3 Ways the Government Shutdown Makes for a Serious Hangover

                  Going on week two of the Federal Government shutdown, and this is getting real. From support for needy mothers and their newborns to clinical trials for cancer patients to benefits for servicemen and their families, there are endless, heartbreaking stories of affected people, programs and agencies, [...]

Craft Beer and Social Media Move In-Step

I am a born and bred New Yorker and a rabid Yankees fan. I curse too much. Behind the wheel, you would know pretty instantly where I learned to drive. With most of my tight knit family in the Northeast, there is really no good reason for me to have moved 400 miles south to [...]

Allagash Brewery: A Wicked Good Customer Experience

In 2011, I was 25 years old, and I didn’t like beer. I felt confused and disappointed with myself. Beer is a crisp, refreshing, carbonated alcoholic beverage. A staple at summer barbecues for millions of Americans. It’s even acceptable to drink during the day. What was wrong with me? I love wine. I love bourbon. I [...]

The New British Invasion – An Interview with Beavertown Brewery’s Logan Plant

There has always been a “special relationship” between the US and the UK – in everything from politics to music, and most recently, to beer. Good beer. Musically-speaking, the influence moved to the west in several waves. From the first British Invasion (think The Beatles and The Rolling Stones), to the second (on to The [...]

Fresh off the Tap – Three Craft Beer Trends to Watch

Hot off the tails of the Brewers Association Craft Brewers’ Conference, check out these top trends in craft beer, and always remember, it’s five o’clock somewhere.

In Defense of Craft Beer: Feeling the Buzz of a Burgeoning Industry

It’s been one week since the Brewers Association’s annual Craft Brewer’s Conference (CBC) and I am just recovering. I’m sure there is a study on the benefits of craft beer consumption in moderation, but alas, that was not my approach. It is the craft brewing industry’s biggest show, and cooler than any other beverage alcohol [...]

Putting Lipstick on a Pig (Beer)?

I am a cross-drinker – an equal opportunist when it comes to alcoholic beverages. I love wine. I love bourbon. Oh man, I freaking LOVE craft beer. What I’m drinking depends on my mood, the season, who I’m with, how bad my day was, what I’m eating, whether the Yankees won, or perhaps most importantly, [...]

The Art of Being Crafty

THE BOOZE BIN By Jill Haapaniemi (@haapsandbarley) Growing popularity of craft and microbrews over the past few years shouldn’t be news to anyone remotely in tune with the food and beverage world. Homemade batches of hoppy IPAs, stouts, and Belgian triples once made by a couple of friends bored in their basements have brewed a [...]

Happy Hour 2.0 – Why Hotel Bars are Happening Again

THE BOOZE BIN By Laura Petrosky (@chronic_ally) Hotel bars used to be a sad place where lonely business travelers were wallowing in their average-at-best drinks at the end of a long workday. I just came back from a conference in Aurora, Colorado, where the hotel bar was just that – the last place you wanted [...]

5 Craft Beers Get it Right on Facebook- Social Media Week 2012

THE BOOZE BIN By Rosalie Morton (@rosaliemo) What better way to celebrate Social Media Week 2012 than with a look at how craft beer, an American past time, is faring on everyone’s favorite social network, Facebook. The craft beer movement is well underway in 2012, and these small breweries are absolutely perfect for social media. [...]