adventures in craft beer in Perth and beyond

Weekend Reading #64

For those lazy weekend mornings when you just want to stay in bed and catch up on a little reading – Weekend Reading is a weekly (ahem, usually) post with the articles I’ve enjoyed in the past seven days.

The Sip | Lion turns White Rabbit Red

Having worked for Little Creatures pre full Lion acquisition days, I have a soft spot for White Rabbit. I was saddened to hear of the closure of the Healesville brewery and, like everyone I suppose, wondered what the future of White Rabbit would bring. 12 months on and we this super interesting beer, White Rabbit Red styled on a Flanders Red Ale. Hopefully it makes its way west.

Martyn Cornell’s Zythophile | How to Brew like an 18th Century Virginian

A detailed run down of a recent weekend long event at Colonial Williamsburg called ‘Ales through the Ages’ with an impressive line up of speakers.

From here I ended up reading more on Zythophile and thought this was really interesting since I’ve said this and heard this a lot …

Martyn Cornell’s Zythophile | Was water really regraded as dangerous to drink in the Middle Ages?

Oh I’ve definitely repeated the ‘water was unsafe to drink so people drank beer’ thing and now I guess I’ll have to cut that one from the story!

Forbes | From Big Boxes to Breweries: San Diego’s Craft Beer Community protests Anheuser-Busch Owned Brewpub

Usually we read about reactions to the sale of the the brewery itself but this brings things down to a somewhat smaller scale to one location and the views of both sides of beer weighing in.

Vine Pair | The art of craft beer tap handles

Here in Australia we haven’t really gone down the extravagant tap handle path but I reckon we have instead swapped it for our decals. It’s starting to look like an arms race out there, decals – those traditionally round stickers on the beer font that tell you what the beer is – have been coming in all shapes, sizes and materials now from both the craft and less craft sides of the fences. Heineken have one that lights up, 4 Pines and Colonial, to name just two off the top of my head, have custom sized metal badges that do look impressive on a tap. On the other side of things, some bars now specifically ask their beer folks for nothing more than the traditional 80mm round decals so that their taps all look uniform. I’ve kinda been waiting for the tap handle thing to come here, we’ll see I guess.

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