40 Years in Beer, Part Twenty-Six: From a 1990 portal, Sportstime Pizza to Rich...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Twenty-Five: The end of the beginning (1989-1990). An anecdote to kick off this installment, as relayed by the Irish...

My Beers in the GDR, Part One: A working lunch in East Berlin, August...

In 1989 I spent the first three weeks of August buffing and polishing V. I. Lenin’s shoes. The footwear belonged to a gargantuan statue...

Take this job and … frankly, LOVE it, but alas my position at Pints&union...

In October, just after we returned from vacation, I dropped into Pints&union early one evening for a beer with my old pals Steve Crull...

My Beers in the GDR, Part Two: Sharing a few Pilsners with a future...

Previously: My Beers in the GDR, Part One: A working lunch in East Berlin, August 1989. East Berlin: August, 1989. Each Friday afternoon for three weeks...

40 Years in Beer, Part Eleven: The Fat Cats Deli & Pub was short-lived...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Ten: When friends actually did let friends drive drunk. My consciousness was forever altered by Europe. The obsessions engendered...

40 Years in Beer, Part Ten: When friends actually did let friends drive drunk

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Nine: The point of know return. It has taken me a long while to understand that it usually takes...

40 Years in Beer, Part Thirty-Two: Vienna’s “Old Whisky Malt Waltz,” a precursor of...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Thirty-One: Euro beer travel 1991, as history ends and begins again. In early 1991 I deigned to meet with...

40 Years in Beer, Part Twenty-Eight: The founding of F.O.S.S.I.L.S. in 1990

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Twenty-Seven: Ladislav’s language — or, teaching credentials from a tiki bar in Ostrava. Today's installment requires a short introduction...

R.I.P. Gravity Head, with a reprise: “I’d stop drinking, but I’m no quitter”

Today would have been the kickoff of Gravity Head at the New Albanian Brewing Company, which has quietly let it be known that the...

Damn straight Guinness is good for you

One of the beer world’s most famous advertising slogans is “Guinness is good for you,” which dates to the 1920s and is credited to...

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40 Years in Beer (Book II, Part 45): The Silo and Oertels, as well...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer (Book II, Part 44): Life becoming a landslide (1992-93). Author's note: I've chosen to keep this installment as a single...

40 Years in Beer (Book II, Part 44): Life becoming a landslide (1992-93)

Previously: 40 Years in Beer (Book II, Part 43): Facing the music at Rich O’s in 1992. By the late summer of 1992, a routine had...

Diary: When you personally experience ageism, that’s when you know it’s real

I’ll remember the winter of ’23-’24 as a difficult time for me – professionally, not personally. This turbulence, which seems to be gradually receding as...