June 11, 2010

Tap This: Pliny the Elder

by CJ Mattiola

Pliny the Elder (Gaius Plinius Secundus) was a Roman author and naturalist. He and his contemporaries are also known to have created the botanical name for hops. Because of this, Russian River Brewing Company of Santa Rosa, California made a beer in his honor and it is DELICIOUS. Pliny the Elder (the beer) is a […]

May 7, 2010

Tap This: Fuck Idaho (A Strong Brown Ale)

by CJ Mattiola

First of all, I have no issues with Idaho. Matter of fact, I have never even been to the state. However, if it were not for the hatred my friend Stanton developed for the state as he was stuck there for almost 2 years on a project, my first strong beer may not have been […]

March 22, 2009

Tap This: Ales

by CJ Mattiola

Sketch of a Medieval Brewery. Ales were the beverage of choice in Medieval times for most people, including children. Dirty river water was unpleasant to drink and milk went rancid easily. They even drank it for breakfast! Ales are brewed using top fermenting yeast, which ferments the beer quickly producing a sweet, fruity taste. In […]