How Pleasanton Got Its Hops Back: In Edible East Bay

hops coverSome 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!

Daniel Del Grande of Bison Brewing builds supply and demand for organics….now in Edible East Bay

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.

Brewer with a Cause: Bison Brewing’s Daniel Del Grande builds supply and demand for organics

The Inspired Brews of Fieldwork….now in Edible East Bay

Barry Braden (l)  and Alex Tweet (r) of Fieldwork

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:

The Inspired Brews at Fieldwork

21st Amendment helps build a San Leandro neighborhood….the story in Edible East Bay

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.