I grew up in Southern California, the son of educators who also happened to be wine lovers.  My home was one of appreciating the good things in life, but frugally.  In addition, expression and communication were considered crucial to a successful life.  Writing, clear speaking, and clear conveyance of ideas were expected and demonstrated.  Fast forward to college; I arrived in Sonoma County, surrounded by wine again.  But I also discovered that there was more in the beer world than Keystone Light and Budweiser: there was Craft Beer.  From my first taste of Guinness Stout, I knew I could never go back to keg parties and beer-bongs.  Well, not completely, anyway.  Then I had my beer epiphany when I tried every Rogue beer the store had – there was so much more out there!  The more I explored the world of Craft Beer, the more I began to realize how little I knew.  Different hops, grains, yeast… it was an amazing world of alchemy and magic to me.  I began brewing my own beer finally, using the basic kit from a store, and brewed a weak, overly malted brown liquid that was STILL better than what was served at so many of the parties I had attended.  I tried again and the next one was better, so I knew it was just a matter of time before I got something really special.  At the same time, I kept my “research” going.  IPAs gave way to barleywines which gave way to outlandish chilli and smoke infused brews that would make your eyes water.  But the fact that they even existed was wonderful to me.  I love the adventure of finding new Craft Beers, and them sharing them with as many people as I can.

Along the way, I have always been a writer.  From bad, angst-ridden adolescent poetry in middle and high school, to my seemingly-never-to-be-finished novel, writing has always been a part of who I am.  When I found the chance to combine my two passions, I jumped at it.

You can find my other musings about beer and beer-related topics on these sites:

The Story of “Beer for the Daddy”

The phrase “Beer for the Daddy” might seem like an odd one to some; to others it’s a no-brainer. But the origin – at least in this case – comes from flightless birds, parental responsibility, and the mouths of babes.

In 2005, a documentary film called March of the Penguins was released to critical acclaim, becoming the second-highest grossing documentary film of all time (the first being Fahrenheit 9/11). It is the story of the emperor penguins of Antarctica, and the difficult conditions they live and survive under. Beautifully filmed and wonderfully narrated by Morgan Freeman (in the American version), viewers are treated to a stunning and moving experience unlike any other.

And as far as this blog goes, none of that matters.

You see, we (my wife and sons and I) rented March of the Penguins later that year and watched it together. We loved it. The story was engaging, the images were brilliant. We got to the part where the male penguins were huddled together protecting the eggs. The females are off on their epic journey to feed and then travel back to regurgitate for their newborn young that the father’s are now caring for. The narrator says something along the lines of “and the mothers arrive back with the fish for their babies.” Without missing a beat, my youngest son – age 3 at the time – said very matter-of-factly “…and beer for the daddy?”

8 Responses to “About”

  1. greetings! I’ve often noticed your posts when browsing the flipboard “home brewing” section… Is there a secret to posting there, is it a brewing journalist bloggers only, or is it an open community? What does one need to do to tweet there? Cheers!

  2. Btw… Thx for your work!

  3. First, I want to say thank you for being a voice for craft beer and for guys (and gal) like us. We appreciate all that you do and your work is truly an asset for the craft beer community.

    Lucky Town Brewing Company is a new planned brewery in Mississippi, and although there is no brewery within 150 miles of Jackson, the craft beer community here is thriving. As many of you know, Mississippi suffers from some of the strictest beer legislation in the country, which is one reason why there is only one production brewery located in Mississippi currently. Since the laws do not allow for many to bring their beer to Mississippi, we at Lucky Town intend to give the local craft beer enthusiasts a broader choice.

    Lucky Town recently launched a Kickstarter project, and our goal is to raise at least $20,000 to help cover some of our up front costs such as license fees, insurance costs, keg expenses, and ingredients costs among others. We raised over $6,000 in the first 10 days, and with the support we have locally we feel confident that we can reach our goal. We need your help to reach those who haven’t heard our story yet – please help us spread the word.

    You can find our Kickstarter page here:

    If you need any more information from us or if you would like to talk with us at Lucky Town, we would be more than willing to speak with you. For more information on our beers and bios, visit our website listed below in my signature. Feel free to follow us on twitter and facebook as well.

    Again, thank you for all that you do.

  4. Yes daddy always needs beer! Awesome blog name..

    After reading your blog I know that if you came through Toronto, Montreal, or Pennsylvania I could lead you to some spots you’d enjoy!



  5. Hi there,

    I really like your blog and was wondering if you accept guest posts. Please email me to discuss further. Thanks!

  6. We would like to know how we can be featured or reviewed in your brewery/brewpub/restaurant reviews or listings online. If you would please get in touch with us regarding any requirements. Our information is as follows:

    Ye Olde Brothers Brewery
    4458 Hwy 87
    Navarre, FL 32566


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