New Jersey Breweries, the new
brewery guidebook I wrote with Mark Haynie, is out now!
For a preview, take a look here.
Do you need new Lew every day? Click on over to my new
blog: Seen Through A Glass.
It's updated multiple times per week with fresh beer sassiness,
tasting notes, whiskey ramblings, and some other stuff that's just
there for fun.
Do you hate the PLCB,
Pennsylvania's archaic, paternalistic, Stalinist, state-controlled booze
bureaucracy? Read Lew's call to arms: Why
the PLCB Should Be Abolished!
options coming soon...
New Jersey Breweries
Preview New Jersey Breweries has arrived: get
a preview now. Amazon link coming soon, see launch
event and book-signing announcements here.
Update Get the latest on closings, moves, brewer changes, and new
breweries. August 27: Blue Canoe has opened at the site of the
old Four Sons in Titusville.
Epinions: Epinions is a product review
website. I don't write there any more, but I did about 80 beer and
whiskey tasting notes there in an effort to regain my writing style. I
was pleased with the result, and moved on, but the tasting notes are
still pretty good. Well, some of them are.
Drinks Links -- My favorite links. Mostly
booze-related, but not all. I don't link to just anyone, or link to
breweries or distilleries just because I know what the link is. These
are good stuff.
any brewery or brewpub or bar is interested in a signing, tasting, or
beer or whiskey dinner, drop
me a line and we'll schedule something.
I do private tastings
and events as well, in your home, at your business, or for your
fund-raiser. References available, reasonable rates; contact
7/6/08: Changes coming...
The 21 Legal Drinking Age is
STILL a Mistake. Here's
why.New stuff! 9/6: All that talk about New
Zealand raising their LDA? Sound and fury, signifying nothing.
to Barley: I've lost my dog, after 14 years. It's a rough
Update: we got a puppy. Not to replace Barley -- never --
but to fill the dog-sized hole in our family. He's a sweetie. See Penderyn's
The Czech Republic Trip(updated
1/10) -- Part IV of the Czech Republic trip: recent Czech
history, a little Semtex in the night, and an explosive finish to the
night. Plus more pictures. Take a look.
During my last book tour in western PA, I dropped in at the studios of
Craft Beer Radio and did an interview with co-host Jeff Bearer. Take
More Vintage Stuff,(7/8
update)Another old trip report, my first
Kentucky Bourbon Festival, back in 1998. All the bourbon you can
drink, steamy tents, battery-operated whiskey toys, and a zipper that
Go Pro: I got a
breathalyzer, and for $75, you can too. The CA2000 is FDA-certified, and
If you've never heard of me, here's a quick résumé.
Drinks writing doesn't pay well, involves lousy hours and lots of
dull travel, and doesn't get much respect. Here's why
I do it.
Brewers and Distillers: If you'd like to send me samples, please check out this
If you find any problems with this website,
please let me know. I've tried to make
it a fairly quick load for dial-up, with a minimum of graphics, easy to read,
and no animation or flash. That's what I like in a website.
is hosted by Lucky Cat Systems, which is
Mike "Scoats" Scotese, the owner of the bar where I hang out the most,
the Grey Lodge Pub in northeast Philly. I
figured I'd support a local businessman and good beer at the same time, and it's
worked out well. If you need Web hosting in this area, or a simple, inexpensive
website designed, Scoats will do you right. Drop
him a line.