San Francisco recently lost local beer biz legend Eric Cripe to San Diego. Eric was an evangelist for great beer (and whiskey & Aussie wine) long before it was cool. He was with The Jug Shop in Russian Hill for a decade, where he ran the beer program, whiskey program, did certain categories of wine buying, and set up and hosted their weekly beer tastings. Eric was one of the first Certified Cicerones in the Bay Area (think beer Sommelier). His love of good beer inspired many locals, including myself, to learn more and ultimately join the industry. Lucky for us, Eric’s brother Evan is still at the Jug Shop and will continue Eric’s legacy.
I caught up with Eric as he was packing his bags and hosting the “Eric's Last Call” beer tasting at The Jug Shop to ask him a few questions. He shared some great insights, history, and some fun beer biz inside baseball with us. Oh, and he also says SD has better burritos than SF, so feel free to flame him in the comments!Read More