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Nov 25, 2013Lately, I've been expending a sizable chunk of my mental bandwidth trying to decide what beer I’ll have on Thanksgiving day. Not with Thanksgiving dinner, mind you—we'll be serving wine and maybe the stray bottle of cider—but what I’ll have on hand in the kitchen while I whip the potatoes and fastidiously baste the turkey, and what I'll offer to my guests as they watch football and wait for the feast. I want something light, refreshing, and low in alcohol, something I could enjoy and sip all day and still have energy to host and entertain.
Nov 14, 2013Craft beer is nothing new for Asheville, North Carolina. The pint-sized city of 85,000, nestled at the foothills of the foggy Blue Ridge Mountains, has supported a thriving beer scene since the early 1990s. But it wasn't until I got to know the innovative, year-old brewery Wicked Weed, who have become known for creative Belgian and west coast-style beers, that I really started to pay attention to the beer in town. Keep reading »
Oct 30, 2013Near the town of Soy-Érezée, in the Wallonia region of southeastern Belgium, stands a spooky little brewery called Fantôme. According to legend, the brewery's namesake (fantôme is French for "ghost") is the spirit of Countess Berthe de La Roche—who was kidnapped and murdered on her wedding night by a jealous cross-dressing rival—who can still be seen haunting the old castle ruins in a commune 15 miles south of the brewery. Keep reading »
Oct 22, 2013With October comes the arrival of über-fresh wet hop seasonal brews. Keep reading »