Weekend Reading #35

This week features articles on tea bags for beer, transparency (in two different ways) and another big-guy buying a not-so-big-guy

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.

Washington Post | Can a simple tea bag turn Coors Light into something worth drinking?

[Published May 10]

I remember being at last years GABS (Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular) in Melbourne at The Local Taphouse tent they had a variety of single hop tea bags so you could infuse your beer with a few more hops. I loved the idea and promptly sniffed my way around the selection, grabbed a few and proceeded to happily dunk them in my beer. How much difference it made, I can’t honestly say, one year on and my memory is a touch fuzzy. That’s Good Beer Week for you!

Fast forward to present day and this is the second article I have read around the same idea. The first was a crowd funded program called Hop Theory in which the bags were filled with hops and spices, the other which I refer to now, is literally a blend of tea to enhance the beer. I’m not sure whether I love these ideas or not. In my mind I can’t help but think that there wouldn’t be many/any brewers who’d let their beer out of the brewery unless it was exactly how they wanted it to be enjoyed (certain styles withstanding).

Australian Brews News | Brewers change beer labels to appease ACCC

[Published May 15]

It will be very interesting to see how this plays out. I think transparency is great for both the industry and consumers. I am curious to see who does it voluntarily, who resists the changes and what impact, if any, it has on consumers decision making process.

250 Beers | To watermark or not to watermark?

[Published May 6]

250 Beers is a Brisbane beer blog run by a very nice guy named Darren, we got to meet briefly over lunch during last years Good Beer Week. I say “briefly” because as few of us beer blogging types got together for lunch but Darren’s flight was unexpectedly delayed on landing. The result of which was him sitting on a plane that was grounded in Melbourne whilst the rest of us chowed into burgers. Anyway, I have gotten side tracked.

The title of this article gives it away but it’s interesting for me to read because I have also had my photos used but, of the ones I am aware of, I have always been asked first. About a year into my blog I started to watermark, even though I had yet to see any of my photos anywhere else but my own blog and social media. After a few weeks of this I stopped because frankly I got too lazy and it annoyed me to edit every single image.

Food Magazine | SABMiller acquires Meantime Brewing Company

Another purchase of a brewery considered craft by a bigger one not considered craft – makes you wonder how many more of these sorts of acquisitions we will see merely in the next twelve months.

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