Fine drinkers! The last month has been a tilt-a-whirl of travel for The Complete Beer Course. Over the course of 12 hours, I consumed beer in both Brooklyn and San Diego—and at 30,000 feet too—to kickstart a book tour that has not quite ended yet. In between drinking more than my recommended daily allowance of beer, as well as preparing for the impending birth of my daughter next month, I've been writing. Oh, have I been writing! So many words! So many, many words!
This dichotomy suits me like Savile Row's finest. I'm able to get out in the world and chitchat with folks, then retreat to my hermit cave and crank out stories like one of those monkeys tethered to a typewriter. Anyway, I digress. Which is sort of the point of writing on your own website, right? No editors to request that you turn your stories into a clickable slideshow or knock out a trend-driven story on, say, pumpkin beers or football season. It's tough being a writer in this attention-deficit Internet age. But you know what? There are far, far worse jobs out there in the world. Actually, that's a lie: newspaper reporter is the worst job.
So why do I do it? I like writing. And I like drinking beer. And I like investigating their delicious intersections. Without further hullabaloo, here are some of the stories I've penned over the last month. You'll want to crack a beer first.
First We Feast, "20 Beer Terms You Secretly Can't Explain": Or can you? That would really defeat this article's purpose.
Bon Appétit, "The Complete College Guide to Drinking Beer": Malt liquor and keg stands are nothing but a distant memory.
Bon Appétit, "Ten Great American Farmhouse Breweries": From Hill Farmstead to Ruhstaller, Old MacDonald most definitely had a beer.
Bon Appétit, "How the 10 Most Important Grains in Beer Affect Flavor": From oats to rye, here's why your beer drinks smooth and tastes spicy.
Imbibe, "The United States of Beer": My cover story this month is a state-by-state sampling of the nation's craft beers. P.S. It's only in the magazine.
Imbibe, "Average Joe": RateBeer's Joe Tucker has built a beer-review website for—and of—the people
The Denver Post, "Scouting GABF 2013": I report on the Northeast's best breweries to travel to Denver this year.
New York Post, "10 Brew-tiful Ways to Rock Oktoberfest": You're hungry for sausage, aren't you?
Maxim, "Seven Things Every Man Should Know About Oktoberfest": For starters, it actually begins in September.