Adult Beverage: Lost Continent Double IPA

A day spent bouncing between manuscripts, ending with a pair of short stories: Robert M. Price's "Wilbur Whateley Waiting" and Robert W. Chambers's "The Harbor-Master." And now? Pizza, the Giants vs. Diamondbacks on TV, and a Lost Continent Double IPA...Lost Continent Double IPA pours a deep, translucent orange-brown, with a high, bonewhite head that laces [...]

By | September 2nd, 2011|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Adult Beverage: Newcastle Werewolf

"I saw a werewolf drinking a piƱa colada at Trader Vic's, his hair was perfect!" --Warren ZevonIt's not often I find myself accosted by a werewolf while doing my grocery shopping. But I love a good gimmick, and this "blood red ale" from Newcastle had it all: clawmarks on the case, a lycanthropic logo, and [...]

By | August 17th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Adult Beverage: J. C. Flyer IPA

What a day! A parade, a ballgame (on TV), some errand running, and an awesome sandwich. Now I'm watching Beetlejuice with Maddie and knocking back a libation from Fairfax, Ca: Iron Springs Pub and Brewery's J. C. Flyer IPA. Named for the Bay Area country-rocker, J. C. Flyer is "an English style India Pale Ale [...]

By | August 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Petaluma Loves a Parade…

Petaluma loves a parade. We've got a bunch of them, from Butter and Eggs Day to the Veterans' Day parade. But my favorite comes when St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary in mid-August every year.

By | August 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Adult Beverage: Knee Deep Brewing Ryedentity Crisis

Another week of juggling manuscripts in various states: rough drafts to polished prizes to final corrections. All to make sure they do one thing: communicate a story without stumbling. What I do requires a whole lot of trying to get into authors' and editors' heads, trying to glean the motivation and meaning behind the words. [...]

By | August 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Adult Beverage: Rubicon Hopsauce Double IPA

A nice, long walk this morning, followed by an exciting drive in Randy's Jeep (which I totally plan to avoid driving in the future--no left arm space unless you hang out the window like a leadfooted Big Daddy Roth monster). A little bit of grocery shopping. Retail therapy. La Hacienda for dinner. I needed a [...]

By | August 6th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Adult Beverage: He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.

Does this beer smell funny to you?Lenny Bruce is one of my heroes. A tragic hero, sure, not to mention an excellent example of how to be a bad example. But his insistence on fully exercising his freedom of speech: American Dream-level heroic. And Bruce's How to Talk Dirty and Influence People tops my list [...]

By | July 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Adult Beverage: Deschutes/Boulevard Conflux No. 2

So I put on my robe and wizard hat tonight and ventured out to see the latest Harry Potter flick. I'm not much of a bildungsroman kind of guy. I haven't seen the last four. No worries. HP8 was pure angst and action. Characters I was supposed to care about dropped like flies. People exploded. [...]

By | July 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Adult Beverage: Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale

Trying to prolong Sunday night by watching the old Thriller episode "Pigeons from Hell" and drinking a Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale. Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale pours cloudy golden-orange, thick, but quick-headed with notable carbonation and no lacing. Honey and orange on the nose, sweet and spicy up front, with clove and orange peel. [...]

By | July 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Adult Beverage: Wheat Wacker India-Style Wheat Ale

It's been a beautiful summer day. I read a few short stories for pleasure, walked Maddie down to Wickersham Park and back, and wandered downtown with Jennifer to check out the annual sidewalk sale. Now, we're settling in for the night and watching the Giants/Brewers game on TV while I crack into a Black Diamond [...]

By | July 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments