Weekend Reading #69

For those quiet moments on the weekend when you’re able to 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.

For those quiet moments on the weekend when you’re able to 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.


ABC News | Craft beer and Australia’s changing drinking habits

I like the idea that craft beer is perhaps contributing to a changing idea of our relationship to alcohol, helping move us away from the idea that booze is a device to get f**ked up to making it around the stories, the people, socialising and travel, experiencing lots of different things and all that kind of stuff. If craft beer can help with that idea, to bring more positives than negatives to booze then that’s awesome.

BostInno | Night Shift Brewing is Having It’s Day in the Sun

This is just a really nice read about a brewery called Night Shift Brewing in Massachusetts and covers their story on how they came about, the way they approach their beers, all the usual things you’d want covered in an article about a brewery you’ve never heard of before.

In Daily | Adelaide brewer launches beer aged in wine barrels

Crossing my fingers in the hopes that these beers from the amazing, unstoppable craft beer juggernaut that is Pirate Life Brewing make their way to WA!

 

Weekend Reading #68

This weeks edition features articles on Australian hop farms, a look at trademarks, an interview with Jasper of Camden Town and a little on beer & food pairing

For those quiet moments on the weekend when you’re able to 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.


Good Beer Hunting | Critical Drinking with Jasper Cuppaidge of Camden Town Brewery

This is a really interesting interview given it’s been about six months since the sale of Camden Town to global beer giant AB-InBev and they don’t skirt around the subject either. The conversation covers the significant plans in the works right now for the brewery as well as Jasper’s reflection on the sale at the time.

 

June 2015 - Jasper and I at Gordon Street Garage
June 2015 – I got to interview Jasper whilst he was in Perth

Wall Street Journal | Hopportunity Cost – Craft Brewers Brawl Over Catchy Names as Puns Run Dry

I do love a punny beer name, I’d hate to think we’re running out of them.

Vogue | How to Pair Beer and Food Like a Pro: Tips from the Coolest Independent Craft Brewers

I am not really a Vogue reading kinda girl but I do tend to Google “craft beer” and “news” and this came up. Craft beer and food pairing in Vogue.

ABC News | Craft beer boom brews expansion for Australian hop farmers in Tasmania, Victoria

Great to get some insight into the knock on effort of craft beer continuing to grow and hop farms needing to expand too! Always exciting to see what new varieties appear. I was recently listening to an American beer podcast and Australian hop varieties were mentioned quite often by big international craft brewers. There’s no doubt, we are growing some great stuff!

Trey at Karridale Hop Farm
Trey from Karridale Cottages and Hop Farm inspecting some Cascade hops

Weekend Reading #67

This weeks articles include a bit of hop history, the result of a lawsuit, a look into being a beer rep and fun things happening at Indian Ocean Brewery.

For those quiet moments on the weekend when you’re able to 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.


Forbes | The Debate Over Hops In Craft Beer Is Positively Medieval

If you like a little history with your beer reading then you’ll like this article that goes into some of the history of hops.

Hops at Cowaramup Brewing in 2013

Consumerist | Judge Dismisses Blue Moon “Craft Beer” Lawsuit Against MillerCoors (Again)

It’s interesting to wonder what would have happened had this guy won his lawsuit against MillerCoors, the complaint basically being that MillerCoors have been deceiving customers with Blue Moon as a small independent brewery. If the ownership of a company, be it beer or not, is important to you then you need to peel back the marketing and take a look, worst case scenario maybe you spend a full minute or two Googling to find out.

The Crafty Pint | A Day in the Life of: A Beer Rep

This is a pretty good little look at the average day of a beer rep. Sure there is a lot of beer involved but there is also a lot of emails, a lot of phone calls and a lot of rejection. The community of beer reps though is pretty amazing. It’s all summed up pretty well in this piece.

The Crafty Pint | Where Art Meets Science Meets Art

I think Indian Ocean Brewery will be great to watch for the rest of the year. With Jack Purser having taken over the head brewer five or so months ago they’ve got some new looks, new beers and came back from this years Australian International Beer Awards with some medals too.

White Cap at Indian Ocean

 

 

 

Weekend Reading #66

For those quiet moments on the weekend when you’re able to 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.

For those quiet moments on the weekend when you’re able to 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.


Seattle Weekly | Inside the Underhanded Effort to Unseat Craft Beer in Seattle

Though we don’t operate in the same way the United States does with their three tier system – a system that basically dictates how booze goes from the people who made it to the people who drink it; created to prevent monopolies on booze – there is much debate on the topic of beer tap contracts here in Australia.

“A product can only be sold if customers can find it. If craft brewers are being squeezed off the shelf because of restrictive behavior by the dominant companies, that harms competition and limits consumers’ options.”

Breweries can, and many do, offer incentives for venues to put their beer on tap whether it’s a discount, a rebate (“Hey Bob, if you sell my beer I’ll give you -insert figure here- for every litre you sell!”) or just plain upfront money. A hotly debated topic because both small and large breweries do this.

LISTEN: Radio Brews News – Tap Contracts

NBC News | Craft Beer Company Looks to Make Fish-Friendly Packaging

“The edible rings are made from wheat and barley used during the brewing process. The spent grains, normally sold off as cattle feed, are treated with additives and pressed to form the rings.”

This is a nice story and one that makes you wonder how it’s not already a thing. I hope that someone in Australia brings this in too!

The Drinks Business | Soda Stream Launches Instant Beer Machine

Have you ever looked at your Soda Stream and thought to yourself, “I bet this thing could make great beer!” Yeah, I didn’t think so.

“Soda Stream has edged further into the alcoholic drinks category with the launch of a beer concentrate that can be transformed into beer simply by adding carbonated water.”

It is first being launched in Europe and the article does not mention if it is coming to Australia. I think if Soda Stream have seen the short life of Lion Nathan’s Tap King here then they’re probably not rushing to get into our market.

CNBC | 3 essential business growth lessons from the craft beer boom

A good read though and I’d say that this won’t be much news to Australian craft brewers, I see many of these “lessons” in the craft breweries I love.

 

Weekend Reading #65

For those quiet moments on the weekend when you’re able to 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.

For those quiet moments on the weekend when you’re able to 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.


Forbes | Why Patriotism won’t help Budweiser win Market Share from Craft Brewers

I couldn’t agree more with this, if Budweiser’s goal is to solidify their position with existing drinkers then ads like the infamous Super Bowl commercial that poked fun at craft breweries and this latest plan make sense. But this won’t grow their market share or attract new drinkers and they’ll find themselves, if they’re not already, in the same boat I see Victoria Bitter in here in Australia – same old drinkers, no new ones and a disappearing brand.

Further Reading: Sydney Moring Herald | VB Sales Down, SAB Miller Reports

Forbes | Craft Beer Revolution? The Small Brew that is taking on Budweiser, Miller and Coors

I had a few reactions when reading this article. I was sad and disappointed to read about beery snobbery, something I feel is a bug that needs to be squashed. Anyway, I was happy to read the author describe himself as someone who drinks craft beer but doesn’t think of themselves as a craft beer nerd. Don’t get me wrong, nerds are ace but not everyone needs to fall head first into the rabbit hole of craft beer, what we DO want/need is more people to choosing to drink good beer, just like many of us do with food. I don’t consider myself a foodie but I do like to find great places to eat.

I’m getting a little side tracked. This article is about a brewery making ONE beer, a lager, and their strategy is just to bring a good lager to the masses and pull them away from the likes of Bud and Coors. Straightforward goal and it will be interesting to see if the mainstream market are prepared to leave their brands for this new beer on the block.

Chicago Tribune | Beer Stores add Tap Rooms as Retail Reflects Craft Brewing’s Creativity

This reminded me of the great beer retailers we have here in Perth – International Beer Shop, Cellarbrations Superstore, Cellarbrations at Carlisle, The Freo Doctor and Mane Liquor to name just a few.

Mane Liquor were recently listed in RateBeer‘s Best Bottle Shop in Australia for the third year running.

These places don’t have customers; they have supporters, fans and friends. Their love for the shop, their customers and dedication to finding great beer and innovating with things like growler fills, beer events and canning machines is contributing huge amounts to the education and growth of craft beer in Perth and I freaking love that!

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.

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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Weekend Reading #63

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.

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.


Fortune | How an Obscure 500-Year-Old Law Still Controls the Global Beer Industry

It’s kinda interesting to think about what impact the Reinheitsgebot – the German beer purity law of 1516 – has had on the evolution of beer.

“It neutered and diminished creativity”

Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Brewery

Draft Magazine | Pairing beer with Thai food

I recently read a local “article” that had the click bait title of ‘Perth Night Noodle Markets: Ultimate Guide to Beer and Spice Pairings’. Now given it was focused on the Perth Night Noodle Markets I should have known there was a beer sponsor involved and therefore this article would feature them but that’s not even the bit that bothered me about the piece. It was so very lazy, that’s what bothered me.

Anyway, not long after I saw this article from Draft Magazine, a much improved read and some great pairings I’m keen to try myself!

Draft Magazine | Lithuania and its peculiar, little known farmhouse ales

Staying with Draft Magazine, I have said it once and I’ll say it again, I’m always fascinated by the beer culture outside Australia, the US and the UK. This was an intriguing history of beer in Lithuania and insight into old beers I’ve never heard of.

Sydney Morning Herald | Headaches as Victoria Bitter, Carlton Draught droop after $12b Buy

Mainstream beer is in decline and has been for a while so this isn’t a surprise but it’s always interesting to get the snippets and a little insight into where the ‘big boys’ are investing and placing their beer bets – Lion Nathan with their ‘Beer: The Beautiful Truth Campaign’ and CUB with Great Northern and Fat Yak. The article talks about Great Northern tapping into its Queensland origins and so I can’t help but think, yet again, that it’s such a shame that the Matilda Bay brand has been seemingly left to die given it is soaked in authenticity, history and significance in the world of Australian craft beer.

Related Reading: Ale of a Time | Matilda Bay – a branding mess

All About Beer | Anheuser-Busch to Acquire Italy’s Birra del Borgo

A press release on the sale of Birra del Borgo to AB InBev as another craft brewery sells to the brewing giant.

Weekend Reading #62

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.

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.


All About Beer | The Rise (and the Return) of Craft Lagers

I think there’s a pretty significant call out for more delicious craft lagers and pilsners. I know in my often hop driven world sometimes there is nothing more I would like than a damn fine pilsner.

Incidentally I also would love to see more local Saisions and have them available in 330ml bottles. I’d really dig that.

Nikkei Asian Review | Japanese Craft Beer is Finding a Warm Welcome Away from Home

Hitachino Nest was one of the first beers I can remember putting on the bottle list at Five Bar when I was doing that sort of thing. The Hitachino Nest White Ale blew my mind and now I have a pretty decent craving for it as I write this.

The Guardian | The aggressive, outrageous, infuriating (and ingenious) rise of BrewDog

An interesting look at Scottish beer and hype juggernauts BrewDog, whether you love or hate them, I think this is a good read.

Other beers have customers, but BrewDog has fans

The Sip | New brewers make mark on Monk

Brewer Craig Eulenstein left the Monk Craft Brewery last year to join Melbourne brewery Fury & Son, coming soon to the city’s western suburbs. The brewery is now in safe and well skilled hands of Mal Secourable and Rhys Lopez.

More Reading: Australian Brews News – Fury & Son Coming Soon to Melbourne

More Reading: Monk Hop Harvest Dinner

Monk Autumn Red Ale

Independent | The UK’s Craft Brewery Revolution Has Only Just Begun

First I have to say that the Pride & Joy can pictured at the top of the article is just beautiful.

I’m looking forward to the start of Lost and Grounded Brewers by, in part, Alex Troncoso, coming later in the year. I was working as a rep for Little Creatures when Alex was running the brewery.

 

Weekend Reading #61

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.


Ars Technica | Researchers are brewing up medicines from beer hops

My partner found this article and sent me the link and I’m very glad he did. It’s an interesting read because rather than being the usual ‘beer is good for you’ article that’s mostly fluff this one looks at recent scientific studies of compounds found in hops and what medicinal benefits could be found in them.

Good Beer Hunting | The History of Brasserie Dupont – Trailer

How fitting that I am drinking a Saison as I watched this trailer. The trailer is less than a minute but I can’t wait to see the whole thing. Three words rang out to me – spirit, simple and true. Maybe these are the words we should be using to measure or define craft beer.

The Crafty Pint | The Story Of: Boatrocker Ramjet

Ah, Ramjet. One of my absolute favourite beers from one of my favourite breweries.

Back in January of last year I interviewed Boatrocker owner and brewer, Matt Houghton, for my own look at this wonderful beer. This piece from Crafty Pint gives more insight into this beer, its history and its very, very bright future. If I had a teleport, I’d be at ‘Ramjet Day‘ for sure!

Draft Magazine | Why are beer people so outraged?

It is a question that occurs to me frequently, I get confused at why some people type awful things on social media because someone doesn’t like a beer they love or visa versa. Why do other people’s opinions on a beer get someone else so agitated? This article looks at this and more.

Their emotional response to beer comes from passion, they say. And if beer consumers are passionate, that emotional response will sometimes be negative.

Climate Council | A brewed awakening: Climate change threatens BEER

Often it can be hard to comprehend something that is so big, something with so much impact and with that in mind I think this is a wonderfully simple and direct way of communicating climate change. I’d love to taste this beer for myself but I doubt this will make it to WA, if anyone tries this and feels like commenting below please do, I’d love to know!

Weekend Reading #60

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.

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.


All About Beer | Who is this Brett and why is his name on all these IPAs?

Brett is the preferred nickname for Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain that often is associated with flavour descriptions like ‘barnyard’ and ‘horse blanket’ but, as this really interesting read will show, there is a lot more to this Brett character.

I wonder we will see Brett IPAs popping up in Australia any time soon? Interesting to note the interaction of hops and Brett in the article and wonder whether it would be worth the risk of introducing a wild yeast strain in the brew house for it.

Draft Magazine | What the hell’s an IPL?

A good brief look at the India Pale Lager, aka IPL, as a style and it’s varying interpretations.

I haven’t seen many IPLs here, the one that jumps to mind is Camden Town Brewery (AB InBev, UK) and the only Australian one I can think of was from Yenda Brewery (Coca-Cola Amatil, NSW) but that was a limited release.

Beer is your Friend | Things you don’t know about beer aka the crankiest beer listicle ever

This is sensational, it’s spot on and very amusing and I like when I read something that tickles both those fancies equally. Agree with everything there and this is my favourite listicle ever.