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  • December 20, 2016

    Looking back on the craft beer scene at the end of 2016 is depressing. I have completely given up on the culture of Ahab-ing around Southern California trying to slay a proverbial whale while ten thousand other ship captains are on the hunt as well. What is craft beer culture in 2016? If you don’t make it to every bottle release prepare to pay a king’s ransom […]

  • October 6, 2016

    You can hear it as it rises from the corner booth at your local craft beer bar. Or maybe that one friend of yours with too much disposable income who boasts a beer and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection cellar asked it of you the one (and only) time he invited you to a Bottle Share. No matter the horrible station between life and death […]

  • April 1, 2016

    Isn’t it nice when friends come together to achieve a common goal? I’ve been partaking in more bottle shares with friends lately. We’ll request and complete unique trades with our contacts in different parts of the country, then get together and share the wealth. Typically good food is involved too. At one recent share in Pasadena we grilled steaks and imbibed everything from Black Raz Bu […]

  • December 18, 2015

    Looking back on the craft beer scene at the end of 2015 is difficult because…it’s kind of a joke. I am surely not alone in thinking that at times I feel like a character in a game racing around Southern California trying to slay a dragon while ten thousand similar characters are on the hunt as well. If you don’t make it to every bottle release […]

  • October 3, 2015

    Has it been two weeks already? Where does the time go? Answer: I think scientists believe it points in the direction of entropy, but the last physics class I took was in 2001 so I might be mistaken. Also I used to smoke a lot of pot before physics because I could get away with it on the grounds that the teacher and I […]

  • June 19, 2015

    As much as I love a memorable meal, or a great record, or a roll in the hay with a young woman who just arrived in Los Angeles with dreams of breaking into the industry, nothing beats a cold beer. Beer (and by extension fine wines or small batch bourbons, I suppose) elevates those memorable meals. Drinking a good beer goes hand-in-hand with listening to good music. And, […]

  • March 1, 2015

    I’m not a line person. And by that I mean I’m not the type of person who will stand in line for an event…pretty much for any reason whatsoever. When I was younger and I wanted to stand in the front row at a Smashing Pumpkins show or a Weezer show I would line up hours before events. I once left my hometown to […]

  • December 12, 2014

    I’ve done a lot of drinking this year. What began with champagne at The Hudson in West Hollywood will probably end with a cocktail someplace else a few weeks from now. In between there have been plenty of good, happy reasons to toast with friends and family. There have also been some darker and unhappy reasons to knock back a few too many drinks […]

  • September 25, 2013

    It’s LA Beer Week, and I’m trying to make the most of it on my limited budget and weird work schedule. Most nights out for me occur mid-week, so it’s hard to find drinking buddies who can go hard on a Tuesday or Wednesday night and not have to work the next morning. Me, I don’t mind showing up bleary-eyed on a Sunday morning […]

  • August 9, 2013

    Pub trivia on Tuesday proved to be somewhat successful. Playing at Bigfoot West for the first time, under the moniker “Bronies” (my “I Have A Black Belt In Autoerotic Asphyxiation”-style names were deemed too sexually frustrated to use), our team finished a respectable third out oftwelve? Fifteen? I wasn’t really keeping track. I was mostly there to answer music-related questions. I had hoped to […]