Vom Boden's Stephen Bitterolf imports wine from "human-scaled wineries." On Saturday we're opening four of the latest arrivals from his portfolio. Two pet-nat from the brothers Brand of the Pfalz region. And a riesling and silvaner from Keller in the Rheinhessen. Engineered to cut through the humidity straight to your lips.Read More
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The East Nashville Beer Festival will convene at East Park this Saturday for the seventh time in as many years. In 2017, nearly half of the 48 attending breweries are local to the Nashville area, and more still come from adjacent areas like Northern Alabama, East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Kentucky. Remember when local beer meant Blackstone, Yazoo, and a handful of homebrewers?
It's fair to say that craft beer in the South — and more to the point, in Nashville — has ...
The festival has matured over its six years. This iteration felt seamless, not the sprawling madness of a thousand drunks that it could be, but more like an even-keeled revelry of like minds, in a kind setting, imbibing the history within each glass.Read More
I love these people, all of them, I love watching them and listening to them do their work. They are in their element, fluid in their transactions. I admire them. I just don't want to be in the middle of them. I'm much more comfortable off to the side.Read More
Low clouds threatened all morning to cast the day in a gray warm gloom. First thing: we had been shorted a table, and for a breathless quarter-hour we waited to find out whether we'd be crammed seven at a time into six square feet of sodden grass. Busying his hands on the hem of his brown jean jacket, Will turned to the sky and let out a nervous laugh. "It's a little cold, isn't it?" At our knees sat an assload of beer (and a firkin of cider), nearly all of which was clocked for spring weather—the kinds of seasonal quaffers that quench best on a heat-drawn thirst.Read More
Introducing one of the boldest lines of beer I've seen in a while. Wild Beer Co. is a British company remixing continental tradition with innovation and looking for a new third way through. On Saturday we'll unveil two of Wild Beer Co.'s strange saisons, 'Bliss' and 'Iduna.'Read More
There's a pretty serious love affair going on between the San Diego brewery Green Flash and the Belgian house of Brasserie St. Feuillien. St. Feuillien was an Irish monk martyred in the charcoal forest near Le Roeulx in 655 AD. Nearly 1400 years later we drink a beer named for this traveling holy man.Read More
A look backward into the past, trying to reconcile its pastoral beginnings with its current big shot trans-Atlantic prestige. . . Like the namesake Cather novel, My Antonia is a beer that scaffolds its complexity atop a simple and rustic foundation. Here's Dogfish Head brewer Sam Calagione and his grandmother discussing their boozy Italian-American roots.Read More
My colleague Kelley-Frances just told me, "I like to sweat a lot." Who knows what she was talking about (...) but I'm going with her desire for a thirst-quenching beer. Today we're talking Saison de Pipaix from La Brasserie à Vapeur.Read More