Ogboh, a Nigerian multidisciplinary artist who mostly works in sound, took direct aim at the German purity laws regarding beer that mandate beer be brewed exclusively with hops, malts, and water....

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