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GABF 2016: Germany and Bohemia By Way of Denver

And, we’re back! Took a bit of an extended hiatus from the videos while I was finishing up my third book, titled “The Drinkable Globe” (I know, how original). The book, from Turner Publishing, is scheduled to drop September 2017.

I’ve also changed the name of the video series from The Drinkable Week to The Drinkable Globe. You know, branding and all—also because I’ve shifted the format from weekly talking-head reports to travel-related vignettes.

In this edition, I hunt down only classic German and Czech-style brews at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

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.

Top 5 Things That Will Make Me Smack You at GABF

The Great American Beer Festival is once again upon us and if you’re heading to Denver this week to join in the revelry (as I am) and you don’t want me to beat you up on sight, these are the behaviors from which you should refrain:new gabf

5. Applauding when a glass is dropped. Seriously, how old are you?

4. Wearing a Utili-kilt: If you’re actually Scottish, you get a pass, but if I see you, I will make you confirm it with A. a believable accent and B. by making disparaging comments about the English in said accent.

3. Spending two hours in line waiting for Pliny the Elder/Younger when you could be sampling at least 10 other beers of equal quality (though with less hype): No disrespect to Russian River; Pliny’s an incredibly good beer. But is it worth spending half the session waiting for it? Read the rest of this entry