A Certified Cicerone® takes the MBAA Beer Steward Exam

I recently passed the Master Brewers Association of the Americas’ Beer Steward exam. Some friends have asked why I bothered with it since I’m a Certified Cicerone®? It’s true, but I’m also a student of beer, and I’m a teacher of beer. There’s nothing I enjoy more than leading Craft Beer 101 at a local … Read more…

Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference 2017

I’m about to hit the road to Asheville to attend the first Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference, produced by the fine folks at Zephyr who are also behind the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference. June and I are regulars at the BBWC and I am expecting the BMTC to be great, but I’m sure the audience … Read more…

Welcome to the beta test: Middle Tennessee Ale Trail

Friends, I’ve let a few local beer lovers kick the tires and I think it’s time to share the Middle Tenessee Ale Trail with a wider audience. There’s still work to do, but I’d love any feedback you have. We’ve been working on this idea for a while and wanted to launch with a printed trail … Read more…

Is Your Beer Digestible?

What are some ways you describe beer? There are a lot of terms you hear all the time: malty, hoppy, sour, session, dark, heavy, etc. Descriptions help us talk about the beer we’re drinking. But have you ever said your beer was digestible? Yep, it’s a thing, especially in Belgium. Belgian brewers make use of … Read more…

What’s the difference between Abbey & Trappist ales?

If you’re on a journey to learn more about Belgian beer (and if you’re not, you should be), you may have wondered what is the deal with Trappist and Abbey ales? Are they the same? The simple answer is no, but it’s not that simple. There’s enough difference to write a book on the topic. Actually, … Read more…