Reunion


Beer: Deal With the DevilPizzas: MacLeod AleCharlie McCreadyCharlie McCready and Colt OlinAndreas' dog.Katie, me and ColtAndreas Samson, Katie McLaughlin, Colt Olin MacLeod AleKatie McLaughlin Last night was a reunion at MacLeod Ale, the first time all of us had gathered since last March 2020. Times have changed. There was a large area outside under tents…

Only Yesterday


Amy Crook and Drew Morlett, 2015 In 1931, two years into the Great Depression, Frederick Lewis Allen published his history of the 1920s, “Only Yesterday” covering the period from the end of WWI until the market crash, in October 1929, that plunged the world into poverty. The American economy would not revive until war and destruction obliterated…

Intoxicated Minds


So I have been on a month long hiatus from most alcohol including beer and wine. I wanted to see how staying away from drinking made me feel and so far it’s been good. My pants fit easier and I don’t wake up in the morning with a headache of regret. But I still went…

Evangelizing Cask Ale.


  Yesterday was the two-year anniversary party at MacLeod Ale, here in Van Nuys, held at the brewery on Calvert St. It coincided with one of the hottest days of the year. A hot wind baked the concrete front yard set with white tents for ticket sales, another tent housing a barbecue preparation area. A…

Friday Night Lights at MacLeod Ale


I stopped by MacLeod Ale in Van Nuys last night. The mood was low-key. Scottish music played. People sat on stools in the cool air-conditioning. The servers were jokey. Brewer Andy Black, serious and studious as usual, was in back testing his brew for sugar content. At the new wood tables up front, people sat,…

Beer Bloggers Gather at MacLeod’s.


  MacLeod's held a special event, this past Sunday, for beer bloggers at its new brewery in Van Nuys. The actual opening is Sunday, June 22 at 14741 Calvert St. Artisanal cheeses, Scottish crackers and biscuits were served alongside pints of The Little Spree (Yorkshire Pale Ale). The vibe was clean, fresh, friendly and authentic. There…