Saturday, April 17, 2021

Hip Hops: Against the Grain turns 10 this year, so let’s revisit 2011

Last week I was thumbing through back issues of Food & Dining Magazine and came across our Winter 2011 edition (Volume 34), which contained my "Hip Hops" profile of a then-newly opened Against the...

Hip Hops: Upland Jeffersonville draws near, so here’s an overview

Upland Brewing Company's new (non-brewing) dispensary and restaurant in Jeffersonville was revealed to the public last December. https://foodanddine.com/buckhead-out-upland-brewing-in-on-restaurant-row-in-jeffersonville/ Opening day is pegged for Friday, April 9th at 11:00 a.m., but the Upland story begins in Bloomington,...

Hip Hops: Erin Go Blagh, or a timeless St. Paddy’s Day reminder

Now and in time to be, Wherever green is worn, Are changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born. William Butler Yeats wrote the poem Easter, 1916 as a personal response to his mixed feelings in the aftermath...

Hip Hops: The back story of Bock, because the time draws near

Is Bock the G.O.A.T.? This question has been nagging me since Jimmy Carter was in office. All I knew for sure at the time was that Bock beers were dark, and they appeared each year...

Hip Hops: There is no envy in green beer, with one exception

Generally speaking, beer isn't the place for a Green New Deal. If you'll accept your beer colored green, is there any limit to the madness? What's next, dry-aged Wagyu drenched in curry ketchup? Beethoven's "Appassionata"...

Hip Hops: An excellent day at the Augustiner in Salzburg, 2003

All this talk of snow has me recalling good times in the sunshine with beer, of course. In 2003 I  took a 27-day bicycling holiday in Germany and Austria., starting all by myself and later...

Hip Hops: NABC, Hi-Wire, Noble Funk, and what’s German, anyway?

German consular official: "Yes, Mr. Baylor, we see you're requesting asylum in our country. Can you explain why you'd like to live in Germany? Me: Must. Escape. Mister X. Dude's been following me around my entire...

Hip Hops: On old books, new beer labels and timeless bung-starters

A fractious month of January calmed somewhat near the end, providing a relatively peaceful space to finish reading the year's opening novel: The Island of Second Sight by Albert Vigoleis Thelen (1903-1989), who was...

Hip Hops: Pilsners, Trappists and Monnik

Beer headings and a few pithy comments on a rainy Monday morning ... • Kentucky brewers want legislation to allow them to sell directly to bars and restaurants(Lane Report) In the main, alcoholic beverage laws in...

Hip Hops: Flagship February celebrates “the beers that got us here”

Flagship February originated in 2019 as an effort spearheaded by beer writers Stephen Beaumont and Jay Brooks, who corralled a few of their friends and set about to espouse the value of flagship beers. Increasingly,...