they were the weeks that were…

sometimes I sit, try to write a blog  post with Eddie’s jesting in my ears “learn to spell, before you try to write”, about something interesting about beer, at least, but it just never happens.    Sitting writing, even writing a diary, has never come easy.  Over the last few weeks, I have been away in California, hanging with many good friends and drinking good beers –  I have been racking my brains as to write something interesting, telling a tale of amazing beers from far afield like a spice merchant from way back when, but for me it’s the people.  The beers out there are great, events like the SF beer week really does present a show case of amazing beer that is unusually good.   The efforts that those like, Rodger Davis with his Sour and Barrels Festivals need applause… bringing such amazing beers together.

But now I am home.  back to work.   but, my work is fun.  but, I have been working 7 days a week for the last couple of years.  Why 7 days a week?  Continue reading


the last few months have been oh so busy.  The distinct lack of blog posts have somewhat indicated this truth.   the image above is just some small effort to see what’s been clogging up my phone (those of you that follow my tweets will have seen many of them)

I would recommend to anyone be they into beer, wine or food – that epicurean hedonism thing to get out there and travel.   Over the last few months I have been here and there and back again.   The upcoming now annual pilgrimage to San Francisco for their amazing  “SF Beer week” is just round the corner. Continue reading

SF Beer Week – in Pictures

 - click the image here to go to the pool -

- click the image here to go to the pool -

Someone just made me aware that there are loads of SF Beer week pictures available here

The fun thing was going through and just seeing how many of the 150+ events that we on, and the ones that I made it too…. and survived to tell the tale.

thanks Gabbi.

Our Barrel Ale and Cool People


Anchor barrel aged, yumminess!

Anchor, february 09!!

Just coming back over the pictures of what has been a fairly hectic three days, 5pm time in the UK, and just gone 9am in the US here in California.    I kinda smashed my 20D canon, dropping it from 15′ up a ladder on to flat concrete wasn’t suc a clever idea; so the best of the pics will soley be from the iPhone.

Spent a hazy evening at the Anchor Brewery – where J Brooks, of the Brookston Beer Bulletin cast the first toast.   Then the bottles were opened by after a great open speach by Fritz himself.    Big magnums of the beer poured to all those clamering to get some.   And nicely done too.    It was a blend of the four beers, Liberty, Fog, Steam, and the Porter, aged in their own barrels – from the distillery.

The speach will be available on a podcast download from The Brewing Network.

I think I uploaded the wrong pic, but what the hell...

Tom Daldorf's Ear.

Justin Crosley of the BN getting the audio of Fritz's "giveaway all the secrets" speech

Fritz Himself