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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It’s Oktoberfest. Let’s Brew Something!

German Hefeweizen Batch  Read for Brew Day.

Despite having two jobs that consume my life seven days a week, I try as hard as I can to find time to dedicate towards one of my real passions – beer. I don’t get to do nearly as much with it as I would like, but I’m working on that because I do want […]

How To Create Your Own Homebrew Beer Recipe

How To Create Your Own Homebrew Beer Recipe

For many of us, drinking the beer we like is easy. For those of us who brew our own, the challenging part is to craft a beer that we like and have it come out the way we want it. Start from scratch and create something that both looks like and tastes like what you […]

Craft Beer on the Decline

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The explosion in the craft beer movement has been anything but modest. As more and more people have discovered, they can start brewing beer in their kitchen and if they continue to improve, a microbrewery could be in the works. It’s not out of the realm of possibility. With the huge amount of craft beer […]

Decisions, Decisions – What to Brew Next?

homebrewing an extract kit

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

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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


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

craft beer

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


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 […]