Weekend Reading #33

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, local beer news and anything else that tickles my beery fancy. There is a lot of excellent reading material out there so every week I’m posting a list of the articles and blogs that have excited me.

Boston Magazine | The Wit and Wisdom of Shaun Hill

Shaun Hill is the co-founder of Hill Farmstead which is, according to Rate Beer, the top brewery in the world (link to this in the article intro or here) and after reading this article I thought that Shaun sounded very genuine and interesting and it would be fantastic to sit down over a beer with him and just talk about whatever comes up. His thoughts on pressure, quality of his beers and the growth of the craft beer scene in the US are thoughtful and well said.

“Whatever happened to idealist principles like integrity and respect, thoughtfulness, and maybe not trying to destroy ourselves as a civilization? Where did those ideals go?”

Shaun Hill on capitalism and limited release beers

Vox | How a Redefinition Made Yuengling the Biggest Craft Brewery in America

An interesting look at how the Brewers Association updated their definition of craft beer and what this could mean for the power for craft brewers.

“So by bringing Yuengling on board as a “craft brewery,” the Brewers Association isn’t just expanding the definition of craft beer. It’s also expanding its own power, by getting the fourth-biggest brewery in the US on its side.”

Mint Press News | Craft Beer Industry Boldly Brews with Sustainability in Mind

It’s great hearing about breweries striving to be more sustainable and whilst it’s certainly not a new concept, many breweries here in WA have long been conscious of the impact they have on the environment, I think this Brewery Climate Declaration is a great call to action and also spread the word on great things the industry is doing.

Wired | My Quest to Reengineer a Legendary Beer in a Dirty Kitchen

A witty and informative look at sour beers, a little history and a little home brewing too (as the article title suggests)

“The more masochistic the tasting notes, the higher the price tag.”

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