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,...

When Michael “Beer Hunter” Jackson came to Louisville in 1994 (part two)

“When one thirsts for a glass of wine or a pint of beer, the brain gradually registers the order as a half-heard whisper. The...

When Michael “Beer Hunter” Jackson came to Louisville in 1994 (part one)

I fly to America every other month on average. I have been doing this for more than 20 years, and have visited every state....

Nawbany’s peculiar and unofficial “Beer Walk”: 2007, 2014 and 2021

The essay below was written and published at NAC in 2007, a full year before NABC staged its first Fringe Fest "alternative" at the Day Old Bread...

Pints&union schedule for Harvest Homecoming (with food vending collaborator Leaven Bakery)

When the no parking signs go up for the Harvest Homecoming parade, so does the ambient weirdness in New Albany. It peaks on the...

Apparently Oktoberfest is the new Halloween, so it’s time for some creativity

We've long grasped that two separate herds of Americans, some of whom periodically think for themselves, are fascinated by "pumpkin spice." One group has reverted...

Reminding myself about how these (almost) 40 years in beer came to be

Facebook's "on this day in history" memory reminders can be smile-inducing or cringeworthy, depending on one's mile markers. On August 24, 2021 came this...

Foundational beer texts, perhaps dated, but gloriously so

We all have our foundational texts, and these are three of mine (although not the only ones), as plucked from the shelf a few...

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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...

Menu Items: All the food was Greek to me, and gratefully so

Originally published at Food & Dining Magazine on 7 November 2021. --- “Edibles & Potables” is Food & Dining Magazine’s Sunday morning slot for a merry...

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...