What a couple of interviews I had with Almanac Beer co-founders Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan! In March, Jesse showed me around the brewery and gave me a clinic on brewing beer the Almanac way. Of course, that mean he spent a lot of time talking about the crafting of sour ales and infusing them with local fruit. I spoke with Damian a couple months later on the phone, who filled me more on the business end and Almanac’s central mission to bring a sense of community to their California tap room and support local farmers who provide the fruit they showcase in their ales.
The article was a few months in the making, and it all came together nicely in the Fall Harvest Issue of Edible East Bay. You can check it out here:
Some people know the East Bay town of Pleasanton once was a center of hop farming, but did you know a hundred years ago it supplied around 10% of our countries hops? I learned that and lot of other interesting nuggets along the way while writing about how Pleasanton got its hops back in the latest issue of Edible East Bay. It’s the story of the death of hop farming a hundred years ago in Pleasanton and its small rebirth recently by some dedicated hop growers which I hope you’ll enjoy. And hey, they even put the hops on the cover in the form of graceful drawings from artist Susan Tibbons. It’s a good issue, hope you check it out!
Bison Brewing’s Dan Del Grande (photo from Edible East Bay)
If you ask me, Bison Brewing’s Daniel Del Grande is one of the sharpest environment activists in the brewing business, with a keen sense on how to use capitalism to further a pro-environmental agenda. Which made for a good article in the latest issue of Edible East Bay, which you can read at the link below.
One of the cool things that comes with writing about beer is that I get to meet the people behind my favorite breweries. Like Barry Braden and Alex Tweet, co-founders of Berkeley’s Fieldwork, who generously gave their time one afternoon to discuss how their brewery came to be and how they concoct their brews. They do some pretty novel things with hops….and sea salt…and other things like coconut. I enjoyed telling their for a story in the current issue of Edible East Bay and hope you enjoy reading it. You can find it here:
It’s the story of how 21st Amendment’s new brewery in San Leandro, CA is revitalizing a tired, industrial neighborhood. I’ve written a lot of things I’ve been proud of, but this article ranks of one of the highest because this story is about how beer truly matters. You can read it on the Edible East Bay website here.