Seasonally adjusted beers: A Q&A with Randy Mosher

TWO AUTHORS dominate the beer section of my bookshelf: the late-British newspaperman Michael Jackson, and Randy Mosher, the Chicago-based author whose Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer are bibles for any beer enthusiast.

When Mosher stopped in town last week with his latest, Beer for All Seasons (Storey), I couldn’t pass up a chance to sit down for a couple of beers.

Here’s an edited excerpt of our conversation.

SIXPACK: Your latest book looks at the tradition of seasonal beers. Where did they ...

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Lazarus beers: 6 brands that should be raised from the dead

WHEN PEOPLE ask me to name my favorite beer, I usually say, “My next one.”

But beer drinkers can be a nostalgic sort (you still know the words to the Schaefer jingle, right?), and sometimes I find my thoughts drifting back to beers of the past – beers that are gone but not forgotten.

We’ve got a lot of them in Philly, of course: Schmidt’s, Esslinger, Gretz, Ortlieb’s and so on.

A couple weeks ago, WIP sports talker Glen Macnow and I ...

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The best of Philly Beer Week: 6 new beers & 6 new bars

OPENING Tap… Varga Bar’s Pints & Pinups Block Party… Fishtown FestivAle…. The Great Beer Expo.

These are the anchors of Philly Beer Week that deserve all the attention they get. But each edition of the vaunted citywide celebration gives beer lovers a chance to dig deeper into the local scene – a new bar, a new beer.

You’ll find plenty of gems if you comb through the hundreds of events at and its free smartphone app. Here are ...

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Speed brewing: 5 days to fermented fun

MARY IZETT just gave us the book we’ve all been waiting for: a book that teaches us not only how to brew, but how to brew fast.

I’m talking five days from boiled wort to cold brew in your pint glass. That’s, like, 10 days faster than normal, which is a lifetime when you’re thirsty.

Speed Brewing (Voyageur Press) is the answer to the all-important question: Why should I homebrew when I can just run down to the deli and grab a ...

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How to tell ‘phony’ craft beer from ‘real’ craft beer

NEWS ITEM: A California beer drinker has filed a class-action lawsuit against MillerCoors for deceptive advertising in marketing its Blue Moon label as a craft beer.

This is possibly the stupidest beer-related lawsuit since a California lawyer went after Anheuser-Busch a couple of years ago for watering down its beer. A judge eventually tossed the case because everyone knows Bud is supposed to taste that way.

I have no doubt the Blue Moon lawsuit is headed for the same fate.

Yes, ...

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What to do with weeds: Make beer with ’em

YOU AND I walk through the woods and we see trees and bushes and thorny things. Tess Hooper, a young environmental educator at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, in Upper Roxborough, sees the makings of a fine beer.

“This is a staghorn sumac,” she said, nodding toward the kind of tree I’ve seen sprout dozens of times on vacant lots. “It bears these red cones that are like fruit. You could make beer with them.”

Hmm . . . I ...

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Why I’m lacing up for the Broad Street Run

THE FIRST TIME I did the Broad Street Run, I did it with a bottle of Red Stripe in my hand.

I should mention that, by “did,” I mean that I lazily watched from a lawn chair outside the old Daily News building, at Broad and Callowhill, and helpfully shared a swig or two with passing runners.

That was about 20 years ago, when I was more likely to moonwalk – like, on the actual moon – than run 10 miles ...

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The best ale trails in the east

LAST WEEK’S column focused on beer travel overseas. Of course, you don’t have to go that far this summer. Right here in the good ol’ U S of A, there are plenty of beer-centric travel destinations. Indeed, regional tourism agencies have set up easy-to-follow travel guides from New England to Southern California.

These ale trails are more than just your usual beer-soaked pub crawl. They’re an opportunity to see America and meet the people behind the nation’s still growing small brewery ...

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The surprise of beer travel

THIS IS my year for beer travel, with group tours planned to Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria, as well as several Eastern U.S. destinations. I got things started earlier this month by leading about 150 beer lovers on a very cool river cruise to the Netherlands and Belgium.

Eight breweries, two lectures, a beer dinner and many onboard bottle-shares later, and I’m left with exactly what I look for in travel: a sense of surprise.

Here are a few ...

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