Author: Matt Kettmann

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A recovering homebrewer who now makes a little wine, Matt Kettmann is the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent and a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast, where he reviews about 200 Central Coast wines per month.

Appellation Ales: Sipping on the Frontlines of America’s Hybrid Revolution Feature by

There’s a growing wine-beer movement across the country, from the coasts of Oregon to Midwestern prairies and even Texas hill country. Brewhouses stacked high with barrels are increasingly looking and acting like wineries.

Drought vs. Draft: California Craft Breweries Innovate, Conserve, and Pray to Combat Four Years of Little Rain Feature by

While green lawns go brown, farms go fallow, and everyone is asked to cut their water usage at every turn, beer drinkers are forced to consider whether their favorite drink is worth such a reservoir-sucking impact.