Beer Industry Reacts to New Yorker Cover

Posted on: November 7th, 2014 by John Holl

The New Yorker released its annual food issue this week and before a hardcopy even arrived in my mailbox, my facebook feed was filled with pictures of the cover and friends in the beer industry talking about how cool it was and a sign that beer has “arrived.” The New Yorker asked artist Peter de Read more…

Precious Medals: Judging at the Great American Beer Festival

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by John Holl

Precious Medals: Judging at the Great American Beer Festival  By John Holl Tell people about this job you have to do and you might get a smirk or a raised eyebrow, or maybe some mock sympathy. However, judging at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is serious business. In the days leading up to America’s Read more…

Daniel Bradford: An Appreciation

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by John Holl

It was overcast but hot in San Diego on this particular afternoon four years ago, the first time I met Daniel Bradford. It was in a courtyard of an aging hotel and convention complex that was playing host to the annual Craft Brewers Conference and he and I were the only two wearing suit jackets. Read more…

Year Zero For Beer

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 by John Holl

If 2014 Was “Year Zero” For Beer By John Holl  Drinking beer can cause the mind to wander, and to ponder the important questions of our time. Sometimes it can even lead to intriguing hypotheticals. That’s where I found myself several weeks ago when I was having beers with Matt Kirkegaard, an Australian journalist who Read more…