Monthly Archives: September 2015

Back from GABF

NAGBWawardSo this turned out to be one of the better Great American Beer Festivals for me personally. I won 1st place in the Beer & Food AABlogo copycategory in the 2015 North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) awards for my article, “Feeding Frenzy,” in All About Beer Magazine. It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized, especially in the company of so many highly accomplished fellow winners. I don’t usually win stuff, so this pretty much made my year.

Read the article that won here.

Drinkable Week: ABInBev rides the Golden Road & a bit of whiskey news

Another local docks with the global mothership, an Upstate New York bourbon comes of age and a very merry PDX-mas …All on the latest edition of the drinkable week.GoldenRoad copy 2

• Another week, another craft beer acquisition. Anheuser-Busch InBev announced that it is acquiring L.A. brewery Golden Road, founded by Meg Gill and bar owner Tony Yanow. In just four years, Golden Road managed to establish itself as the hometown brewery in a city that was a little late to the craft party.

4grain copy• Rochester New York’s Black Button Distilling is launching its eagerly awaited Four Grain Bourbon. And what are those four grains? 60 percent corn, 20 percent wheat, 9 percent rye and 11 percent barley. And it’s all grown in upstate new york. Though Black Button has been known for its gin, vodka and moonshine, the more time-intensive bourbon is what made founder Jason Barrett open Black Button to begin with.

• Tickets are now on sale for the 20th annual Holiday Ale Festival in that beeriest of winter wonderlands, Portland, Oregon. The event is scheduled for December second through the sixth and it’s being staged holidayalein the heart of downtown Portland. That’s right it’s outdoors in one of Portland’s coldest months, but fear not. Huge clear-topped tents cover the venue and there are plenty of heaters to battle the chill. And if that doesn’t work, some 14,000 attend the fest over the course of the five days, so there will be plenty of body heat. The festival will include more than 50 ales that bookcover copyhave either been crafted especially for the event or are rare, boozy vintages. You can buy your tickets at

And you know what’s going to make the perfect holiday gift? My book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously, now available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes and Turner Publishing is releasing it on November 24, just as the season officially kicks off.

Drinkable Week: AB InBev/SABMiller courtship, space whiskey glass, Deschutes/Harpoon collaboration

A merger that just might break the world, a glass for the final frontier and an East Coast-West Coast collaboration. All on the latest edition of the Drinkable Week.

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The Year of Drinking Adventurously on (Internet) radio Monday 9/21 at 12pm ET

Hey, on Monday, Sept. 21, I’ll be live on the internet radio show The Hospitality Industry News Network with Steven Nicolle on Voiceamerica, talking about my upcoming book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously (Turner Publishing). It all starts at 12 pm ET/11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT. Come listen as I officially kick off the book tour.

Here’s the link to follow:
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Drinkable Week 9/13/15: Heineken, Lagunitas, Stranahan’s whiskey and Martell Cognac

Lagunitas goes Dutch, Stranahan’s gives us a diamond and House Martell celebrates a big birthday…all on the latest edition of the drinkable week.

bookcover copy• Heineken broke the internet this week when the Dutch corporation announced it had purchased a 50 percent stake in Lagunitas Brewing Company.

• Stranahan’s Colorado whiskey announced the nationwide launch of Stranahan’s Diamond Peak a single malt whiskey combining the contents of of Master Distiller Rob Dietrich’s favorite barrels.

• More than 3,200 guests gathered recently at the Chateau de Chanteloup in Cognac, France for the 300th birthday celebration of Cognac House Martell.

You discover more about Cognac, craft beer, whiskey and many other beverages in my upcoming book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously. Turner Publishing is releasing the book on Nov. 24, but you can preorder it now at amazon, Barnes & Noble and just about anywhere else books are sold.

The Drinkable Week: Walking Dead beer, Ketel One vodka & 75-year-old Scotch whisky

Some walking corpses, 325-year-old spirits and what happens when you’re trapped in a barrel for three quarters of a century…all on the latest episode of the Drinkable Week.

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