Friday, January 21, 2022

Hip Hops: Hrabal, Urquell, and the Golden Tiger’s beer cellar

“Because when I read, I don't really read; I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves...

Hip Hops: When pairing beer with food, the trick is to transcend “nationalism”

Every major industrialized nation has A BEER (you can’t be a Real Country unless you have A BEER and an airline—it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need A BEER). -- Frank Zappa With apologies to...

Hip Hops: Lager is a time machine, and I am a time traveler

When I was a boy, and my mother wasn’t looking, my father would give me sips of his favorite beer, which was a Hazy IPA brewed with experimental hops from New Zealand. It was okay,...

Hip Hops: Brown bars, snowed-in pubs, Kingfish at OLPH and Winterfest in Indy

“Come, Ahab’s compliments to ye; come and see if ye can swerve me. Swerve me? ye cannot swerve me, else ye swerve yourselves! man has ye there. Swerve me? The path to my fixed...

Hip Hops: This column has no title, just Vienna malt and a tune

During the course of exchanging texts with an old friend from out of town, he asked me a question: What's the newest, greatest and most innovative beer to grace Louisville area store shelves and...

Hip Hops: Don’t worry, be happy, because Larry found his way through the maze

In a previous life, I fancied myself a group tour operator, and for a while it worked out fairly well. To no one’s great surprise, my bus and bicycle jaunts centered entirely on Europe and...

Hip Hops: “The Audacity of Hops,” a book as well as a statement of...

Let's begin the week with variations in the art of flag-waving. Nothing makes me feel quite as patriotic as great beer, and unlike the customary nation-state-bound variety of patriotism, "greater planetary beerism" skips across geopolitical...

Hip Hops: Louisville Beer Week and Philadelphia beer days, both greatly rewarding

Mozart didn't need a little hack to chart Warhol didn't need to ask De Kooning about art Frank Lloyd Wright always ate à la carte Wish I had been that smart Wish I had been that smart Naturally collaborations...

Hip Hops: When Michael “Beer Hunter” Jackson came to Louisville in 1994 (part two)

“When one thirsts for a glass of wine or a pint of beer, the brain gradually registers the order as a half-heard whisper. The volume is slowly turned up, creating a gentle, purring, reverberation...

Hip Hops: When Michael “Beer Hunter” Jackson came to Louisville in 1994 (part one)

I fly to America every other month on average. I have been doing this for more than 20 years, and have visited every state. I come here for the beer...and interviewers still don't believe...