Don’t steal the glasses: brewery etiquette at Christmas and all year round

Taste and enjoy the beers, leave the glasses

On a recent sunny and cold Sunday near Christmas, I went to Bissell Brothers brewing company in Portland with my family. Beer lovers spread out at tavern tables and along the windows in the vast and beautiful tasting room at the old mill at Thompson’s Point.Under the tall Christmas tree were boxes and bags bursting […]

6 autumn and winter beer trips you must make

Right after signing the contract at Gritty's in Freeport. Now I'm celebrating the publication of my book

After three years of my blabbing, mewling and hoping, here on this blog and my Facebook and Twitter platforms, my new beer book is published! You can find it here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Whats-Brewing-New-England-Breweries/dp/1608933954/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476212182&sr=8-1&keywords=what%27s+brewing+in+new+England Unlike many craft beer books that focus on a single state or region, What’s Brewing in New England covers all 6 states: […]

5 reasons you need to hop on a beer bus tour

Poutine and beer on a tour of new breweries

It’s 10:30 on a cloudy, cold-for-July morning – jacket weather, we call it here in New England.  Groups of people mill about inside and outside The Craft Beer Cellar on Commercial Street in Portland’s Old Port. Some hold coffee cups, some from Starbuck’s, some from Dunkin’s and our local Coffee by Design. But coffee preferences […]

Stop the beer world! I want to get on!

Strong's Localmotive, a California common style beer...worth the trip

Here I am at 8:30 a.m. on April 29th and it’s 31 degrees. Cold enough to snow in late April? Come on! Okay, I got that off my chest. Now I’m beginning work for the day doing final edits for my beer book, that never-ending beer book that I undertook in October, 2013 and is […]

What’s brewing? Over 4100 craft breweries and counting!

My glass is always half full...of craft beer

If you don’t know about the Brewers Association (BA), get thee to their website as soon as you’re finished reading this post, because it’s a one-stop craft beer resource you won’t want to be without. (www.brewersassociation.org). They just announced this new stat: The Year In Beer: U.S. Brewery Count Reaches All-Time High of 4,144 Back […]