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.
Platinum Liquor | Why I Don’t Stock …
A friend put me on to this blog post and whilst I don’t particularly agree with what is said, it is still an interesting read from a retailer who I’ve interpreted as opinionated, unapologetic and a lover of beer. The blog is essentially an explanation for not stocking beers from New Zealand brewery Garage Project, which if for some reason you have no intention of reading the blog post, is basically due to a dislike for the beers and the marketing.
I think I find it interesting to read because my personal style of beer writing leans much more towards the unicorns, rainbows and smiles perception of things rather than brash opinion.
There is also a blog post before the ‘Why I don’t stock …’ which is the other side of his retail coin, ‘Why I Stock …’
The West Australian | Excise Taxes Brewers’ Strength
I think Ross puts it well,
“but excise remains the devil”
Craft beer lovers talk about the fight with the ‘big brewers’ and whilst it’s certainly valid it’s also possibly their strength that would assist the whole beer industry to fight the bigger war on excise. I’m no expert on excise, in fact anything with numbers might as well be written in Latin, but if there is one thing about our industry that brewers would change I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t list “excise” as priority one.
I once asked Alex Poulsen, former Cheeky Monkey brewer turned Hippocampus distiller, how he’d explain excise to your average Joe-drinker. Here’s what he said,
“I’d take a $100 note and set it on fire”
The Independent | It’s London’s First Ever ‘Beer Week’, with Cheap Craft Beer at 100 Pubs
My first thought was ‘London’s FIRST ever beer week’?!?! Surely that can’t be right. My second thought was ‘oh man, that’s a great idea!’ The idea is a wristband that gets you into participating pubs and breweries in the city for things like tours, tastings and discounted beers. A simple idea that encourages trial and that’s what we need, I think, to bring more people into the craft beer loving world. It’s not all about expensive rare beers or such gigantic flavours that you’ll never taste anything again, there’s a lot of sessionable, tasty and locally made beers around to ensure you’ll never go back to bland.
Anyway, a short and nice read about London’s rising craft beer scene.
Luke’s Beer | The Problem with Craft Beer
Luke isn’t your average beer blogger, he’s also a brewer at New Zealand’s Epic Brewery. If you’ve not read his blog before I would be bookmarking www.luke.co.nz now.
Anyway, this post highlights a disconnect between brewer and bar – a situation where a hoppy beer, which should be enjoyed as fresh as possible, was being tapped at bar months past its ideal serving period. Don’t worry, you won’t be reading an angry rant, instead Luke presents the situation, how he dealt with it, what he learnt from it and what the consequences are of this kind of beer keg hoarding/mismanagement.
Imagine ordering your meal at a restaurant only to find that instead of it being served to you straight after the chef had plated it, it had sat under the heat lamp for an hour first. It’s the same with beers sent with love from brewery to bar, the brewer wouldn’t send it if it wasn’t in the best drinking condition.