Weekend Reading #44

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 | Respect

Get to know one of the men responsible for craft beer in Australia – Phil Sexton. Stone & Wood have released a new beer which is a collaboration with Phil – Forefathers Phil Sexton English Brown Ale. S&W intend on making this an annual release, collaborating and paying tribute to a different person each year, someone who has been instrumental in beer in Australia.

Stone & Wood’s Forefathers Phil Sexton English Brown Ale will only be available in a limited number of bars and retailers. Here is a list of bars who will be pouring it –

Royal on the Waterfront, East Perth

Bob’s Bar / Print Hall, Perth CBD

Swings Taphouse & Kitchen, Margaret River

The Firestation, Busselton

The Pourhouse Bar + Kitchen, Dunsborough

The Dominion League, Northbridge

Lalla Rookh, Perth CBD

The Village Bar, Subiaco

The Hop Tripper | The real quality issue: Oxidation

If you’re looking to understand oxidation, how it can happen and the variety of ways it can affect beer then this is a great read.

Good Beer Hunting | Episode 53 – Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery live at the GBH Studio

Ok so this isn’t reading but if you are driving somewhere and you have some time then you must listen to this interview. I listened to it in two parts, going into work and then coming home. I’ll be listening to this again soon I am sure. Garrett Oliver speaks with genuine passion, unapologetic but not douchey perspective on various craft beer issues and this whole interview is just a delight to listen to.

All About Beer | Shell Game: The Storied Past and Bountiful Resurgence of Oyster Stouts

I have not had a lot of oyster stouts, even though I enjoy them there just aren’t that many around when compared to hop driven beers so I normally don’t end up with an oyster stout in my hand. This was a great article to learn a little more about the style, where it came from, why it works and some brewers producing them in the US.

Weekend Reading #25

This week it’s unplanned but all American articles covering 2015 predictions for trends and breweries and a look into the link between big beer decline and craft beer growth …

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 | The GBH 2015 New Year’s Resolutions for Craft Beer 

The end of the year does tend to bring around a lot of reflection-style pieces, heck I did one myself, and some predictions for the new year to come. This fits under the latter and does it very, very well. Because it is so often said that Australia’s craft beer scene is following the path of the United States I often wonder whether we are the lucky ones in that we can look into the “future”, being America, and learn from both their errors and their success. A lot of the points made I felt really resonated with us and it genuinely got me thinking.

“Many brewers think attracting mainstream audiences somehow means having to lower their standards. Bullshit. If you want to attract bigger audiences, you’ll have to look past the applause of your closest and most loyal fans, and actually work for it.”

The Beeroness | Sriracha Bloody Beer with Chili Sugar Bacon + New Years Resolutions for Beer People

I really like a Bloody Mary from time to time so when I saw this recipe I instantly wanted to try it. Sadly having no tomato juice severely hindered that particular plan so this drink reminds on my ‘to do list’.

The resolutions are pretty good ones, nothing complicated, and it does make me wonder whether I am getting closer to home brewing. Slippery slope …

Brewbound | Flying Dog plans to Launch Experimental “Farmworks” Brewery in Virginia

I know we are not in the US and I have just realised I do seem to have a rather United States focused list so far but stay with me. I liked this article not so much because of any emotional attachment I have to Flying Dog, in fact I haven’t had many of their beers, but more because it is interesting to see breweries expand, how they go about it and where they are putting their bets on for the future of craft beer.

“Farmworks will include a 15-barrel brewhouse, cellar, coolship, tasting room, as well as an extensive sour and barrel-aging facility.”

Forbes | Budweiser and the Craft Beer Fallacy – How Myths Hide Trends

This was really very interesting. It basically looks at the two things that the craft beer world has known for a while – a) that big brewers are in decline and b) craft beer is growing – but it says the two are not necessarily linked.

The comments around the big brewers decline being due to their audience being much older or deceased reminded me of VB, a brand that for a long time experienced huge decline – due to a number of factors including a change in alcohol by volume – and I think even tried to release a new VB beer into the market that was aimed at a far younger audience.

 

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