Years ago, when I first started writing for the Mid-Atlantic Brewing News, I had an interesting conversation with Jim Lutz. Lutz, the current owner of Old Dominion/Fordham Brewing was, at the time, an officer at Flying Dog. He told me a story of the years when he was one of the grunts on the ground, shopping craft beer to bars in Phoenix, or Tucson….I don’t quite remember which.
The gist of the story….well, to paraphrase…well…here’s what I recall of a drunken conversation during a beer festival…
To quote the Dropkick Murphys, the season’s upon us, it’s that time of year…
Okay, I know that’s from a Christmas song, but let’s face it, with the family focus of both holidays, it’s widely accepted that this weekend marks the beginning of the high-holiday season. For my, and many other families, this is the start of high gorging season.
You regulars here already know, I love craft beer. It is a passion of mine.
Another passion of mine? Art.
So, I’m assuming most of you have noticed, it’s gotten kind of chilly. I’m also assuming that most of you will notice that the title has nothing to do with this week’s content, and this week I meander a bit. I just liked the title, so I’m going with that. Now, back to the chilly, and what it means.
This means two things to me – one; if you’re a homebrewer, it’s lagering weather, and two; time to break out the barleywines! Woot! Well…barleywines, winter warmers, spiced holiday ales…there are a whole lot of beers for when the weather turns, and those of you who have been following me, you all well know that there aren’t many styles of beer of which I am not fond. But this is one of those beer seasons that I particularly enjoy – there are a whole lot of beer styles that come out this time of year, and that’s always a happy-making for me.
Tomorrow is International Stout Day.
This is a day that has some personal meaning to me. My earliest days as a beer drinker were spent knocking back pints of Guinness in the cozy confines of the Irish pub scene in Boston, the city where I attended college.