Beer Worth Earning

Beer for Hydration

Beer for Hydration

Searching for the elusive answers on why that post-run beer is so satisfying By Derrick Peterman Visit a brewpub around the finish line of any running race and it will likely be full of giddy and a few gimpy runners celebrating with a post-race brew — ‘carbo-loading and fluid replacement’ some will justify their indulgence with a wink and a smile. Runners aren’t alone. Kayakers, rock climbers, mountain bikers, and skiers also have a proclivity for cracking open a cold one or two after a day of play. It seems beer follows outdoor sports so naturally and effortlessly, one can’t help wonder if there’s some sort of mysterious cause and effect going on, something more than just the pleasure of cold beer to parched lips and the relaxing effects after physical stress. So I asked myself a couple questions: Does beer have critical nutrients the body needs to recover from...
On ASJ’s “Earn Your Beer” tagline:

On ASJ’s “Earn Your Beer” tagline:

When we adopted the “Earn Your Beer” tagline a little over a year ago, we considered some of the perhaps negative connotations it might engender. We adopted it as a replacement for our previous tagline, “The Magazine of Adventure Culture,” which we thought was a little pretentious, stuffy and long in the tooth. The “Earn Your Beer” tagline is meant to be a pithy quip, a non-literal motivational message stated in a slightly more, shall we say, spirited, clever way than, “Get Off the Couch!” … in a way that we think captures a large cross-section of outdoor enthusiasts, even if they don’t like or drink beer. The tagline also dovetails with occasional editorial coverage in ASJ of regional craft breweries, an industry we consider symbiotic in many ways to the outdoor industry. Craft breweries and the folks that appreciate their brews are cut from similar cloth of those that...
Drinking Local in the High Sierra:  Mammoth Brewing

Drinking Local in the High Sierra: Mammoth Brewing

The tasting room. Photo courtesy of Mammoth Brewing Co.By Derrick Peterman, The Beer Runner Hearing the words “head for the mountains” brings back awkward college memories of swilling cheap Busch beer in college back in the ‘80s. Thankfully in our more enlightened times, heading for California’s Sierra Nevada mountains won’t lead you to a skunky brew, but to some fine beers, like those of Mammoth Brewing Company. Located in Mammoth Lakes on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, the brewery was founded by Sam Walker in 1995, who sold it to current owner Sean Turner in 2006. Turner explains that what makes his beer unique is that at 8,000 feet water boils at 198 degrees Fahrenheit, rather than 212 degrees at sea level, resulting in a softer flavor profile during the brewing process. He also adds that at 8,000 feet, the mountain water they use is as...
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

“Great Beer, made right here” We started with some hops and a dream. A dream to become a community place for great food, beer, and conversation. A decade after a few locals got together, our award-winning restaurant has surpassed that dream. Today, we’ve become a favorite for locals and a destination spot for world travelers to come together to celebrate food, friends, and fun. Our coastal venue creates a magical alchemy for a memorable time: excellent food, handcrafted beer brewed fresh onsite, an award-winning dog-friendly patio, blazing fire pits, a tranquil view of the harbor, and close proximity to Mavericks, perhaps the most notorious wave in history. We’re not the only ones who think we’re special: In 2011, Travel + Leisure magazine selected us as one of America’s Best Beach Bars. We think you’ll agree. email: manager@hmbbrewingco.com Half Moon Bay Brewing Co...
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