William Bostwick
Beer critic/Freelance, Wall Street Journal

William Bostwick is the beer critic for the Wall Street Journal and his writing has appeared in GQ, Bon Appetit and Garden and Gun magazines. He is the author of The Brewer’s Tale (2014). He lives in San Francisco.

Written by William Bostwick

Detail from Beer Club by Georges Lilanga, 2000. Photo courtesy Contemporary African Art Collection Ltd/Corbis

Essay/
Consciousness and altered states
The bitter truth

Today’s bitter craft beers are dominated by hoppy preservatives. How did they taste back when brewers were shamans?

William Bostwick