Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who participated in this month’s session on beer journalism. Here is the roundup, as promised, and please let me know if I’ve left you off. A few thoughts: Several bloggers disliked how I phrased the questions (too broad and too many) and how I defined beer journalism (to include […]

It is 10 years to the day that my dad stopped breathing in the middle of the night and died. He was 47; I was 14. I’ve written many words about this day and him and deleted most of them, not just because it is hard to write, but because there is so much to […]

Another first Friday, another round of The Session, the monthly beer blogging shindig. Every month a different host asks a question or suggests a topic on something beer-related and invites beer bloggers to give their take. I’m the lucky host this month and wanted to know: What role do beer writers play in the culture and growth […]

Greetings! I’m psyched to announce that it’s my turn to host The Session, a monthly beer blogging get together founded by Jay R. Brooks at Brookston Beer Bulletin and Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer. The Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get […]

It’s time for another round of The Session, a monthly beer blogging get together where everyone writes about one topic suggested by a rotating beer blogger. This time it’s hosted by Doug Smiley of Baltimore Bistros & Beer and his chosen topic is a simple, good question: Why do you drink beer?  So, what is it that compels […]

It always seems to me that I should feel well in the place where I am not, and this question of removal is one which I discuss incessantly with my soul. A line from the poem “Anywhere Out of the World” by Charles Baudelaire, which I originally read in Alain De Botton’s The Art of Travel. […]

If you’re a writer, or if you’re friends with any writers, there’s a good chance you saw this Atlantic article published last week, “Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators” by Megan McArdle. I found it uncomfortably familiar for a number of reasons, this bit being the biggest one. “This fear of being unmasked as the incompetent […]

I had started to write an actual narrative blog post, but figured, hey, it’s Friday afternoon, let’s do some Montreal-related lists instead. Here we go! Places I like: Cafe Resonance: The image of a freelancer working happily in a coffee shop is a myth. More likely, they’re stressed about getting a seat with an outlet and […]

I’ve been talking to people about cider the past week for an article and it’s piqued my interest the way craft beer did a few years ago. Maybe even more so. I’ve never had the urge or impulse to open a brewery (have interviewed far too many brewery owners–I’ll leave the paperwork and the legal […]

Today is the first day I ran in single digits (5 degrees F; feels like -11F) in Montreal. It is also the first day I wore long underwear under my running tights. It proved fairly effective, despite some slight numbness in the thighs. I’m running a marathon (a bolt of fear hits me every time […]

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