By Land & By Sea … and by Costco — Coronado/Bear Republic MerBear Rye IPA

Remember how, not so long so, I mentioned how I wasn’t going to do tasting notes anymore? First, a quick word about tasting notes. To be honest, I don’t really do them anymore. For all the beer I’ve had over the years, my palate just isn’t sophisticated enough. Other than vague generalities (balanced! smooth! malt …

Beer. There. Everywhere.

In the Bay Area, trying to keep up with the plethora of great beer spots opening seemingly on a daily basis is surely madness. But why should I let that stop me? Drake’s Dealership, Oakland Oakland may be ground zero with cool new beer spots.  Let’s see … Beer Revolution, The Good Hop, Hog’s Apothecary, …

SF Beer Week 2016: Firkin IPAs, Packed in a Barrel, & My Last Meal

Before this year’s Beer Week gets too far in the rear-view mirror (i.e.: I forget what I did), here’s a brief rundown of the events I attended. First, a quick word about tasting notes. To be honest, I don’t really do them anymore. For all the beer I’ve had over the years, my palate just …

The Beerverse 3.0 (or whatever it is now…)

Hey. You might notice things look a little different around here.  Let me explain. One the (many) things that have kept me from posting more regularly is, and I realize this is stupid, I’ve never really liked to look of this site. In a previous life I was a graphic designer, and I chose a …

Beerversity: And so it Gose…

As everywhere in the fickle world of popular taste, beer styles come and go. Today’s IPA is yesterday’s Pale Ale, tomorrow’s Saison might be today’s IPA, etc., etc. One of the once-lost styles that seems to have made a comeback in the last year or so is Gose. So what’s a Gose? And how do …

Masters of the Beerverse: Fal Allen

Admit it, you thought this day would never come.  Truth told, neither did I. Presenting our first Master of the Beerverse: Fal Allen, Brewmaster at Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Boonville, CA Fal grew up in Hilo, Hawaii, and left the Islands to attend college in Oregon, where he first encountered Northwest craft beers.  After graduation and …

Back to Beerversity.

It’s a new year (well, new-ish).  I’m not much on resolutions, which is a cop-out way of admitting I never stick to them. Still, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, The Beerverse has been dark for a while.  Now, I could hand you a lot of excuses, but they’d be lies. I’ve just been lame. For …

The Road to Perdition. And Other Places.

Along with the boom in local breweries comes a boom in cool places that serve them.  Here’s a few I’ve checked out recently. Perdition Smokehouse, Berkeley When you’re Mike O’Brien and Chuck Stilphen and you already run The Trappist in Oakland and Mikkeller in San Francisco, you’ve set the bar pretty high. Fortunately, they deliver. I …

Beer Camp ’14 Update: Yonder Bock & Chico King

Slowly sipping my way through the Beer Camps.  Here’s a couple more. Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock w/Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL After establishing his beer creed with a column in the St. Petersburg Times, Joe Radner realized his dream of owning his own brewery in 2009 with the opening of Cigar City Brewing in Tampa. He quickly …

The French Laundry and Chez Panisse, All in One. In Fairfield.

Okay, maybe I exaggerate a bit.  I’ll explain in a sec. I finally made it up to Heretic Brewing in Fairfield.  The place was busy.  A line cued up at the bar as one server tried to deliver each order. One thing I’ve noticed about good beer places.  People will wait without complaint.  This is …