Up until my visit to Dogfish Head in Delaware, my visits to breweries had been entirely observational. I got to see where the magic happened and the ingredients that would be turned into delicious beer, but that was where my involvement usually ended. When I found out I’d get to participate in a brew at Dogfish Head, I was pretty excited, and when I found out I’d be doing so alongside the brewery’s founder and president, Sam Calagione, I could hardly believe it.Read More
This is a little video about baking bread underground.
In my research of "cool Iceland foods" (very possibly my actual Google search) I came upon the Rye Bread Experience offered at Laugarvatn Fontana Spa, just about an hour outside of Reykjavik. So, I emailed them, and with a little friendly back and forth, arranged a day to come by and film. Easy! This producing stuff wasn't so hard after all.
So my cousin and I went, and we filmed, and we ate dense, sweet, molasses-y bread that Viktor took straight out of the bubbling sand, topped with an alarmingly thick cut of Icelandic butter that looked like cheese, but wasn't. We learned about the geothermal activity surrounding Laugarvatn, which translates to "hot spring lake," and how locals from nearby share the six geothermal "ovens" for personal cooking, like slow-cooked lamb.
The experience was unforgettable, and my goal with the film was to share that with you. Sadly, I've only got picture and sound to work with, so what's missing from this video is the taste of that bread, and the feeling of hot steam against your minimally exposed skin (because despite that geothermal heat, damn it was cold), and the inescapable smell of sulphur bursting from the earth.
Tragically those things can't be uploaded to YouTube (yet) but I hope I managed to capture and communicate this day - how a place can be both exotic and surreal yet entirely colorless; how an experience can be firmly rooted on earth but completely dreamy. Grey, drab, drizzly, and magical. This is Iceland to me. It's just another day on a foreign planet.
Portland, Maine is by all accounts, barely a city. With a population of roughly 66,000 (people), it's really more of a large town by global standards, and yet it's managed to become something of a craft beer mecca in the American northeast. Depending on who you ask, craft brewing has eclipsed other longstanding Maine industries like seafood and timber as an economic superpower; providing local jobs, drawing in tourists, and boosting the state's income by millions.
While craft beer has been on the rise across the U.S. for years - decades even - the boom hit Maine in particular when state alcohol laws were reformed in 2011, allowing brewers to sell "samples" on-site. And thus, the proliferation of small craft breweries, with even smaller "tasting rooms" attached, began.
Lucky for me, I had a local beer lover on hand to take me around to about half a dozen thriving local breweries in Portland (an ambitious weekend by all accounts) and was armed with a loaner Sony A7S II to play with along the way. Not only did I get to taste a wonderful variety of delicious local brews, but I got to explore the unique look and personality of each brewery myself while testing out the Sony.Read More
Before World of Beer sent me to Kansas City, MO on assignment to get to know Boulevard beer better, I had never really been to the midwest (apart from a short weekend working trip to Chicago, which doesn't really count.) It remained a mystery to me, and I was excited to see if everything I'd heard was true - are the people that nice? The barbecue that good? The local pride that real?
Yes, yes, and yes.Read More