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.

 

Weekend Reading #49

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 post with the articles I’ve enjoyed in the past seven days and hope that you will too.


Crafty Pint | The Big Issue: Ownership

A three parter exploring the issue of ownership when it comes to craft beer, a nicely presented infographic on what brands are owned by who in Australia and a blind tasting. A fantastic look at this very big issue with a measured view and a great panel of industry people to comment.

Craft Brewing Business | Colorado’s Big Choice Brewing Announces Use of Reclosable Cans

A can you can close? Isn’t that just a bottle? Well, no, not at all. This is interesting!

Draft Magazine | Who is this ‘Brett’?

I used to get confused about Brettanomyces. Now I think of comedian’s Steve Martin’s act – a wild and crazy guy – which helps me remember that Brettanomyces, aka Brett, is a wild yeast – oh that Brett, what a wild and crazy yeast. This is a great short introduction to brett.

Draft Magazine | Why the DOJ is investigating AB InBev

With the news that AB InBev has made a bid to buy fellow mega beer company SABMiller, the general consensus is that nothing good will come from this. Even though the U.S works on a different model to us, this is still very interesting in how they can use their power and influence to have a major impact on the industry and restrict their competition.

Weekend Reading #28

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.

Craft Beer | Craft Needs a Definition

By now you might be sick of reading about this particular topic, the debate on the meaning of the word “craft” but perhaps you’re like me and enjoy reading the different views on this single word.

“Quibbling about terminology in an effort to destroy the efforts of small and independent brewers is a no-win proposition for every brewing company and every beer drinker.”

SommBeer | It’s OK to Enjoy Popular Beers

“I like your old stuff better than your new stuff,” sung Regurgitator and it whilst it is a feeling that is common in music it’s creeping into beer too. Being purchased by a “big brewery” or getting distribution in a national liquor store chain can spell t-h-e-e-n-d for a craft beer love affair.

Modern Times Beer | Read This Before Drinking Neverwhere

Although I am not likely to get to try this beer called “Neverwhere”, this is a nice quick read about the magic that is Brettanomyces and it’s pretty cool to read the workings of a beer and the thought process behind it’s creation.