Craft Beer Articles, Interviews and Features

And on the 63rd Day, I Quit


Okay.  Let me start by saying that quitting is my least favorite word.  Some might call me a goal-oriented individual (like my resume for instance).  Others might use the term stubborn.  And maybe that is true, but I don’t often quit things that I begin.  However, there are times when I need to look at the bigger picture and make a good choice.

My job is pure stress these days.  I’m not happy with where I’m at.  We have a levy up on the ballot that hopefully is going to pass.  However,  I am going to lose at least 5 teachers,…

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Jackie O’s Dynamo Hum – Day 25

dynamo hum

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, but knew I would need a day where I had a decent amount of time for research.  If you just want to read the review, you will need to scroll for a while.  Sorry about that.  Today, I want to talk about beer names.  I love when beer names are puns.  Often I make Steve buy me beer just because I giggle when I read the title.  I don’t even necessarily care what kind of beer it is or what the reviews say.  The name makes me laugh, so I…

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Alpine Beer Company

Alpine logo

If you are ever in San Diego, you absolutely need to make the 40 minute drive out to Alpine, California.  I am even going to be so bold as to say if you are in Los Angeles, it is well worth the 2 hour and 45 minute drive to experience the Alpine Beer Company in all its glory.

My husband and I spent the beginning of June on a brewery tour of the Los Angeles/San Diego area.  Steve’s itinerary (he is an engineer, after all) had us visiting 7 different breweries, including some big names like the Bruery, Firestone Walker,…

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Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival

FWIBF invitation

My husband, Steve, is a huge Firestone Walker beer fan.  They are definitely his desert island brewery and his desert island beers (Double Jack and Parabola). So, one morning in March, he rolled over at 3:00AM to tell me he would be right back.  After inquiring as to where he could possibly be going that early in the morning, he replied that he was going to get tickets for the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival (hereafter referred to as FWIBF) that went on sale at midnight.  I, of course, rolled back over and went back to sleep.…

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5 Reasons I Heart Untappd


Untappd may be one of the best apps around if you are a craft beer connoisseur.  Basically Untappd is a social media site for craft beer drinkers to log the beers they drink, create wishlists, rate beers, and see what friends are drinking.  Here are the top 5 reasons why I love Untappd.

1. Beer tracking – I am terrible at remembering things that I drink or eat.  And the more I drink, the less I seem to remember.  Funny how that works, isn’t it?  Untappd helps me through this.  Every time I drink a beer, I check it in.  I can track…

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Interview with Jason Presser – Lizardville Beer Store and Whiskey Bar


Beer History

Jason’s mother always told him, “Find something you like and make a career out of it,” and that’s just what he did as the Manager of the Lizardville Beer and Whiskey Store, currently located in Bedford Heights.

Jason has spent most of his career working in the restaurant industry.  His job at Shula Steak 2 in Independence helped him enter the world of craft beer.  After work, Jason would head to the Independence Winking Lizard and grab a beer at the bar.  After drinking countless Abita Purple Hazes, one of the bartenders approached Jason about joining the Tour.  Anyone who…

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Interview with Bill Barak – Rozi’s Wine House

Beer History

Bill’s first foray into craft beer came as a result of a seemingly unfortunate event.  After being laid off from Ford in 2008, when many plants were laying off employees and shutting down, Bill took seasonal work at Rozi’s helping out during the Christmas gift basket rush.  After Christmas, the manager, Corey Rossen, offered Bill a more permanent position.

While Bill had bartended prior to working at Rozi’s, his knowledge of craft beer was slim to none.  The bar he had worked at served only domestics, like Budweiser, Miller, and Coors.  Corey needed to fix that…

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The (Potential for) Idiocy at Beer Releases


What were you doing on March 10, 2012? I was one of about 750 people standing in line outside of Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on a balmy 28 degree morning waiting to hopefully score some KBS. KBS is currently the 11th most popular beer in the world, as rated by Beer Advocate.

Let me set the scene of the day, in case you’ve never had the sheer glory of attending a beer release or standing in line prior to a beer festival. The release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout is an event each year. The brewery releases KBS…

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Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) Brewery Release

Founders CBS Imperial Stout Label

Picture Black Friday. Now picture it again with 850 adults, mostly men, who have been drinking since the night before and are still drinking as they wait outside of a building on a brisk 37 degree morning. And unlike Black Friday, you can’t go to any other location for this particular item.

What am I talking about, you ask? I am describing a beer release when the brewers only choose to bottle a small quantity of a very rare beer.

I initially thought my husband was joking when he informed me that we would be heading to Grand Rapids and…

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Pumpkin Beer Taste Challenge

The Pumpkin Tasting Lineup

There are about as many pumpkin beers as there are breweries.  It seems that every year more and more breweries feature a pumpkin beer.  There is no better drink on a crisp autumn day than sitting down with one of these brews.  The problem becomes deciding which one to drink.  Most of these beers are smooth in nature.  There is usually no hop bite because the flavor is dominated with pumpkin and spices.  That is why the IBUs are not listed for most of these beers.  It simply means there is a small, almost nonexistent amount of hoppy bitterness.


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