Not Hip & Fewer Hops: In my cups at the epicenter of the WCTU’s...

Excerpted from the original posting at Food & Dining Magazine on 30 August 2021. --- If I had a great beer yesterday but forgot to take...

My 40th anniversary Career in Beer Year begins right now

2022 marks my 40th anniversary year in the sense of being engaged (read: remunerative employment) with beer, and occasionally other alcoholic beverages, but mostly...

GREEN MOUSE SAYS: Here’s how Floyd County’s brewery lead over Clark County has widened...

Several weeks ago the Green Mouse filed a report with upper management. He noted that Jeffersonville's Red Foot brewery (256 Spring Street) had ceased operations,...

Not Hip & Fewer Hops: Congratulations to Larry, who found his way through the...

Originally posted at Food & Dining Magazine on 15 Nov 2021. In a previous life, I fancied myself a group tour operator, and for a...

Not Hip & Fewer Hops: Christmas beers, real or imagined, then and now

Originally published at Food & Dining Magazine on 14 December 2020. --- “My goodness”, muttered Claus, recalling his visit to the Institute, “the restrictive outerwear, the...

Think beer globally, drink beer locally, pair beer with food thoughtfully

Every major industrialized nation has A BEER (you can’t be a Real Country unless you have A BEER and an airline—it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear...

REWIND: “This week in solipsistic beer narcissism” (2014)

Lightly edited to remove a couple of obscure topical references. --- Are you fed up with words you don’t understand? Tired of scrolling down to your favorite...

Not Hip & Fewer Hops: “The Audacity of Hops,” a book for savoring

Originally published at Food & Dining Magazine on 8 November 2021. Let's begin the week with variations in the art of flag-waving. Nothing makes me feel...

A little ditty about Roger and Nadorff. Bourbon County Stout? Who cares?

It's that time again, the horrific American custom of surrender known as Black Friday, when the world of solipsistic beer narcissism goes crazy about...

Not Hip & Fewer Hops: My bucket beer list is NOT served with sliced...

Originally published at Food & Dining Magazine on 27 September 2021. Mr. Creosote: "Better get a bucket." Maître d': "booKAY?" I’ve often been accused of being a cynic,...

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Not Hip & Fewer Hops: A few instructive beers in Ostrava in 1989

(Originally published at Food & Dining Magazine on September 6, 2021.) For me, drinking beer is not a performative exercise, even if cameos are allowed....

Shane’s Excellent New Words: Hagiography — or haggis?

Welcome to another installment of SHANE'S EXCELLENT NEW WORDS, which was a regular feature of the now defunct NA Confidential blog. But why new words? Why not the...

Hunter S. Thompson eulogizes Richard M. Nixon (1994): “He Was a Crook.”

Arguably, the finest political obituary in American history. A Twitter friend linked to it recently, remarking that he rereads the piece every few months....