Dogs, Books, and Beer. Not necessarily in that order.

Ruthless Rye

Sierra Nevada Ruthless RyeAnother week gives way to another weekend. And what a busy week it was. I seem to be coordinating and correcting a ton of projects right now, having just wrapped up Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six, and working concurrently on Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Four, Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess, Bradley P. Beaulieu’s The Straits of Galahesh, Laird Barron’s The Croning, and Mary Gentle’s The Black Opera. It’s a lot of juggling (and unfortunately, my training is in fire-breathing), but all the balls seem to be remaining in the air. Continue reading

The Vixen

Samuel Adams The VixenRandy and Jan invited us over for enchiladas tonight, so earlier today, when I stopped by Petaluma Market for a few necessities, I picked up a little something that caught my eye: The Vixen, a chocolate chili bock from Samuel Adams. An “Ale brewed with cinnamon and with spices and cocoa nibs added,” The Vixen sports an attention-grabbing label, featuring a lovely blonde, rose clenched in her teeth, eyebrow provocatively arched. Can’t resist a pinup. And the ingredients? Promising. Continue reading

Butchertown Black Ale

Speakeasy Butchertown Black AleThird time’s the charm.

I have the best intentions in writing these reviews. I believe that brewing is one of the hallmarks of civilization, and that by sharing my thoughts on quality adult beverages with you, I somehow enrich your lives. Continue reading

Armageddon IPA

Epic Armageddon IPAI’m having an epic day. Not only did I just realize it’s a three-day weekend, but I got word earlier today that Publishers Weekly have given my anthology The Book of Cthulhu a coveted starred review. In the book biz, that means you’ve done something right.

So I’m marking the moment with an Epic Armageddon IPA, which comes “All the way from New Zealand.” Continue reading

Hoptologist DIPA

Knee Deep Hoptologist DIPAOne of the risks in reviewing adult beverages: a high ABV may lead to a missed review. That’s what happened with Knee Deep Brewing Company’s Hoptologist DIPA, which I purchased, photographed, and enjoyed a couple weeks ago, but forgot to write a review. At 9% and 102 IBU, this one packs a wallop, so in the interest of SCIENCE! here’s a second attempt. Continue reading

Wreck the Halls

Full Sail Wreck the HallsThe Holiday season is here, evidenced by the lit-up tree in my living room, the boat parade tooting along the Petaluma River, and Jennifer’s stockpile of toy donations preventing me from accessing my turntable and bookshelves T through Z. Christmas chaos… not to mention carols, shopping, and panic… will soon be unavoidable. Continue reading

Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer DIPA

Trader Joe's Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer DIPAFriday night seems to be as much about celebrating the things you managed to get done over the course of the week as it is about recognizing that there were a few things that just plain aren’t going to get done, things that are just going to have to wait for Monday.

In that spirit, I’m marking this Friday night with a Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer Double IPA, a $2 bomber from Trader Joe’s. Continue reading

Damnation Batch 23

Russian River Damnation Batch 23It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Last weekend, I was up at BizarroCon, sharing good company, good beer (including some incredible home brews), and a love of strange literature with a hundred awesome people. I returned to Petaluma via train (reading an outstanding manuscript on the ride back), arriving home revitalized and re-energized (in spite of an impending nasty cold) and kicked off a Thanksgiving Twitter fundraising challenge, #FeedCthulhu, that raised more than $750 for hunger relief. Continue reading

Allies Win the War!

21st Amendment Allies Win the War!Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, call it what you will, the holiday not only commemorates the end of the War to End All Wars (ah, if only that name had been more accurate), but also pays tribute to those who serve this country (too often giving all). Plus, it’s a whole lot of elevens–particularly this year. And who doesn’t like the number eleven? Continue reading

Jack D’Or Saison Americaine

Pretty Things Jack D'OrTonight, I’m kicking it with a Pretty Things Jack D’Or. It’s a Saison Americaine. And there’s a lemon with a mustache on the label. That bodes well. Continue reading