Category Archives: Way Back When

That time I went to Germany with a bunch of beer people and had dinner 300 meters underground.

Here’s a another blast from the past out of the Liquid Diet archives. This is what happened one day in 2003 while I was traveling with a group of beer wholesalers and other media on a tour provided by importer … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia Series: Every Day Is April Fool’s Day (Beer Yard 2004)

Long ago and far away, when we were young and excited and could all laugh at one another, April 1 was always a special day at the Beer Yard website (as it was and still is for many others), and … Continue reading

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What’s Going On Here?

I am not abandoning this site, but since I can’t find the time or much inclination to post regularly here these days, I figured I might shift the focus a bit and, in addition to the occasional brand new post, … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia Series: (from American Brewer 2007)

DIFFERENT STROKES, DIFFERENT COASTS How craft brewing grew on either side of the country. By Jack Curtin It began, most of us agree, with Fritz in 1965, sitting at the Old Spaghetti Factory in San Francisco’s North Beach, sipping his … Continue reading

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Would that I could get there.

My last post (scroll down), which reprinted a “Best of” list I did a decade and a half ago and in which I named Yards Old Ale as my Beer of the Year, brought this response from the brewery’s Deputy … Continue reading

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Fifteen years ago tomorrow (almost)

What with tomorrow being the only Friday the 13th this year and thus reducing one of the area’s most popular beer events to a single appearance, I jumped into the archives and came up with a posting from the original … Continue reading

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Today we remember…

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Things I might have said if I had but the time.

When, thanks to Tom Foley, I wrote about Brandon and Leigh’s new venture earlier this week, I should have pointed out that, if you read the whole item from Michael Klein’s column (you can find the link here), that it’s … Continue reading

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A posting which rather quickly loses its way and goes off the tracks.

The revamped Whisky Advocate (nee Malt Advocate) arrived in the mail today and it is as impressive as expected. As I paged through the issue, it struck me that some of you might not know the back story here. This … Continue reading

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Some guys give up beer for Lent. Other guys…. [Updated]

An Illinois weekly newspaper editor is living on beer and water in the tradition (myth?) of those German monks centuries ago who never ate during Lent and, for the most part, so far, so good.  Illuminator Doppelbock is the beer … Continue reading

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