Beer Camp is hitting the road on an eight-city festival tour, and every craft brewer in America is invited to join. San Francisco will be holding their festival on June 3rd! It's a can't miss event with lots of amazing one-off beers and local brewery participation.
Whitney is a force to be reckoned with. It's the non-apologetic badass attitude. Tagging along with her is like being part of the gang, in a local celebrity status kind-of-way. We parade around the festive lake area of Echo Park - a hip Eastside LA neighborhood that has become her home turf.
Back in May, the Airbnb family of homebrewers decided to do a test homebrew batch using our in-house kitchen space. The result was Host & Toast, a club for beer enthusiasts to share, learn, and create beer-centered experiences together.
This time, Noah Sugarman and I checked out a taptakeover from a new brewery out of Townsend, Washington called Propolis Brewing. They create their concoctions using all manner of wild-foraged ingredients like borage flowers, wild heather, cherries, and an array of herbs.
When most people think of barrel-aged beers, the first thing that comes to mind is dark beer. For some it’s a rich, chocolate stout; for others a boozy, sweet quad. While this year’s Festival of Barrel Aged Beers in Chicago had and incredible array of bold dark beers, it also had a plentiful selection of light—and often sour—barrel aged beer. Here of some of my favorites from the lighter side of FOBAB.
For most ice cream enthusiasts around the US, this would be the time to try out that new gelateria in town or some new trend like Taiwanese snow ice cream. Fortunately, I believe ice cream is edible in any season - even winter! So grab your blankets and curl up next to the fireside with one of these innovative ice cream creations.
Long-time neighbors and friends-in-arms, Chris and Rob have been brewing up this concept for the last 3+ years. Each step of the way has been a small journey towards ultimately opening a long-lasting legacy in the Point Richmond industrial complex. Amongst the freight ships and docking stations sits their project, East Brother Beer - a beacon of light and main protagonist of this story.
I've written about food beer pairings before during my Rogue x Block 34 beer dinner. That was my first foray into this world of culinary tastings. At the dinner, I had a Chocolate Bacon Bread Pudding with Double Chocolate Stout Ice Cream paired with Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout that seriously blew my mind.
Two outstanding breweries across my radar recently have been 5 Rabbits Cerveceria and Forbidden Root. Not only being great spots for a unique beer, they have each carved out a niche market in this growing bustling city. I would highly encourage folks to check them out. You won't be dissapointed!
Inviting drink enthusiasts to connect with local chefs/ bartenders and get a taste of what makes San Francisco a top-rated food city. Unlimited bites and pours from 160+ restaurants and 70+ breweries over 3 days - horray!
This spanking new Whole Foods store is 50,000 square feet of stuff made of dreams for beer geeks seeking a remote haven in the middle of bustling San Jose. I highly encourage you all to stop by for a drink and say hi to our amazing cicerones - Art and Jamie!
The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest is the pinnacle of beers festivals. An epic yet intimate gathering of 50 leading brewers, whom are personally selected by Firestone brewmaster, Matt Brynildson, showcase their best-of-the-best offerings.
The Kona Brewer's Festival indulges craft beer aficionados from all over the world alongside a variety of island-style cuisine, offering something for adventurers and connoisseurs alike. Top chefs from the islands offer their best pairings ranging from fresh fish and smoked meats to deep fried avocados and tropical sweets.
The relationship between food & beer has always been fascinating to me. In pushing the boundaries, I was lucky enough to attend a beer dinner pairing with friends at Rogue Ales & Spirits and Alex Anderman, founder and chef at Block 34. Here are my experiences.