The State of Craft Beer

Earlier this month, there was a bit of a tempest in a tankard when beer writer Andy Crouch profiled Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch and how the craft beer industry he helped launch has now left him behind. The…

The Mountain Pass

San Luis Valley Brewing

San Luis Valley Brewing Co. 631 Main St. Alamosa, CO 81101 New Mexico Councilmember #1: “Man, truckloads of Texans are cutting through our Northeast corner to get to Colorado on 87 from Amarillo.” New Mexico Councilmember #2: “You know that thing…

Hunter Gatherer – Columbia

Brewpubs are a special breed, and can often be hard to manage profitably or with any sort of notoriety thanks to restrictive beer laws in many parts of the country. Despite that, the Hunter-Gatherer has become one of Columbia’s most…

Summer Fest

As the days have grown shorter and the weather colder, thoughts drift back to the heady days of summer. Austin’s Jester King brewery ties their beers closely to the seasons, focusing as they do on farmhouse-style and wild ales. After…

Pumpkinpalooza

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George Washington Carver is well-known to history for coming up with about 100 products made from peanuts, and even more food recipes. I feel like he had to have had some sort of pumpkin-whisperer counterpart because, come October, the gamboge gourds…

Say her name!

Gourdyn Martell

Gourdyn Martell

So, people try to get clever with their pumpkins this time of year, and you inevitably see that one where the jack o’lantern is puking his own seeds and innards out. I started thinking of what other type of pumpkin carving might utilize the guts, and I had a flashback to the season 4 showdown between the Red Viper of Dorne and the Mountain that Rides on Game of Thrones. Tyrion’s story about his cousin Orson smashing beetles immediately evoked thoughts of series author George R.R. Martin, wantonly killing off everyone’s favorite characters on a whim.

Enter the Red Viper of Dorne, Oberyn Martell. Progressive, hedonistic, moral. And just when you think, finally, I’ll be rewarded for empathizing and cheering on a character – the Mountain quite literally squashes your dreams.

Happy Halloween.


Swamp Cabbage

Swamp Cabbage

921 Brookwood Dr, Columbia SC After the trek from campus down to the stadium and a flight at Conquest Brewing, we were less than keen to hike to the other side of the stadium to visit River Rat Brewing, the next…

Conquest Brewing

947 S Stadium Road, Bay 1, Columbia, SC The suggestions of “Stand By Me” were unmistakable. The abandoned and rusting metal structures, the wizened oaks and coastal boxelders, the chunks of coal strewn about among the ballast lining the railroad…

Flood Distribution

The streets of early 19th century London must have been quiet. No automobiles motoring by or lorries rumbling, no pedestrians chatting on cellphones or televisions blaring advertisements in shop windows. Citizens would have been traipsing home from work or heading…