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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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Beer and Cheese Pairing Notes, December 2015

My apologies for the infrequency of these dispatches, they have become a casualty of my success both with the beer program and with the writing phase of my professional life. In other words, the beer program’s success began to involve … Continue reading

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