Weekend Reading #58

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.


Forbes | Eat Your Beer: Why A San Francisco Startup Is Making Granola Bars From Spent Brewing Grains

I am aware of lots of breweries who don’t let their spent grains to go waste and instead provide it for farmers to feed cattle. I love this article’s focus on the small company Regrained who are using spent grain from breweries to make granola bars.

We believe we should all be able to have our beer…and eat it too.

From the ReGrained website

If this kind of thing puts a big smile on your face, pop into Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen in Fremantle where head chef Mitch Mitchell is always putting their breweries spent grain to good use, most prominently in the form of his spent grain sourdough.

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Beer Bread  // Photo from Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen Facebook page

Draft Magazine | Renegade Brewing Co. owner Brian O’Connell talks beer festivals, drinking local and what it means to be a renegade

What I love about breweries and the stories behind why they opened is that I have never heard someone say, “I opened a brewery to make a pot of cash”. Brian’s story is just a fun, passion filled and wonderful as any other story I have heard. I particularly like the recollection of the day he realised he had to give it a shot.

I cancelled the meetings I was supposed to go to, rented a car and drove three hours out to the Delaware coast and spent the day at the Dogfish Head Brewery.

His approach to beer festivals is also of interest, not that we are reaching the same kind of numbers that the US are but being one brewery amongst a field of them begs the question as to how valuable they are for the breweries themselves, maybe is more than one way to get exposure?

Australian Brews News | Bridge Roads sets up authenticity campaign

A really interesting media release from Bridge Roads Brewers (VIC) to introduce new symbols to appear on their packaging and communications. There is this on-going debate as to whether the term “craft beer” is relevant, the can of worms really opens up when you start asking what the term means, how it should (if it should) be defined. This approach from Bridge Roads embraces the word “craft” and gives the drinker an idea of what it means. Maybe it even encourages questions from the drinker, like questions on owns others beers you like, do some breweries brew off site and, most importantly what does that mean?

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The team at Bridge Road Brewers are proud of what they do and the beer they make. The symbols were developed by the team, asking themselves; what is it that makes us different? And what do I expect from the craft beer I drink?

Wall Street Journal | Line Them Up: ‘Crafty’ Expats Stir Up the Vietnamese Beer Scene

As always I really enjoy reading about the craft beer scene in other countries outside of Australia and the US, this article on Vietnam’s emerging craft beer scene, what is driving it and its growth potential is super interesting.

BrewDog | DIY Dog

This is pretty epic. Scottish craft brewery BrewDog, known for excellent beer, making a lot of noise and stuffing a beer bottle into a taxidermy squirrel, have just released their entire back catalogue of beer recipes and story along with a guide to home brewing. Like I said, epic. Even if you don’t home brew, this is a great document to download and get all beer geeky on.

Weekend Reading #3

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.

This week I came across a number of interesting articles and they are all American, I don’t know why I ended up with an all USA list of reading material this week but there are definitely parallels with our own craft beer culture and trends. Hope you enjoy this weekends reading!

Table Matters | Quality Control
Online magazine about food, drink and culture

Beer geeks have pretty high expectations of our beloved craft beers but with more and more craft popping up its important to remember that just because something is “craft” doesn’t instantly mean it is going to be good. Incidentally the same goes the other way too, just because something is put out by “the big boys”, aka CUB and Lion Nathan, doesn’t mean that it’s crap. It all comes down to quality and this is a great article exploring just what ” quality” means and how it can affect the overall market.

Table Matters | Beginners Blue

I like my cheese big and stinky and gooey but I have to admit that sometimes the taste buds don’t want to be viciously slapped around, sometimes they wanted to be cuddled and caressed. In these instances these softer blue cheeses sound like they would do just the trick!

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The Times of Northwest Indiana | Brewers get crafty using spent grain from beer

I linked back to another article about using spent grain in last weeks edition of ‘Weekend Reading’ but I really liked this one too. Love the idea of spent grain doggy biscuits

Serious Eats | Secrets of the Spice Trade: How to Run a Spice Shop
A family of food focused websites

You may have noticed that I recently was in Melbourne for Good Beer Week during which I went to an amazing beer versus wine event called Brew vs Cru. The lunch saw Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery go head to head with Ten Minutes by Tractor winery and featured some incredible beers and wines. One of these beers was Brooklyn Brewery La Boite, named after the spice shop who helped create the beer. Garrett spoke very highly of this shop, saying that it was an evocative experience just walking in, the aromas so compelling that they transported you places. Imagine my delight to accidentally stumble across this article which features that same spice shop ‘La Boîte à Epices’.

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Draft Magazine | 10 foodie beers to savour now
American online beer magazine

Speaking of Good Beer Week, this article seemed more relevant with my memories still fresh from the GABS festival where beer ingredients included black peppercorns and sesame seeds. I liked the sounds of the wheat beer with kaffir lime leaves and made me wonder what the hell a huckleberry tastes like.

Entrepreneur | Could rising costs mean the end of craft beer brewers?
Online business news and strategy website

I’ve heard many people debate the cost of a pint of craft beer and whilst taxes is a big part of this cost it’s also using quality ingredients. This interesting article touches on the rising cost of hops and looks at how such increased costs can/could affect the little brewers.

Beer and Hops at Cowaramup