Thirty years ago, the idea of drinking a beer from Belgium in the United States was as foreign a concept as a full-flavored beer brewed by monks with centuries of history behind it. Today, we find fine ales from all corners of the world at our local bottle shop and in some cases, even our grocery stores. Many just take it for granted that these beers make it to our glass, but there’s a lot of hard work and dedication behind getting Belgian beers to America. This is a story of one man and his commitment to bringing good beer to the American consumer at a good price. Continue reading Hop Press: A Portrait of a Beer Importer
It seems that I’m starting to get a bit of a reputation amongst my friends for being the cheese guy. Well, not just cheese, but when there is beer, I tend to bring cheese. What can I say? Cheese goes great with beer, especially when it’s good cheese. For this week on the Hop Press, I wanted to focus on one cheesemaker in particular: Cypress Grove Chevre. Continue reading Hop Press – Beer and Cheese: Cypress Grove Chevre
A little more than a week ago, fellow Hop Press writer Mark Dredge wrote about the plight of the English pub. As an American, I have a different perspective when it comes to pubs. “The pub” isn’t the same thing here in the United States, but I think there is some parallel. Continue reading Hop Press: How’s Your Pub Doing?
It was a wild week for me, so I apologize for the delay in rounding up The Session posts. Basically, between hosting The Session, planning a campsite at Boonville Beer Festival, and finding out that my wife and I will be having another baby, it’s been a busy weekend. This month, the topic was collaborations, so let’s see what everyone got together to do. Continue reading Hop Press: The Session #39 Roundup
Continuing the discussion Peter and I started with last week’s Hopinions, Brian Hunt of Moonlight brewing had something to contribute. Rather than toss it into the comment section, I felt it was worth a little more attention. Head over to the Hop Press to see what Brian had to say. Continue reading Hop Press: So You Think You have Style
As craft beer drinkers, we tend to like to drink local. What’s better than sitting down in a brew pub to have beer brewed fresh on premise? If not at a brewpub, check the local scene and see what’s going on. There may be local breweries on tap that you couldn’t find anywhere. This is a great idea most of the time. One exception is if you find yourself in Monterey, CA. Continue reading Hop Press: When Drinking Local Fails You
Every month I like to participate in The Session, a monthly unified blogging topic where one host picks the topic and the rest of us write about it. At the end of this massive day of writing, the host then recaps the whole thing. For May, none other than yours truly will be hosting the event. No, Brewed For Thought won’t be the one doing the hosting. Instead it will be over at the Hop press where the topic of Collaborations seems a bit more fitting. Continue reading Announcing the Session #39: Collaborations
Wine country is known for being the home to many great breweries. Sonoma County is known for Russian River, Bear Republic and Lagunitas among others while Napa County is home to one of the father’s of California craft brewing, Don Barkley. Hidden along the Napa River in the town of Calistoga is an another example of fine craft brewing taking place among the vineyards at Calistoga Inn. Continue reading Hop Press: Callistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery