Weekend Reading #11

I love lounging in bed on weekends and catching up on all my favourite beery reading. From blogs to articles from the American craft beer scene and the best local beer news, there’s excellent reading material out there so every Friday I’m posting a list of the articles and blogs that have excited me.

Business Insider | Craft Beer Consumption in Australia has Passed a Big Milestone

It is always nice to read about craft beer consumption rising, to feel like the old perception of overweight Australian dads drinking VB is fading away and here is another article telling us pretty much exactly that.

“The consumption of import beer also continued to climb from 14% to 17.3% of the population.”

What is also interesting is the increased consumption in imported beers. So basically if you’re craft or if you’re foreign then the market is being pretty good to you. If you’re hoovering somewhere on the outskirts of these categories, domestic premium or domestic mainstream or whatever other terminology pops up, then perhaps you’re scratching your head and wondering why beer consumption overall is dropping.

The increase in imported beer drinking is interesting and I wonder how much parallel/grey imports influences this. If you can get what looks like a fancy pants European lager cheaper than you can a local mainstream like Boag’s or Crown then its not surprising Crown ends up being the bridesmaid and never the bride.

Serious Eats | Sunday Supper: Grilled Bratwurst, Beer and Cheddar Soup

Perth’s brief cold snap and our freezing house as made me think about soup a lot recently and then I found this recipe. I haven’t made it yet because I’m concerned I’ll only make this soup and never anything else.

my homemade pumpkin soup

Serious Eats | 12 Beer Producing Countries to Watch Right Now

I’ll save you the anxiety in wondering and tell you that Australia doesn’t appear on this list sadly. However our Kiwi neighbours are on there so just like we did with Russell Crowe I think we can claim this one as ours too.

“Kiwi beer culture is on the cutting edge”

It is a list that is hard to argue and includes Denmark, Canada and Italy and it wasn’t until I reached the New Zealand part of the article that I was reminded just how lucky we are to have access to so many great NZ beers.

one of my favourite New Zealand beers

News.com.au | Best Craft Beers in the World Revealed by Evan Porter, craft beer guru and former pro golfer

Anyone who likes long headlines, beer, golf and lists would have fallen for the clickbait title of this article just like I did, though I don’t actually like golf. I am mildly disappointed the headline didn’t take advantage of Evan’s surname – Porter. “Beer by name, beer by reputation” perhaps? I just think someone missed an amazing opportunity.

The Wall Street Journal | Craft Breweries Scale Up but Keep it Real

You’re cool, you’re indie, you’re craft, you’re cult and then you get bigger and bigger and then you’re mainstream.

It’s a funny old world of perception out there. This article uses Sierra Nevada to paint the picture of the little brewery who had to convince drinkers to try their beers to what is now a multimillion dollar brewery investment.

“Now, instead of convincing the public that good beer can come in tiny batches, the challenge is proving that it can be produced in quantity without losing its soul.”

5 thoughts

      1. Sweden and Israel were the two big unknowns for me – I think I may have had a beer from Sweden (high five beer or something?) and certainly none from Israel

        Actually come to think of it Ireland was a bit of a surprise also as I can’t think of any beers than the classic Guiness etc

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