My bad. I thought “synergy” meant, approximately, “two distinct things combining to equal a new product greater than the sum of its parts“. Yet according to Miriam Webster online, it actually refers to a “combined action or operation” or perhaps “a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements (as resources [...]
How could one pass up an opportunity to drink a beer with “bog myrtle” as a key ingredient? Images of humus-y stench and putrid strings of anaerobically semi-decomposed muck pair so well with a refreshing pint, right? Sort of like cigarettes?
Myrica gale’s other common name, “sweet gale” is a bit more immediately [...]
Some hours are so uninspiring and blah that metal puns make my world go round. I’m easy that way. As such, I’d been waiting to encounter Ninkasi’s “Maiden the Shade” beer for about a year. For some reason I’d assumed it was a wheat ale — seemingly appropriate for a maiden to imbibe on [...]
EARTH THIRST! No compromise in defense of drinking habits
double the hops, double the wickedness
In celebration of Earth Day, Eel River Brewing Company created a special release of double IPA called Earth Thirst. Though the one day a year afforded to the planet was way back when on April 22nd, [...]
jar of flowers, pint of pale ale
Did I really backpack a dozen miles for a beer? This beer? And have the scientists made any progress on coming up with a suitable dehydrated ale yet?
I was intending to write a review of Marin Brewing Company‘s San Quentin Breakout Stout. It was going [...]
fish, cattails, fisherwomen, fishermen, and seabirds all had their lives ruined by corporate oil behemoths. Is it too late to say "cheers" to riding a bike?
Normally, I don’t go for pilsners, being more of an IPA, porter, and really any-type-of-ale girl myself (considering I worked in a brewery that serves exclusively ales, [...]
The label, with its lithe nymph holding a bouquet of sagittate* leaves, was enough to get me.
(*Sagittate: A term used in plant identification to denote arrowhead-shaped leaves. Easy to remember if you consider the astrological sign, Sagittarius, is the archer. Think of calla lily leaves, or the common tropical houseplant, alocasia. Also called [...]
It was unexpected that an evening devoted to tasting wintery brews could get any better. Add a horrifically cheesy mid-’80s “metal is the devil,” so-bad-it’s-good movie and two hilarious friends (one who was already loving one of my faves, Payback Porter)….and it inevitably does.
Before talking about the beers, it’s imperative to share [...]