Remembering a Night to Remember

As I talked about last week, I poured at a local beer festival this past Sunday. It was a fantastic experience, with live music, lots of beer, and plenty of great conversations about the beer! Japan has a lot of beer festivals, but any one city may only have one or two a year. (Tokyo […]

Mad Capper Reviews: North Coast Old Rasputin

Taking its name from the enigmatic spiritual advisor and supposed faith healer for the House of Romanov, Old Rasputin from the North Coast Brewing Company is the feature of this week’s review. Old Rasputin is a Russian Imperial Stout, a big, black, and bold style originally from England. North Coast started in 1988 as a […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine

Our beer this week comes from a brewery that has played an important role in  popularizing craft beer in the U.S. Like many other craft breweries, the Lagunitas Brewing Company has its origins in homebrewing. From a humble kitchen setup in Lagunitas, CA in 1993, founder Tony Magee worked his way up to a 15-barrel […]

A Pleasant Fiction Beer Company

Last month I started work as a “Beer Smith” aka bartender at Fiction Beer Company, one of the many local nano-breweries. It’s been great being involved in the actual industry, and is a nice chance to learn and chat about the processes of brewing and serving craft beer. As befits the name everything in Fiction […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Anchor Steam

In 1849, some 90,000 people rushed to California in hopes of finding gold. While profits from gold were substantial for some, the sudden explosion in California’s population created business opportunities for others. Shrewd businessmen profited in such areas as shipping, entertainment, lodging, and transportation. Some, such as Gottlieb Brekle, who landed in San Francisco with […]

Some Offbeat Unsubtle Refreshments

I raised the pale, cloudy beer to my lips, ready to try something new. The beer was a Berliner Weisse. Most of Germany’s famous brews hail from Bavaria in the south, but this beer was once the most popular alcoholic drink in Prussia. As the heavily carbonated wheat beer hit my tongue my lips puckered […]

Hand Pumping Real Ale

One thing the craft boom has given us beer drinkers is diversity, both of styles and methods. One option that is showing up more often around the world is “real ale.” What is real ale? How can a beer be more real than another beer? An ale is a beer fermented with ale yeast, a […]

Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival, Spring 2015

This May the Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival returns to the Saitama Super Arena. One of the biggest beer festivals in the Kanto area, the Keyaki Beer Fest has had more beer and more crowds every year. This year they are dong something about it, and splitting the whole festival in to two different “Seasons.” Season […]

Coors Vs. Craft

The other day my Mom came down the stairs with a bag of snacks and said something to the effect of “These kettle corn rice cakes are evil! You just can’t stop eating them!” This is of course the goal of snack food. It is developed to be something that you want to eat forever […]

Dodging Cannonballs in Golden

In a single week back in the United States I have visited four breweries that did not exist when I left five years ago. In fact, none of them existed before 2013. And there are so many more just like these. The American Craft boom is real. Located just a few blocks from the immense […]