Category Archives: Series

Beer Flight

the art of enjoying beer

By Matt Abendschein

Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Grab a beer
Step 2: Open the beer (if on draft, disregard this step)
Step 3: Drink the beer

Simple, right? Not necessarily nowadays. New social beer norms seem to have gotten jumbled within those three easy steps and have made me question whether or not beer is truly being enjoyed anymore.

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(mis)adventures in Denver: GABF part 1

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It’s a packed house at Freshcraft

By Daniel Reifsnider

As I’m sure all of you already know, the Great American Beer Festival ended over two weeks ago, and the subsequent hangover is finally starting to subside for us here at Stay Hoppy. Suffice it to say we hit it hard, and GABF hits hard back. Sadly, we were warned last year, but we thought we could overcome, but if this ongoing hangover is any indication we should’ve listened better.

Let’s just start at the beginning and see if we can find our way back. Be sure to check out the end for the highlights if you’re one of those tl;dr people.

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volunteers: real american beer-oes featuring jason freed

By Carlos Arellano

You know those folks who poured you a fresh beer at your favorite brewery last weekend? Chances are they were probably volunteering that day. Heck, they probably started out as volunteers and got lucky enough to land a full time gig. Some of your favorite beers have been brewed by hard working people who started volunteering at the brewery and moved on up to that dream job. But, is it really a dream job? Most people don’t realize how much hard work goes into making the beverage we hold dear to our hearts. If you’re interested in working at a brewery this series of interviews might encourage you… or make you think twice about taking the difficult challenge. We talked to some of Austin’s finest breweries searching for folks who took this path and tried to shed some light on these real American Heroes Beer-oes.

Rich Homie Jason Freed

Beer Barron Jason Freed of Hops & Grain Brewing (Photograph by Tyler Malone, The Second Shooter)

First up in this series is a dear friend of ours, Jason Freed from Hops & Grain Brewing. If you’ve ever been to the H&G taproom, you’ve probably seen or talked to him. If you haven’t been, what the heck is wrong with you!? Go this weekend and say hi to some of our pals. Jason will be the dude walking around in the Nascar-style H&G hat, waterproof boots and drenched shirt. He’s probably been there that day since before you woke up. Although, to be fair, that describes most of the H&G staff. Let’s get to it!

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