Welcome to BetterBeerBlog. The idea for the blog was simple, blog about “better beer”. My initial intent was to pick up a couple of beers every week from my local BevMo and review them on this site. I had intended this blog to be a resource for beer reviews in an attempt to help the “Average Joe” (or Jane) make informed decisions about beer.

As you can probably guess, what I write about has expanded far beyond what my original intentions were. Yes, beer reviews will still be a part of the BetterBeerBlog content but I’ve expanded also to cover local beer events and festivals. As a homebrewer, I will gladly share with my readers the beers I make and as a Certified-level BJCP judge, I will try and show you the ins and outs of being a judge. It’s actually a lot of work. I will also do my best to introduce readers to the many craft brewers in my area. The San Francisco Bay Area has a vibrant craft beer scene that goes far beyond the local breweries, brew pubs and bars that I would love to share with you all.

Basically, this blog is about my adventures in craft beer. I hope you’ll join me for the ride.


Peter Estaniel

Mabuhay (pronounced mah-BOO-high) is a tagalog expression that can mean many things. Taken literally, it means “Life!”. Mabuhay is the tagalog equivalent of “cheers!” and it is in this context that I use it.

34 Responses to About

  1. JP says:

    Hi – I wanted to let you know about The Brewing Network’s 2nd Annual Winter Brews Festival. Can I email you our press release and info about the fest in hopes of getting some press from you? The fest is this Saturday in Berkeley.


  2. Lauren says:

    Hi Peter,

    My name’s Lauren, and I’m writing on behalf of Newcastle Brown Ale. We’re reaching out to bloggers in major cities across the country and sending fun Newcastle items to kick off the new year. May I have your address so that we can send you a mailer? My email is above. Thanks!


  3. Charaighn Sesock says:

    Can you please email me your contact information to send you info on Beer selections in the SF area?

    Thanks! cheers!

  4. Gary Martin says:

    I just found your beer site and have enjoyed exploring it. I personally can not think of drinking anything but a great microbrew or homebrew. Glad to have found your site.


  5. Hey Peter -

    Thought you might be interested in El Dorado Corner Cafe in Sonoma, CA – we have a great cult beer following up there. A couple of weeks back we tapped a keg of Pliny the Younger and had a crowd outside that wrapped around the block. Tomorrow night we’re tapping the new Brekle’s Brown from Anchor Steam. I’d love to tell you more and maybe get you information for your readers. Please let me know how best to send this info to you.



  6. Terry says:

    Here’s the short 3 minute video of “Popeye’s Beer Club” in Tokyo – the premier craft brew place in Japan. I spoke to you and the Mrs. about at Wine Affairs some time ago.
    70 Beers on tap, and a cool “Hop Heart”


    Their web site:

  7. Steve Parr says:


    I was looking at your beer blog and thought you might be interested in hosting an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) web banner on your website to earn profit for your site. It’s simple to participate.

    When your readers click on your AHA Web Banner they are redirected to the AHA’s online store. US, International, or Family memberships purchased by that click-through make money for your beer business. A one-year = $9, two-year = $10 & three-year = $11! Checks and reports are mailed quarterly.

    Because everything is tracked online, AHA Web Banners are 100% hassle free and can only earn you money.

    More information is available here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/grow-your-business/sell-aha-memberships

    If you’d like to participate, please let me know.

    Steve Parr
    Business Coordinator
    American Homebrewers Association

  8. Aaron says:


    I added a link to your blog on mine. If you want to add mine to yours, that would be appreciated!

    P.S. I like the photos in your blog. It’s a very attractive site overall.


  9. Peter,

    Diesel Books in Oakland is hosting the Algonquin Free Beer Tour this Thursday (June 9) at 7:oopm. Sponsored by Lagunitas this is a refreshingly smooth literary series that blends choice hops and literary chops. With stops in Milwaukee, Naperville, Boston, Austin, and Oakland, the Free Beer Tour showcases three Algonquin authors introducing their incredibly entertaining new works which are perfect (especially for the dudes) for summer reading. Complementing the literary entertainment, there will be beer tastings featuring the esteemed Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma, California. It’s an evening of pairing great books with great beer—and it sure as hell beats cutting the grass after work. Can I send you a press release and poster copy?




  10. Dina says:

    Hello Peter! I would like to email you information about Grovetoberfest taking place this coming October in Miami, Florida. I’m hoping that you can include this information in your blog. Would you be so kind as to drop me a line so that I can email you that information. Much appreciated!

  11. Latrese Burruss says:

    Hi there.
    I work with Pyramid Breweries and wanted to invite you to an event we’re hosting next week. Is there a way to contact you directly?

    Thanks in advance.

  12. Hi Peter, I wanted to add a book to the hopper. Have you read Everybody Eats Well in Belgium by Ruth VanWaerebeek? A classic on Belgian cuisine with a big section on cooking with beer. Ruth is a good buddy. We have shared recipes of hers with Garrett and Lucy over the years. Out of print but you can get used copies online. Hope we cross paths one of these days. Have a great weekend. Wendy

    • Peter says:

      Wendy, I haven’t seen that book but I’ll keep an eye out for it. I do have Garrett’s and Lucy’s books in the “library” at home though. Great reads.

  13. Hannah Simon says:

    Hi Peter,

    I wanted to email you about this but don’t see contact info – Beer Wiki partnered with ThirstyBear Brewing Co. in San Francisco to give away a prize pack ($25 gift certificate to ThirstyBear, ThirstyBear hat, ThirstyBear t-shirt) – please email me at hannah@wikia-inc.com if you want more information. We’d love to partner with you for future giveaways and contests… our Beer Wiki can be found here: beer.wikia.com


    Hannah Simon

  14. Ben says:


    I’m writing because I wanted to follow up about the Pacifico Adventures on Tap Tour. I know we first contacted you when the journey was just beginning, but now that it’s over I thought you might be interested in posting about how the trip ended up and the artwork that came out of it.

    This past June, to celebrate the introduction of Pacifico on tap in the US, Pacifico embarked on a road trip transporting kegs from Mexico to five US cities: Phoenix, San Diego, LA, San Francisco, and Seattle. Along the way, they enlisted the help of some great local artists to help turn five Pacifico kegs into works of art and to throw parties in each of the five cities.

    Here’s a highlight video of the trip we put together… http://vimeo.com/27120959

    We wanted to see if you would consider sharing the story of the Pacifco journey with your readers. I can offer you some Pacifico t-shirts for your time and to giveaway to your readers if you’re interested.

    I’ve also attached some of the artwork from the painted kegs and all the info/video you might need to share the story. Let me know what you think- we would really appreciate the help in spreading the awareness.

    Thanks so much,


    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PacificoBeer?sk=app_174791469243222

    Video: http://vimeo.com/27120959

  15. Jeanavive says:

    Hey Peter,

    Want to “tap” you for some resources for a inaugural beer fest in San Mateo for May 2012…looking forward to chatting….thanks!

  16. Norman says:

    Hi Peter:

    I do video profiles of interesting characters in my spare time. I’m looking to do a profile of a brew master who works at a small scale operation (prefer self owned) who might be an interesting character. Just wondered if you might know of someone you could pass along. Really enjoyed your blog!

    Here’s an example:


  17. Meredith says:


    I was super excited to find your blog. I like to read others thoughts on beer. I also have a beer blog, but I’ve only just started in the last few months. Do you have any pointers for a person just starting out?


  18. Pat says:

    Hi Pete , I just finished watching the Boonsville Beerfest event on the Art Mann show and there was a beer featured on the show called Redwood Curtain beer , they made it sound reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy good. Can you tell me if you know of this brand and how I may be able to purchase some. Mabuhay Pat

    • Peter says:

      I didn’t make it to the festival this year and I haven’t seen the episode on AMP yet but Redwood Curtin Brewing is in Arcata, north of Eureka. Here’s their website URL: http://www.redwoodcurtainbrewing.com/

      It looks like they have limited distribution. You’ll just have to take a road trip there to taste their beers. Good thing there are a lot of good breweries in the area.

  19. Ryan Moore says:

    Pretty sure we should be friends. I currently live in Salt Lake City. A small brew scene here but is growing. I just started a blog writing about me and my fiance’s travels to breweries, for we travel to pay homage to good beer. If you have time check it out. Again i just started it. More posts to come tho

    • Peter says:

      When I get a little downtime today, I’ll make sure to check your site out. If you want to check out a site about beer travel, you should look up Chris and Meredith at The Beer Geeks. They’ve been to over 750 breweries now.

  20. Bruce says:

    Where can I learn about upcoming events? I am mostly interested in beer pairing dinners. Everything seems to be written about past events which is a good teaser, but now I want to participate.

  21. Anne says:

    Hi Peter,
    Love the blog, especially the review of Japan Beer Times. I wanted to tell you about a new venture, craftbeertrader.com. Is there a way I could contact you directly?

  22. Gala says:

    Hi, Just wanted to reach out and provide you more info on the 4th Annual Chocolate and Beer Fest at the Craneway Pavilion coming up this February 16 2013.
    We are looking for more beers and chocolatiers, if someone is interested, please contact us. http://www.chocolateandbeerfest.com and http://www.craneway.com
    Gala, Craneway Pavilion.

  23. Hi Peter,

    I’m posting a beer blog on 4/22 and want to include one of your photos from the Boonville Beer Fest. Please contact me ASAP if that works for you.

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