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How a Paso Robles wine trip turned into a Firestone Walker love affair

Tasters at the Firestone Walker Taproom in Paso Robles

Tasters at the Firestone Walker Taproom in Paso Robles

Three days before I was set to leave on a 48-hour jaunt to Central California wine country with my good friend Evelyn, I received a press release announcing the opening of Firestone Walker‘s latest project, Barrelworks–a wild beer program and new tasting room located at the award-winning midsize brewery’s Buellton location. Though the trip was originally planned so that we could pick up her wine club allotment at Chronic Cellars, we had already planned on stopping by FW and at least filling up a growler and eating a pretzel or something. Would I like to come see the place? Hell yes. Continue reading

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A few weeks ago, our friend Kim decided she wanted to clean out her closet (literally, not figuratively) and give back to us a Duvel magnum that had apparently been sitting in perfect cellar temperatures for a year. I remember buying these from whole Foods for $25 last holiday season, but I have no idea how it got to Kim’s or why it was in her closet. No matter, because all it means is that we had a magnum of aged Duvel ready for New Year’s Eve champagne replacement!!!

Though another year in beer is gone (and my “Year In Beer” zine I started in 2011 still isn’t completed…ugh), I am happy to look forward to the beer stories I have yet to write, the beer scene in L.A. that has yet to flourish and the beer magazine that my man is in the process of starting (Beer Paper L.A. is coming bitches!). I’m hoping to turn some notebook scribbles about incoming beer trends into a post someday soon, but for now, you better watch your back, 2013, because I’m already inside you.

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Miles runs the voodoo down

I love Miles Davis and I loves this beer the second I saw its label staring back at me from the fridge at work during our first week of being open. Then I tasted it and fell in love all over again. Then I watched the episode of Brewmasters where they talk about how the beer was created and conceptualized and made and I fell in love with Dogfish Head all over again. It is truly the liquid embodiment of a musical moment and I’m not even sure if that’s physically possible. Get this beer while it lasts or the recipe changes to something more tame.

Bitches Brew Returns For The Holidays: From Miles Davis To Your Pint Glass

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I am now a beer blogger. WTF, right?


Just in time for L.A. Beer Week, I started writing about beer for L.A. Weekly’s food blog Squid Ink. Finally, I get to do some work while drinking all this beer. Below the first post, originally published online here.

UNTAPPD: New Beer App Makes Drinking (Virtually) Social

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