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 #56

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.


Draft Mag | Making Sense of the Reinheitsgebot

In April it will be 500 years since the famous Reinheitsgebot aka Germany Purity Law came into effect. This is a fantastic read to get the facts of what this law is, how and why it came about (for pricing, not for great beer) and what it really means.

The Age | Ray’s Rant: What Happened to the Good, Old Fashioned Aussie Lager?

I don’t think this article is any good so you might be wondering what it’s doing here. It is troubling to me that an article like this makes it into the mainstream press.

I understand that it’s an opinion piece more than anything but it lacks a lot of research and the strange almost patriotic language, some could be Alf Stewart quotes, is at odds with the articles conclusion of five beers he recommends which are all owned by foreign companies. It’s also interesting to note that one of the beers has been discontinued, not sure when but I think it has been some time.

Perhaps the first article I have listed would have been good for Ray to discover the premium imported lagers he enjoys are not held accountable to the Reinheitsgebot.

“Bring back the taste of Australia,” he remarks. I don’t believe for a second that Australia can be encapsulated in just the ice cold lagers that have continued to decline year after year as this and many other articles and research tells us. What happened to the good, old fashioned Aussie lager, you ask? The same thing as instant coffee and sliced white bread, the market grew and a growing number of consumers are looking for something more.

Oh and this article wouldn’t be complete with a reference “bearded hipsters” though this time it’s aimed at the brewers not the craft beer drinkers. Please don’t make name brewers just in WA who are not bearded. Whilst I’m not listing things, if Ray would like a list of Australian lagers please refer to James Smith’s book 150 Great Australian Beers, pages 34-48 – the lager section.

Gage Roads | Meet the Team: Aaron Heary

A great interview with Gage’s long time brewer Aaron and when you read about his home brews you’ll get super thirsty! The photography in this interview is also lovely.