An unabashed revision of a post that first appeared back in 2017, in response to a list from Paste Magazine. I thought it deserved an update, as the beer landscape, battered by Covid and economic upheaval, has changed radically.
It is categorically NOT impossible for an American brewery to flourish, expand, and PAY PEOPLE, including the owners, and not sell out to some mega-corp or brewing conglomerate. It is NOT the inevitable end-game of being a successful business.
If you can find Saxton Distillery Maple Bourbon and Snowdrop Gin, DO IT. Like right now. And sip with your jaw on your chest to keep it from falling on the floor.
Are these really, actually, LITERALLY the Best Beers being made in the US? NO, they are NOT. But they are EXCELLENT beers; ones that you SHOULD try if you profess to like beers at all.
This is such a pleasure to drink. It’s one of those extremely rare things you find usually only after a LONG search through the marketplace: Something For Everybody.
The whole culture of wine is and always has been, at least in part, about exclusion, of an established pecking order in wine consumption and appreciation that is as old as wine itself.
We should all rage. Every day…And along that way, we’ll all fall down, from time to time. But there is one thing you should embrace…Get Back Up.
You are 38, now. None of us wanted to say it but this changes the dynamic: you’re not what you once were…And legacies are a function of Time. They are not established in one or two years and how many do you have left?