Beer love. ❤️
(via Ballast Point FB)

Love us some Ballast Point! Plus they’ve got one of our favorites in our growing craft brewery coasters collection.


If you missed it last week (like we did) Thrillist has an entertaining, if not entirely comprehensive, ranking of all 50 states by the number of breweries therein. Each state gets an often humorous blurb summarizing the wonderful breweries therein or the lack there of.

Our home state of Illinois ranks in at an impressive #13, and the write-up is spot on:

It marked the end of a craft beer era in Illinois when Goose Island was bought out by the big boys, but it remains a local fixture, and all the whimpers about “selling out” seem to mysteriously vanish anytime they’re releasing a special Bourbon County Stout variant as everyone scrambles to get their hands on some. 

What do you think of your state’s rank?


Hey there Tumblr! We’re beginning the process of migrating from our existing site to have all of our content hosted here in the Tumblsphere.

This means we’ll be reposting some of our best content from the old site right here. Expect to see some long-form feature articles, a guest post or two, and the return of Great Form Friday, a series centered on beer packaging and identity design that the old platform wasn’t quite suited for.

Thank you as always for following and being such wonderful, beautiful people. We’d have a pint with any of ya!

The Hobbit movie themed beers are coming soon to the Pacific North West. According to reps from distributor Bev-Link they will expand distribution to the rest of the West Coast soon thereafter with no plans for a wider release. Brewed by Fish Brewing Company, an Olympia, WA brewery with several GABF wins under their belt. 

However potentially delicious these beers may be, their labels are kind of ugly. I would be much more interested in trying these if they felt less like a cheap marketing tie-in. They’re a bit homogenous, rather expected, which is the exact opposite of what a fantasy-adventure themed beverage ought to communicate.

If these pursued an aesthetic closer to the wonderful Ommegang Game of Thrones bottle series I’d be much more invested in seeking them out. Granted, the Hobbit movies haven’t exactly been subtle up to this point either (but don’t get me started on that never-ending tangent…seriously I’ll talk your ears off).

Gollum Precious Pils - Imperial Pilsner with Northwest hops - 9.5% abv

Bolg Belgian Style Tripel - 9.5% abv

Smaug Stout - Imperial Stout with chili pepper - 9.5% abv

Craft Beer and Alcohol Abuse

The world lost an awesome person yesterday. Robin Williams struggled with substance abuse his entire life, and by his own comedic admissions did so to drown out the sadness that eventually overtook him (he specifically joked about the cycle of abuse in A Night At the Met)

If you struggle with substance abuse please seek help. Tell a friend, tell a family member, but first unfollow us. The last thing we want to be is someone’s temptation to return to abusing alcohol. Beer is itself a wonderful thing, and craft beer is exciting to talk about, but for some it is one of many keys which unlocks demons one cannot hope to fight alone. -

Tomorrow we’ll return to fun posts about craft beer and brewing, but today we’d like to do the unpopular thing and abstain in deference to those for whom alcohol is a temptation.