Weekend Reading #38

This edition features articles on the term ‘sour beer’, White Labs Yeast, session IPAs and the importance of breweries telling a story

I love lounging in bed on weekends and catching up on all my favourite beery reading. From the American craft beer scene, local beer news and anything else that tickles my beery fancy, there is a lot of excellent reading material out there! Every weekend (though I may miss the occasional one due to forgetfulness!) I’m posting a list of the articles and blogs that have enjoyed and hope that you will too!


Brewbound | Brewbound Session: The Art of Storytelling

One of my favourite beer podcasts to listen to is Good Beer Hunting by Michael Kiser. Great interviews and engaging conversations, it’s fantastic! Here is an article and a video about storytelling, engagement and breweries.

Good Beer Hunting | Trading Pitches for Pizza – White Labs Pure Yeast and Fermentation in San Diego, CA

As beer geeks we can get a little caught up in the hops and the malt, seemingly the more romantic ingredients of brewing but the science behind yeast is something fascinating. I love finding great articles on yeast and fermentation; so much to learn!

Fortune | Low-alcohol Session IPA is the hot beer trend for summer

This is probably not massively surprising given we have been drinking Australian and New Zealand session hoppy beers like 8 Wired Semiconductor, Colonial Small Ale and, more recently, Pirate Life Throwback IPA.

Draft Magazine | Stop Calling Beers ‘Sours’

An article questioning the use of the term ‘sour’ which I found quite interesting.

Ale of a Time | Keep Calling Beers ‘Sours’

To flip the previous article on its head, here’s a great piece from Luke Robertson.

 

Weekend Reading #26

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.

Goodtimes Craft Beverages | Homestead Brewery: Ron Feruglio Interview

A great local Perth blog by Guy Southern who I frequently run into at beer events either just as I’m leaving or as he is leaving, we sadly appear destined not to share a beer together ever! That aside, I really enjoyed this interview Guy did with Homestead brewer Ron Feruglio. Homestead, if you haven’t been out there, is the newest brewery in the Swan Valley and Ron brings a heck of a lot of knowledge and experience with him to this new venture. The result, I think, is an excellent core range of beers that aren’t afraid to be a bit challenging and a genuinely exciting limited release range that I think will bring lots of beer geeks to their knees frequently as they are released throughout 2015. If that all sounds like your cup of tea, and I’m assuming since you’re reading then the odds are fairly good, I’d be reading this interview. Probably with a beer too.

Homestead grand opening

L: Homestead Brauhaus Munich Lager | R: Homestead Curvee Belgian Ale

All About Beer | Sweden Rising: Beer Culture Booms in Scandinavian Country

I really enjoy reading about how craft beer culture is developing in countries other than Australia and America as most of my reading tends to centre around these two countries. To glimpse into the craft beer world of Mexico or Sweden, as this article links to, is a nice reminder of how far reaching the love for craft beer is.

Broadsheet | What Exactly is Sour Beer?

A nice and relatively brief article introducing sour beer – what it is, what you can expect and a handful of recommendations. Sour beer has been growing in popularity here and whilst it can be a very abrasive experience for some, it can also be a game changer. I recently heard some great advice on how to try sour beers, it came from a new beer podcast I have been listening to – The Sour Hour by The Brewing Network – and they talked about a ‘three sip rule’. Why three? Because the first sip is a shock, you’ve just slapped your palate! The second sip gets you into it, you start to taste more flavours and then the third sip, you’re in, you’re getting it.

Weekend Reading #7

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.

Is it that time again?! Boy, this week went kinda fast! I didn’t read a heap this week but here’s a couple of funny / tasty things that caught my attention …

iAfrica.com | Quirky beer ads pike fun at hipsters
I am kicking this edition of Weekend Reading off with something that made me giggle, I think I like the print as more than the video but both are a little fun without being actually offensive or rude.

“A beer with more substance than a hipster’s handmade leather journal”

Table Matters | Red, white and brew
I am not one to get into the American holidays, I don’t do Halloween and I don’t do 4th July but much of my beery reading is American therefore I have been reading a lot of beer and 4th July/independence day centric articles. I guess it is no different from our Australia Day celebrations with articles on how to cook the best BBQ and which pub has the best beer garden. Anyway, this article is an interesting breakdown of what beer comes from where when it comes to America’s favourite big brews.

Craft Beer | Sour Beer : The wild side of pairings
I put up a blog post this week about pairing Rodenbach Grand Cru with homemade tomato and roasted capsicum pasta sauce, it seemed serendipitous that I came across this article within days.

A great introduction to American sour and wild beers, a good reminder for me to stop using the words “sour” and “wild” as interchangeable as I do.
Sour = bacteria
Wild = Brettanomyces yeast strains

I’ve decided to remember this by thinking that Brett is a wild and crazy guy.

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ABC News | Canadian man puts resume on a 4 pack of craft beer
It feels like one of those things that should have already been done, or maybe it has and this is just the first time it made the news! It was unsurprising to see it was a creative job that he got. Resumes on a pack of beer wouldn’t get you a foot in the door at the bank, for instance, or hospitals or government offices I’d imagine. Perhaps you’re resume on a box of pens might serve you better in those scenarios?