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October 24, 92Y

Big A–ed Reds 92Y, October 24 Instructors: Martin Johnson (The Joy of Cheese), Michael Whidden (Regal Wines) Carol Shelton “Wild Thing” Zinfandel 2016 (Mendocino County, California) Spirited and zesty, satisfying deep body, with lively cherry and smoky cracked pepper flavors that … Continue reading

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At VinePair on Pilsners

Pilsners Are an Elegant Outlier to the Craft Beer Hype Machine   words: MARTIN JOHNSON Pilsners have one of the most dynamic backstories in beer. The style was developed in the Czech village of Pilsen in the first half of the 19th … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, Collected

For about five years, approximately 2009-2014, I did a regular blog post called Fromage of the Day where I introduced and paired a cheese then I compared it to a cultural touchstone. Here’s a grouping of them. https://thejoyofcheese.wordpress.com/?s=Fromage+of+the+Day

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At VinePair on Cheese and Craft Beer

This isn’t your usual what IPA to pair with Roquefort kind of piece. The Craft Beer and Cheese Businesses Have a Lot in Common, But Only One Is Surging words: MARTIN JOHNSON illustration: DANIELLE GRINBERG     On a blustery, wintry day in … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Beer

When I’m not in the food biz, I work as a freelance journalist and my most visible regular outlet is the Wall St. Journal, where I write about jazz. In 2014, they let me write about beer on occasion.  These … Continue reading

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When Will They Get It

I wish owners owners of places with great beer programs would understand the value of what they have. Last night, I was at a bar/casual restaurant, a couple of barstools down from two young women and the owner was chatting … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between Working in Cheese and Working in Beer

So what’s the difference between working in cheese and working in beer? I get that question about once a week from my regulars at the job at Westside Market’s East Village location in Manhattan.  My answer depends on how much … Continue reading

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