Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers in Chicago & at Dark Lord Day in April!

My first visit to the Windy City will be a momentous one. Not only will I be doing a book-signing event at one of the coolest craft beer bars in the Midwest, Northdown Cafe & Taproom, I'll finally get to attend and do a book signing at Three Floyds' Dark Lord Day.

The Northdown event will be in the late afternoon, so you can still make it over to the Metal Alliance tour with Behemoth, Goathwhore, 1349, Inquisition and Black Crown Initiate later that same evening at the House of Blues. So if you couldn't get a ticket to Dark Lord Day, here's your chance to get an autographed copy of my book from me. As usual, I'll have copies for sale for $20 ea. and I can now take cash, check or credit card.

And, yes, Dark Lord Day is totally sold out already. But if you're one of the 6,000-plus attending, look for me amidst the chaos of amazing beer and amazing music from Witchbanger, Iron Reagan, Brain Tentacles, Correction House, Vulgaari, Eyehategod and High On Fire.

• Friday, 4/25: Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, from 4–7 pm. I will be joined by some very special guests who will be there signing books with me. Map

• Saturday, 4/26: Dark Lord Day at Three Floyds Brewery, 9750 Indiana Pkwy, Munster, IN, from 10 am to 10 pm. You have to have a ticket for this event, which are long sold out. But if you DO have a ticket, come buy a book! Map

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bringing the Brewtal Truth to Tucson, Arizona!

I'll be hitting the road in mid-March to do two book-signing events in a much warmer climate. It's purely coincidental that, as a huge baseball fan, I'll be heading to Arizona. These events, however, are a couple hours southeast of MLB's Cactus League Spring Training facilities in the Phoenix area. Yep, I'm heading to Tucson.

Sunday, March 16, I'll be selling and signing copies of The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers at the Tucson Festival of Books. This free literary fest is held on the University of Arizona campus every year and attracts more than 100,000 book nerds attendees. I'll be set up in the Author Pavilion West from 9:30–11:30 am. This will be my first "dry" event. Sorry. If you're like me and you're into books, the event itself is worth coming out for. Plus, it's free.

• [VENUE CHANGE!] Wednesday, March 19, I'll be selling and signing books at 1702/The Address Brewing (1702 E. Speedway Blvd), starting at 8 pm. There will be beer sold here, and lots of it. Might even be a few beers featured in my book on tap at the event. I'll also have some Uinta swag to give away for anyone who buys a copy of my book.

Come on out and celebrate extreme beer with me, Arizona!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tasting Extreme Beers on Shaw TV!

Shaw TV Vancouver Island reporter Sucheta Singh interviewed me about my book recently at Cook St Liquor. Watch as I show off some British Columbia examples of extreme beers from Howe Sound, Lighthouse and Russell.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Four Brewtal Truth Book Signing Dates in the Pacific Northwest!

In two weeks, I'll be hitting the road for some book signing events in the Northwest (see below). This is where my craft beer odyssey started, so I'm excited to visit Seattle (twice), Portland and Eugene over the course of a week. Hope to see you there!

I'll have books will be for sale at every event, but feel free to bring your own to have me sign it if you've purchased it elsewhere.

• Saturday, 12/7: Brouwer's Cafe, 400 N 35th st, Seattle, starting at 4pm. This amazing event will feature special guest Todd Haug, head brewer of Surly Brewing, who will be bringing seven Surly beers that will be on tap (including the three I included in my book). Map

• Thursday, 12/12: The Beer Junction, 4511 California Ave SW, West Seattle, from 5-8 pm. There will also be a Ninkasi tasting. You can sample 5 different Ninkasi beers for $4. Map

• Friday, 12/13:  Ninkasi tasting room, 272 Van Buren St, Eugene, OR, from 6-7:30 pm. Map

• Saturday, 12/14: Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR, starting at 5pm. Map

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers is Finally Out!

The official release date for the book is actually November 12, but you can now go online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's and other online retailers and order it. Finally! In fact, there's a shortcut to the book on Amazon to the right of the this post. If you're ready to place your order, please do use that link. Order now and you'll have it in your hands long before the actual release date!

In the coming weeks, I'll be using this blog and other social media to promote book signing events and other happenings, so stay tuned. I'd also encourage you to, if you do purchase the book, please leave a review on Amazon or B&N or wherever—whether it's positive or negative.

And if anyone from a book store, bottleshop, brewpub, pub or brewery is reading this and is interested in having me do a book signing event. Please get in touch at brewtaltruth at

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Beer Fest + Birthday = Best Weekend of the Year

The last two years, one of the two days of the Great Canadian Beer Festival (this year, Sept 6-7) has fallen on my birthday. Needless to say, last year much celebrating was done with a beer in my hand. It'll no doubt be the same this year.

The GCBF is an interesting event and, as far as festivals go, a good place to celebrate a birthday. It is tiny compared to Great American Beer Festival standards (8,000 attendees vs. 49,000; 55+ breweries vs. 600+), but there's no shortage of good craft beer to be had. And the setting—outside, with lots of room to move around—is way preferable to Denver's packed, weirdly lit convention center.

The Victoria, BC-based fest—now in its 21st year—has been improving annually since I've been a regular attendee (from about 2007, I think). Not only is BC beer getting better and better (and there's way more of it now), the quality of breweries attending from other provinces and the U.S. Northwest has gotten dramatically better. Many of the breweries bring a special cask beer for each day and there's a good mix of styles to be tasted.

This year, there are even after-fest parties at a couple of the bars in Victoria! Irish Times is hosting a New Belgium event (which is brand new to the province) on Friday and Saturday, while The Guild is featuring a tap takeover by Upright and Gigantic from Portland on Friday.

Dig the Municipal Waste hat. A trve craft beer fan.
My only complaint about the GCBF is that many of the BC breweries are a little conservative in the lineup of beers that they bring. Some I can list off the top of my head—they trot out the same three or four every year like clockwork. There's just nothing "festive" about beers that can be purchased at any store or pub in BC year-round.

The attitude at the GABF seems to be dramatically different. There, the brewers, who are keenly aware that their beer is being scrutinized and tasted not only by the public, but by the 600 other brewers, bring beers that create buzz and attention. They bring interesting, special brews designed to impress. The brewers participating in GCBF could take a cue from that.

Don't get me wrong, many of them do bring some unique and interesting beers, but there are too many that seem like they are participating because they have to, not because they want to actively promote their beers and craft beer in general. Craft beer drinkers in BC are more knowledgeable today than they were five years ago. They're thirsty for new, interesting brews when they go to festivals like this. It would be nice if all the breweries rose to the challenge and tried to impress them.

I can't complain, though. There aren't too many weekends of the year, where I get to try new beers all day. And celebrate my birthday, to boot.

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Weekly Brewtal Truth Posts On The Deciblog

Though this blog has, uh, evolved over the years (a kind way of saying it's gone to weed a few times as I figured out what I wanted to do with it), I have basically stayed away from writing, for lack of a better word, beer reviews. I'm still not actually doing that here, but I thought I could at least mention a new weekly piece I'm writing for Decibel magazine's Deciblog. Every Friday at noon Eastern time I'll be posting something about a currently available beer that I give the Brewtal Truth stamp of approval to. There won't be any ratings or critical assessments, just some tasting notes and the usual tangential nonsense. Just another way to continue to bring craft beer to the extreme music crowd. I've already done two posts, which can be found here and here. A third one will arrive this Friday, and it'll have a late-'80s Seattle theme. You won't want to miss it. I swear.