I thought I would share a couple of stories I have written recently for sites other than The New School. Sometimes I need a little break from writing on The New School, and the excuse to cover other subjects in depth is a refreshing challenge. You will also find these stories to be longer and even maybe more carefully written then some of the stuff normally read on this site.
Fruits of Their Labor: The Challenges and Rewards of Brewing with Fruit
Inspired by fine fruit beer makers Alex Ganum at Upright Brewing and Jason Mcadam at Burnside Brewing Co., I wanted to write an article for those skeptical of the styles. The article turned into not just a piece about their fruit beers, but the real challenges and rewards of brewing with fruit, along with quite a few tips on how to brew them well. At about 800 words it's relatively long, but I actually had to trim my original down a couple hundred words.
Gig Harbor’s First Beer Festival: Beer at its Local Best
Real Food Traveler
I was asked to cover the first ever Gig Harbor, WA, beer festival one weekend and I mistakenly thought it was near Bellingham, WA, which I had been wanting to revisit. I was wrong, it is actually near Tacoma. Regardless, "SNOB" Ritch and I did get to check out the cool 7 Seas Brewery and witness a new beer festival and possible new craft beer city's birth. This is a pretty long, in-depth article about Gig Harbor's craft beer culture, 7 Seas Brewery, and the new beer festival. I am a little upset though that Real Food Traveler changed the last 2 sentences of the second paragraph:
"Just when I planned a little late night drinking, though, we discovered
the tasting room closed at the astoundingly early hour of 9 p.m. In the
area surrounding us were strip malls filled with chain restaurants and a
local sports bar with a locals problem. None of these places made a likely hideout for a
traveling beer writer with a yen for some good beer drinking problem."
While I am plugging stories that I wrote, I might as well throw a shout out to this one by local beer writer for hire Brian Yaeger on Craft Beer.com: P'roast to Collaborative Coffee Beers!