Weekend Reading #14

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.

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.

Good Beer Hunting | Episode 20 – Keith Villa of Blue Moon Brewing Co. [PODCAST]

This is 76 minutes of great story telling. The interview is casual enough that it feels like you’re in a room with old friends but not so casual that you don’t understand any of the jokes. It’s also structured enough to make sure there is an actual story being told but not so much that it’s painful to listen to.

Literally Coors didn’t know what to do with me”

Keith Villa, Blue Moon Brewing

Regardless of your feelings for what defines craft beer, wherever you believe the boundaries are, this interview is a fantastic listen. Not only is it the story of Blue Moon and Keith’s own personal journey but it is an interesting insight into the early growth of craft beer in the US.

“We were doing extreme beers before there was a name for it,”

Keith Villa, Blue Moon Brewing

Business Review Weekly | Meet BeerBud, the online marketplace for craft beer

It’s on-line craft beer shopping but it kinda takes away what I love about my craft beer shopping. I like asking the staff what they’ve been drinking, what’s new and what’s been flying off the shelves. I like grabbing more beers than I can carry.

BeerBuds website

Of course the idea of beer delivered to my door is equally appealing, especially if the price is right.

Beer shopping is always delightfully good fun!
Beer shopping is always delightfully good fun!

TribLIVE | Bartenders are discovering some inventive ways to use craft brews

I am working through some emotions, emotions relating to the idea of beer cocktails. It is something I’ve been seeing rising up slowly and I’m interested to see where it goes. This article quotes a few bartenders and I certainly like the idea of a beer viewed as another flavour ingredient, bringing something more to the drink.

I experienced more confused emotion as I read the following:

“Women are often the core market for beer cocktails, because they have a lighter alcohol content, are fruitier and not heavy”

Brewbound | $1.9 Million and Counting: How Stone Brewed up the Largest Brewery Crowdfunding Campaign Ever

The whole crowd funding thing is interesting, particularly when the person/people doing the funding are perceived to be able to easily fund the project themselves. It makes you wonder, if you crowd sourced raising money for charity how far would you get?

This campaign for the building of a Stone Brewery (US) in Berlin appears to have gotten off on the wrong foot, upset a few folk and then turn it around into, well, I think the headline sums it up nicely.

“The chief complaint was that Stone, the country’s tenth largest craft brewery, shouldn’t be asking customers to help finance expansion”

Serious Eats | Ask a Cicerone: How to Pair Beer and Chocolate

I found this article from February this year when I was drinking the Eagle Bay Cacao Stout and doing a little research.

I love the idea of a smokey rauch beer with chocolate as it’s not something I would have given great consideration to. Trying to get more sour beers in my life, this article has encouraged me to increase my chocolate consumption too. Win!

food by beersine: Bahen & Co Chocolate Mousse with hazelnuts
food by beersine: Bahen & Co Chocolate Mousse with hazelnuts at SouWest Smackdown

Beer + Podcast

I’m sure it will be unsurprisingly to learn that my regular reading materials consist largely of beer related websites such as:

  • The Beeroness – I’m sure you’ve noticed my growing love affair Jackie’s recipes
  • Craft Beer – ‘celebrating the best of American beer’, good feature articles
  • Two Brewers Abroad – Steve and Stef from Perth are brewing, drinking and learning their way around the States, lucky bastards, sometimes I have to stop reading cause I get too jealous!
  • Draft Magazine
  • and of course compulsory Aussie craft beer reading – The Crafty Pint & Australian Brews News

There’s also a handful of fellow beer blogs who I have bookmarked:

Another blog I enjoy is Ale of a Time by Luke Robertson who is based in Melbourne and a regular contributor to Australian Brews News.

Luke aka @AleOfATime and Dave aka @MelbDave have recently started a podcast named after Luke’s blog. The first episode – Frothing at the Bit – introduces us to our wonderful hosts and they talk about beer blogs, grey imports and a few beers they’ve enjoyed. It’s a good first episode, not just because they say nice things about my blog (aw, shucks guys, thanks!) but because it’s fun and interesting chat about beer, something I love.

I do a lot of driving in my job so I am always looking for good podcasts especially since between Triple J gives me the shits between 12 – 3pm. I’ve been listening to RadioLab, some TED Talks and one beer podcast from the US called Beer Geek Radio.

I’ve listened to one or two other American beer podcasts and they’re way too blokey for me with too many references to someone being smashed/constantly drunk. Boring and oh-so-frat party. No, thanks.

Give me conversation, give me good beers and give me something Aussie – oh hello, Ale of a Time!

Episode 1 of Ale of a Time got me thinking about why I started my blog. Luke makes the comment that if you’re going to write a blog it’s best not to expect anyone to read it. Whilst at first those words sound a little pessimistic, implying that blogging is an exercise in futility, it’s actually very sound advice.

I never properly entertained the thought that anyone would read my blog, after all why should they? The internet is a world full of incredible information, endless education and lots of amusing videos of cats chasing laser pointers and riding automatic vacuum cleaners that look like giant hockey pucks.

I started girl+beer because I love beer, because I had left the world of bars and pubs and I missed talking with people about beer. I also missed learning about beer; when you’re constantly updating a beer list of 70+ bottles you are more inclined to be up to date on new releases, fun things brewers are trying or how your old favourite breweries are expanding and getting closer to world domination. Writing girl+beer encourages me to research, read, ask questions and seek out new beers.

Tasting Tray and Beer List
Seeking new beers at GABS 2013 in Melbourne

The unexpected goodness from girl+beer has been people, even those outside of immediate family, actually reading and enjoying my ramblings. I’ve met more people who share my passion and want to talk about beer, some I only know in the Twitterverse and other’s I’ve met in person but all have involved some big laughs and great conversation.

So if you’re thinking about starting a beer blog, I say go for it. Stop thinking. Do it and do it your way, in your own voice. Oh and have fun …

Here's me looking pretty damn happy with myself at the South West Craft Beer Festival earlier this year
Here’s me looking pretty damn happy with myself at the South West Craft Beer Festival earlier this year