Monthly Archives: February 2009

Hopinions: Memories of Bill Brand

In this edition of Hopinions, Mario and I take the time to remember the late Bill Brand. From: Peter at BetterBeerBlog SF Beer Week ended a little more than a week ago. While I like to think the overall event … Continue reading

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Beer in Review: Uncommon Brewers Siamese Twin Ale

I was Wine Affairs when I tried this beer. The more I go there, the more I realize how unique Diane’s (the owner) palette is. She is growing her bottled beer list and it’s quite an interesting selection of beers. … Continue reading

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Calling all homebrewers

This post is mainly directed at the homebrewers, or professional brewers for the matter, who read this blog (hell, anyone really inventive, really). I have an old college buddy send me an email. He’s been out of homebrewing for a … Continue reading

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Homebrew Session: Amber Ale

I can’t believe it’s already the end of February and I just finished brewing another beer late Sunday afternoon. My goal for this year was to brew at least once a month, maybe twice, but let’s see how much I … Continue reading

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Beer Judging 101 & 201 Seminar Recap

It’s the final day of SF Beer Week and it’s pouring cats and dogs. The big event of the day is the Celebrator party happening in Oakland later on in the evening. I briefly considered going but opted against it … Continue reading

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Bill Brand passes away. This sucks.

I learned from Facebook today that fellow beer blogger Bill Brand has passed away early this morning. I’ve confirmed this on his blog. You can view the sad news here. You can leave a message on his guest book here. … Continue reading

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Beer School: Week 6

I have been absent from the BJCP class for the past two weeks. The first time was because I was planning for my SF Beer Week Beer & Dessert Event, the second was because I was attending another SF Beer … Continue reading

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2009 Barleywine Festival Recap

Truthfully, I’ve started and stopped this post about a dozen times now. I keep looking for a way to ease into recapping the Toronado Barleywine Festival but there’s just no way. As with the festival, you kind of have to … Continue reading

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Beer & Chocolate Dinner at Firehouse Brewery featuring Pete Slosberg Recap

I had been looking forward to this event for some time now. Having had a part in its planning, I couldn’t wait to see how it would turn out. The event was held in the upstairs area of Firehouse Brewery … Continue reading

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Firehouse Beer and Cheese Pairing Event Recap

The South Bay SF Beer Week events continued last night with a Beer and Cheese Event at Firehouse Brewery & Grill. The event started at 7pm and lasted until about 10pm. Considering the lack of advertising and first-time jitters, the … Continue reading

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