Monthly Archives: February 2017

Grand Opening! Shadow Puppet Brewing Company in Livermore, California!

Just in time for San Francisco Beer Week, I am proud to announce the grand opening of Shadow Puppet Brewing Company in Livermore, California, happening TODAY from 11 am to 11 pm. Shadow Puppet is currently one of four craft breweries in the city of Livermore, which is well on its way to becoming a destination for beer drinkers as well as for wine tasters. Shadow Puppet features an amazing variety of beers, and a beautiful, family-friendly tasting room.

The brewery is family-owned and operated by founder Brian Blackburn and by Brewmaster and Master Builder Craig Danielson. Ordinarily I would say you can recognize Craig by the big beard, but since it’s a brewery, half the guys in there will have one ;) Here’s a picture instead:

Shadow Puppet Brewing Co. Livermore

Shadow Puppet Brewing Co. brewmaster Craig Danielson, left, and owner Brian Blackburn, right, pose for a photograph at their brewery in Livermore, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group -East Bay Times, February 2, 2017. )

Craig loves to talk beer, so feel free to accost him with your questions and comments.

The Grand Opening event promises to be a great time, with the ribbon-cutting taking place at 11:30, a live band from 3:30 to 6:30, and a massive selection of 14 beers on tap, including a just-released Golden Sour Ale. If you can’t make the opening, don’t worry – the taproom is open Thursday through Sunday; visit the brewery’s website for the current menu and hours:

Hope to see you there!



A Little-Known Illness Associated with Marijuana is on the Rise

A once-rare complication of marijuana use is becoming increasingly common, CBS News’ Jonathan Lapook reports. The condition, called CHS or cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, causes abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting, and is – for reasons that remain unclear – relieved by hot showers or baths. CHS is associated with heavy, long-term use of marijuana and can lead to dehydration and kidney failure. The syndrome typically resolves within several days of stopping drug use.

CHS has only been recognized for about the past decade. A recent study showed that since 2009, when medical marijuana became widely available, emergency room visits for CHS in two Colorado hospitals have nearly doubled. Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use in 2012. Other states in which marijuana is legal – Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and most recently, Maine, Massachusetts, California, and Nevada – should probably expect to see a similar rise in emergency room visits for CHS. The condition is so rarely seen outside of Colorado that it often goes undiagnosed, both because doctors don’t know it exists, and also because patients often don’t want to confess to using an illegal substance.

So, please, people, be warned, and warn your pot-smoking friends. Like anything else, marijuana, too, can cause complications when used in excess. And for those of you who are smoking it and would like to continue to do so, remember that an increase in medical illnesses like CHS will do little to further the movement for legalization.