Author Archives: Zymurgy Bob

The Tao of Taos

After the hard work in Albuquerque, we spent a couple of days in Taos, working just a little bit less hard. Taos is loaded with art galleries, many of them excellent. My favorite we discovered inside a dark adobe doorway, … Continue reading

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The Great (But Almost Airborne) Albuquerque Book Signing

On the way to Albuquerque, we had asked Agnes the GPS shrew to show us motels close to Victor’s Grape Arbor, where we had set up a book signing for my book Making Fine Spirits, with Michelle the owner, for … Continue reading

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Day Two of the Winemaker Magazine Conference

The second day starts much as the first did, but without the registration. I hit the conference breakfast of fruit, sweet rolls, and coffee as I did the day before, already fortified by a real breakfast. The same friendly crowd … Continue reading

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My Fourth First Day of the Winemaker Magazine Conference

The first day of each Winemaker Magazine conference has fallen into a comfortable pattern. Grab a real breakfast about 6:30, because the pastries and fruit breakfast at the conference won’t keep me going until lunch. Hit the conference registration table … Continue reading

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Warming up for the Winemaker Magazine Conference with Agnes and a Bowing Contest

After starting the day with a stop at the Seven Bridges Cooperative homebrew supply store in Santa Cruz, I cruised around beautiful Monterey Bay to locate both my motel and the Monterey Marriott hosting the Winemaker Magazine conference, guided all … Continue reading

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Sierra Moonshine, The New Monitor, Missing Batteries, and Aluminum Boilers

Today saw me leaving my comfortable and well-fed digs high atop the Sierras, to perform my standard dog-and-pony show and Making Fine Spirits book-signing at Sierra Moonshine Brew Supply, in Grass Valley California. The long route took me through the … Continue reading

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Getting High on Sierras, Slow Food, and Appreciative Bears

With a few days between book signings, I’m staying at the house of a dear old friend, in stunningly beautiful country, some odd patches of snow remaining, high atop the crest of the Sierras, overlooking the Tahoe basin. Ok, in … Continue reading

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A Grand Day Out (Only With Beer Instead of Cheese)

When I drove into the parking lot and saw brewers setting up their gear outside, I knew that I was in the right place. Not only would I be doing my standard spiel and Making Fine Spirits book-signing at NorCal … Continue reading

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Of Hospitals, Being Late, and Laughing Hard

Day 2 of the 2013 second annual cross-country Zymurgy Bob book scramble, lecture series, and serial cluster-(bleep), and things aren’t looking much better. Starting the morning in the hospital, everyone was just sweeter than pie, although they acted a bit … Continue reading

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First Day of the 2013 Making Fine Spirits Book Tour

Well, the 2013 second annual cross-country Zymurgy Bob book scramble, lecture series, and serial cluster-(bleep) is underway, and its beginnings are seriously inauspicious. I spent the first night away from home at my daughter’s house in Hillsboro, Oregon, with my … Continue reading

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