Stave Church

I’d be lying if I said the prospect of visiting Crooked Stave didn’t make the decision to stay an extra night in Denver easier. We still had the long drive back to Texas ahead of us, but never do today…

Cerveza Artesanal

Craft Beer in Mexico I had long been teased with the prospect of craft beer in Mexico by the likes of advertisements from Bohemia touting a Chocolate Stout. Nobody would accuse Bohemia of being craft, produced as it is by Cervecería…

BeerTemple

Amsterdam, Netherlands Once our friendly guide at In de Wildeman had laid out a map of all the places we should visit, the next stop was the BeerTemple. When traveling, I always like to get into the native trenches as…

Hard to Swallow

In an abrupt change of tack, Brock Wagner and the brew team at Saint Arnold report that they have decided to discontinue their popular Bishop’s Barrel series. Saint Arnold has been a mainstay of the craft beer industry in Texas,…

Tommyknocker – Idaho Springs

After spending Christmas week skiing in and around Frisco, we decided to stay an extra night in Denver before undertaking the long drive back to Texas. Luckily, about halfway between the two, and just in time for lunch, sits the…

Pocketful of Rye

The history of rye beers goes back centuries, to Germany, where roggenbiers were brewed with up to 50 or 60% rye in the grist, the rest consisting of barley. A few bad harvests led in part to the Reinheitsgebot, or German purity…

Legal Sleaze

With each new legislative session, representatives introduce bills for consideration which then move from the House to the Senate and ultimately to the Governor’s (or, federally, the President’s) desk. In Texas, groups like Open the Taps are doing the Lord’s…

Póg Mo Thóin

Through a sort of beer-soaked metonymy, Guinness has come to stand for Ireland as a whole, certainly for its brewing history, and especially on St. Patrick’s Day, one of those cultural peculiarities that America is so good at appropriating. It…

Breckenfridge

It always seems to be a few degrees colder in Breckenridge. We drove over from Frisco for coffee and hot chocolate; the historic town is beautiful, with a Main St. that’s actually the main street, and the myriad Christmas lights…