Friday, October 22, 2021

Hip Hops: My bucket beer list does NOT come with sliced fruit, so don’t...

Mr. Creosote: "Better get a bucket." Maître d': "booKAY?" I’ve often been accused of being a cynic, a skeptic, and a whole slew of other –ics, as well as a few –ists (many of them colored Bolshevik,...

Hip Hops: Beerways, folkways, cultural markers and national traditions

The first time I can recall encountering the word “folkways” was in the early 1970s, somewhere deep within the (then) subterranean audio-visual department of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. I’d have been 12,...

Hip Hops: Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day at Donum Dei Brewstillery, plus last week’s...

Let's begin with a digression. Why not beer for breakfast? You don’t need to climb to the top of the nearest craggy mountain for a consultation with the resident guru to know that you can't...

Hip Hops: A few instructive beers in Ostrava in 1989

For me, drinking beer is not a performative exercise, even if cameos are allowed. Rather, my enjoyment of the brewer’s art tends to the contemplative. It's an ongoing conversation, as well as an extension...

R.I.P. Scott Hand, head brewer at Monnik Beer Co.

­ The Irish novelist James Joyce had a way with words, as when he considered the origins of Guinness Stout in this passage from Ulysses. -- Hurry up, Terry boy, says Alf. Terence O'Ryan heard him and...

Hip Hops: In my cups at the very spot where the WCTU conspired

If I had a great beer yesterday but forgot to take a photograph, did I really drink it? The last full week of August was eventful. Hi-Wire Brewing's taproom on Baxter Avenue in Louisville opened,...

Hip Hops: Like I was saying, Oktoberfest in July, Halloween in … January?

The following installment of our weekly beer dialogue first appeared on August 17, 2020, and is being reheated today (bei stovetop, nicht microwave) because of two excellent reasons: (1) it remains relevant, and (2)...

Hip Hops: News of the Beer (with requisite editorial commentary)

Toss one out, and we'll "bat" it around... NEWS ITEM: THANK A FARMER: Floyds Knobs farm grows hops featured in local beers, by Brooke McAfee (News and Tribune). ROGER'S TAKE: Not a day passes without your faithful...

Hip Hops: What’s Alt, doc? Akasha’s new beer, that’s what (and a 1995 flashback)

American craft brewers have proven adept at rescuing forgotten classic beer styles and reshaping them for a contemporary market. Recent examples that spring to mind include the three "gees": Gose, Grisette and Grodziskie, from...

Hip Hops: Keg Liquors changes owners, plus a round-up of local beer news

Yesterday in a message posted at his personal Facebook page, The Keg Liquors owner Todd Antz revealed the sale of his stores in Clarksville and New Albany to Southern Indiana businessman George Patel, who...