Will It Grow? Part 1: In To The Ground, My Sweet

So one of the advantages of no longer being in the office (and there aren’t TOO many, but that’s for my non-existent therapist, not you) is that I have time for some personal projects in between errands and freelance work. One personal project is my garden. I have a raised bed in the backyard which…

The Thirsty Wench’s St. Patrick’s Day Survival Guide

It’s that time of year again where people see a lot of green stuff and guides for a good St. Patrick’s Day are being released by bars, breweries and newsfolk alike. So I thought I’d throw my hat in to the ring and give you my own St. Patrick’s Day Survival Guide. Stock up on…

Small Lessons Making a Big Difference

So I’m going to tell you folks a little story. You sitting down? What about you in the back? Okay? Good. Here it goes. So back in 2011 when I was still trying to get this blog going and was still at the very start of the grand journey of learning about beer, I went…

Homebrewing, Winter Beer Fest, and BlogTO

Okay, so the day job and a slight case of the Cambodian Swamp Virus put a damper on any writing time I had the past week or so. So let’s play a bit of catch-up because quite a bit has been going on. 1. I’ve been homebrewing! Although I have dabbled with varying levels of…

Can the Can: On Canned Craft Beers

I’m sorry if the title of the post was somewhat confusing, but you only get to make one or two Suzi Quatro references in your lifetime and so help me, I chose to go with it. Canned beer has kind of a negative stigma with a lot of people. A common negative image, at least…

Lock it in the Basement: Aging Beers

Aging: It’s not just for wines, whiskeys and people who aren’t me. So I’ve decided to take the next step in my beer appreciation learnings and start doing what I’ve wanted to do ever since I tried some beer that had undergone this process. I’m going to start aging beer. I think my first instance in…

Chicago: One Hell of a Town

I have returned alive and well from the Windy City! C2E2 was a blast, seeing friends from both Chicago and all over the country was a thrill and walking all over that city was just perfect. But you’re reading a beer blog. You don’t want to hear about a comic convention and walking around Lincoln…

My First Beer Pairing Dinner

So March 25th marked a really interesting moment in my beer learning adventures. For the first time in my life I attended a beer pairing dinner. The dinner, put on by Mirella Amato’s Barley’s Angels, a group dedicated to educating women about the wonderful world of beer and hosted by Guy McClelland of McClelland Premium…

Japanese Beer Is Sauceome

In a land where the only Japanese beer that is commonly known is Sapporo, its nice to know that the Japanese are amazing at the darker beers and really are growing. Sarah Becan, creator of one of my favorite webcomics I Think You’re Sauceome, recently made a trip to Tokyo and documented some of the…

The Wonders of “Mug Clubs”

I really got a kick out of hearing about this.  Reader Mike Townsend just graduated to a dead author “mug club” at Bukowski’s Tavern in Boston.  The Challenge? Drink 136 beers in 180 days.  You have to pay for the drinks yourself and the beers you drink will be marked down on a card.  At…