Author: Jay R. Brooks

Jay Brooks is a freelance beer writer who lives and drinks in northern California. When sober, he spends his days wandering the streets and caring for his two kids, Porter and Alice.

Just Say Know: Beer School Goes to College Feature by

No beer school program, no matter how rigorous, should be considered complete, in and of itself. One course, certificate or degree does not an expert make. They are but a starting point.

Homebrew Clubs and Brew-on-Premise Feature by

The resurgence in homebrewing is ultimately good news for the entire brewing world. Get a quick history of the American Homebrewers Association and learn about Brew-On-Premise (or BOP) companies, which offer an alternative to brewing in your kitchen.

Beer Rocks: The Organized Chaos of Brewers and Their Music Feature by

Both musicians and brewers express themselves as artists by putting a lot of themselves into their craft; be it a new Stout or a new song. It’s no huge surprise then, given these fundamental similarities, that many brewers are also musicians and many breweries have their own bands.

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth: An Affectionate Look at the More Beer-Obsessed Among Us Feature by

The landscape of the beer geek is as rich and varied as the outside world; a microcosm of society as a whole.

Nice Cans! How the Aluminum Can Is Making a Triumphant Return to Respectable Society Feature by

Ordering a can of beer has always been trouble. Call for one and you run the risk of being identified as an unsophisticated ignoramus and subjected to ridicule at the hands of even the most open-minded beer geeks.