LADY JAY ASKS “THERE’S A WHAT? WHERE?”

That was my reaction on a recent trip to Tampa with Herr Hordeum to visit his progenitors. The “what” was a Cigar City brewpub. The “where” was Airside Terminal C of the Tampa International Airport. Regular Aleheads may recognize Cigar City from coverage of previous Tampa adventures, or, if you’re lucky, from drinking a Jai […]

MORE OF FORT COLLINS

So, we went to more breweries today. These included Funkwerks, New Belgium, and a little place called Pateros Creek Brewing Co. Man did we had some fun. While the 90 minute New Belgium tour was a tad cheesy , we at least got to pour our own beers and tasted a bunch of cool stuff. […]

AN ALEHEAD GOES TO BRUERY PROVISIONS

On a recent rainy weekend in LA, I decided to take a trip to beyond the orange curtain, to a place known more for Disneyland and mini-mansions than craft beer. But this trek would be no ordinary trek to the OC, for today I was to venture to the Bruery Provisions to pick up my […]

AN INTERVIEW WITH ROB CROXALL OF EL SEGUNDO BREWING COMPANY

If you read this blog on a regular basis, then chances are that you too have fantasized about ditching the rat race to start your own brewery, but most of us never get beyond the weekend home brewer stage and are forced to drown our “coulda, shoulda” sorrows in pints of the latest and greatest regional brew while checking email on our phones. One man who actually took the plunge and gave up a cushy corporate gig to pursue the dream of making the perfect beer is Rob Croxall, owner and head brewer of El Segundo Brewing Company, in El Segundo, CA.

CALL FOR THE CAVALRY

This weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Cavalry Brewing in Oxford Connecticut.  Cavalry is owned and operated by Mike McCreary, a veteran and victim of the Great Recession of 2008-10.  When Mike’s company downsized a couple years ago, he took the opportunity to travel to England and learn how to make beer.  The result […]