The view from the other side of the table

Being behind the table at a beer tasting can be as much fun as being a taster. Perhaps the camels in the background at Roger Williams Zoo’s “Brew at the Zoo” were thirsting for a sample? B eer tastings. Most of us have, at the minimum, gone to a liquor store while someone is offering… Continue reading The view from the other side of the table

Fine brews will flow at New Bedford Oktoberfest

JENALINA SANTIAGO/Standard-Times Special file He may be known as The Whiskey Poet, but on Oct. 4, Craig DeMelo will be performing at a beer festival, the ninth annual New Bedford Oktoberfest. Don’t be surprised if you see lederhosen-wearing, bratwurst-gnawing people downtown next Saturday, when the New Bedford waterfront does its best Munich impression at the… Continue reading Fine brews will flow at New Bedford Oktoberfest

Don’t be a beer snob

Beer is the drink of the people. It’s relatively cheap, tastes great, acts as a social lubricant, and is good for the soul. Of course, beers differ in quality, but in the end all beer is good beer. As the expression goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.” Unfortunately, with the rise… Continue reading Don’t be a beer snob

To Satisfy Beer Geeks, Trading is on the Rise

There are now more than 2,700 breweries in the United States (probably 2,800 by now, given the almost daily brewery opening). We could easily pass the all-time mark of 3,286 (from 1870) this year or next, given that there are more than 1,700 breweries in planning. Since breweries are popping up like dandelions in the… Continue reading To Satisfy Beer Geeks, Trading is on the Rise

Skip the Roses and Reach for Beer this Valentine’s Day

You may have heard rumors that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Rose growers and makers of chocolate, greeting cards, teddy bears, sexy underthings, and wine all love this time of year.  The day may be a favorite of those who are into such things, but what about the beer geek on your list? If your beer… Continue reading Skip the Roses and Reach for Beer this Valentine’s Day