About Jason M

Texas Style - Having grown up down south, I've grown an appreciation for the "bigger is better" mantra. Bigger and bolder flavor is something I crave in my beers. Some people are hop-heads, all they drink are IPA's and other hoppy beers. Others are big on wheat beers. Some like it dark. Me? I'm an all-the-above kind of guy. I've had a love for all varieties since I was young and that has not changed. Good beer is good beer.

I'm constantly seeking out the latest and greatest new variety, because despite having an old-time favorite beer, drinking the same old flavors over and over gets old. That being said, I've got to try something new, explore my boundaries. After all, variety is the spice of life, no?

Favorite Beers - Unibroue La Fin du Monde, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine

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Decisions, Decisions – What to Brew Next?

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You want to brew a new batch of beer. That decision is step one of the process. The next step – and arguably the most important – is what to brew. Generally you have a ton of options to choose from – pilsner, IPA, porter, stout, etc. Once a decision is made, one has to think about when they are […]

The Hipster Craft Beer Stereotype

Hipster photo by Daniel Foster of Flickr.com

Hipster Craft Beer Stereotype aka Not All Craft Beer Drinkers Are Hipsters… I hate stereotypes. I hate being labeled. I hate being pigeon-holed. I’ve seen and heard by people here and there that this craft beer movement is largely dominated by hipsters. I don’t agree with that. Ok so I love craft beer. That doesn’t […]

Meet Jason – The Lone Star in the Garden State

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Meet Jason one of our two Senior Editors. He’s a Texas transplant living in Jersey and he’s been with the site since the very beginning. We are grateful to have him as part of the team. Music: Rage by Still Pluto Texas Style – Having grown up down south, I’ve grown an appreciation for the “bigger […]

Pumpkin Peach Ale – the Continued Rise of Craft Beer

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I know this may be disheartening to some of the macro breweries – aka major labels – out there, but the fight is over. Craft beer has won. One particular mass brewer, who shall remain nameless, still continues to bash craft beer. Ironic, considering they continue to buy up or co-opt every craft brewery they […]

The Mojo Lounge: Reflections and Memories of Finding the Right Bar

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The Mojo Lounge Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Everyone is in that lovey-dovey, stomach aflutter, doves in the air good feeling. Me, I’m in a period of transition and reflection. Two nights ago, my local bar – The Mojo Lounge, aka the place I’ve called my second home for the past 13 years […]

How to Keg Beer! (video)

How To Keg Beer

How to Keg Beer Many a home brewer knows the effort and time it takes to bottle a batch of beer. On top of that, there is the waiting period required during bottle conditioning. Here I go over the process of how to keg beer – from hooking up your draft lines to force carbonating your beer in the […]

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Homebrew Equipment Without Breaking The Bank!

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Homebrew Equipment

Last month we focused on home brewing and covered various methods as to how to brew your own beer. One of the most important facets of brewing at home – besides you the brewer of course – is your homebrew equipment. That being said, where do you go for such items? When you first start out, most people […]

How To Bottle Beer with Jason (video)

How to Bottle Beer

How To Bottle Beer In this video I go over the process of bottling my Scotch Ale Brewers Best kit that I brewed two weeks ago. Its a pretty simple process that does take a considerable amount of time and drives most homebrewers to buy keg kits. Nonetheless for those that don’t want to invest […]

Homebrewing 101 – Extract Brewing

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Homebrewing 101 – Extract Brewing Here we discuss the fundamentals of brewing and the easiest way to becoming a home brewer, extract brewing. Extract brewing is the beginner level of brewing and a great first step for anyone who wants to turn an interest into a hobby. Essentially the first step of the brewing process, […]

Operation Kegerator – A DIY Adventure

Kegerator. credit: Neal Patel of flickr.com

I love draft beer. There are no two ways about it. If I could have beer on tap anytime of the day or night anywhere I went, I would be a happy man. On that note, I brewed a Pliny The Elder clone for my wedding a couple months ago and had it on tap during […]