As a contemporary once noted, Sir Thomas More always stayed true to his beliefs, under any and all circumstances, despite what others thought or how they wanted him to behave. He was, in a word, “A man for all seasons.” And although these are the traits I prefer for our men of principle (presidents, philosophers,… Continue reading More for Less: Six Beers for One Season
Spring is a time of renewal. I know that sounds painfully obvious. But to stay grounded in this hyperspeed workaday world in which I dwell (and tend to dwell on), every once in a while I have to stop and remind myself of such simplicitudes. Fortunately, I don’t have to look very far for evidence… Continue reading Versatility Is a Virtue Worth Seeking When Selecting Beers for a Springtime Soiree
Every year at about this time — when all color has been blasted from the trees by the north winds, the days grow noticeably shorter and cooler, the precipitation alternates between not-quite-rain and almost-snow, and year’s end once again looms on the horizon — I think of poet Ezra Pound‘s famous cold-weather-cursing parody, “Ancient Music,” which begins, Winter… Continue reading Winter Beers Are Icummen In!
Choosing the right beers for a camping trip is about as challenging as picking the right campsite. You don’t want to settle for any old can of suds, just like you shouldn’t ever plunk down a tent in the first open spot you see. You must choose carefully, wisely. Survey the landscape. Consider the preferences… Continue reading Choosing Brews Suitable for Camping
One other comment, in the spirit of patriotism: I attempted to provide my 4th of July house guests with a sampling of the “Top 10 Beers for Patriotic Drinkers.” I got the idea from Draft magazine — one of my favorite indulgences and a kegful of great brews news, reviews, and food-pairing ideas. I won’t name all 10… Continue reading All-American Brews