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Peak TV & Peak Beer

If you aren’t sure what “peak TV” means then this may help: “When (John) Landgraf said ‘peak TV,’ he was trying to name a problem. Nearly 400 original series aired in 2015, and that number will get higher in 2016. From Landgraf’s perspective, this volume is keeping audiences from finding good series they would enjoy, and this is unsustainable on the network end of things. But peak TV has caught on as a description more than as a warning and that’s because it’s perfectly expressive. There is an insane amount of good television out there, and like Everest (and far lesser climbs), it can be genuinely overwhelming.”

Kind of like standing in the beer aisle at a liquor story. Or facing the taps at Flying Saucer.

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Monday beer links: Changing local culture, hops, in defense of pumpkin beers

MONDAY BEER & OTHER ALCOHOL LINKS, MUSING, 09.29.2016

Dah Dah Doo Dah Dah Dah Dah Dah Doo Dah La Ti Mi Fa La So Fa Mi.
At the moment last Monday I saw that John McPhee had written about taking his first drink, even if it wasn’t a beer, I knew what the first link would be here today. [Via The New Yorker]

Hopefully Just An Intermediate Stage.
While I think about what constitutes “beer news” (beyond the revelation they’ve named a hop after Ernest Salmon) I will offer a link to a blog Alan and the rest of you may not be reading (next). [Via A Good Beer Blog]

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Just in case Florida isn’t the next hop powerhouse

Conveniently enough yesterday @BeerAdvocate tweeted to a link to a story I wrote for the magazine not quite two years ago. It began, “The American hop market seldom finds a comfortable equilibrium for very long, simply because as essential as hops are in brewing beer, they serve almost no other commercial purpose.”

Business was booming then and it is booming now. Last week I revisited one of the reasons why, and Bryan Roth is posting about hops every day this week. In addition, last week Good Beer Hunting took notice of how acreage outside the Northwest is growing and All About Beer had a story about an attempt to grow hops in Florida.

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Session #116 announced: Anything Gose

The SessionHost Derrick Peterman has announced the topic for The Session #116 is “Anything Gose,” and suggests you learn how to pronounce it.

I choose the Gose style in particular since it can be approached in so many different ways. Want to talk about the history of the Gose? How about how American breweries are taking this style and running wild with it with different spice and fruit additions? How else has the Gose manifested itself outside its German homeland? Is the Gose here to stay or will it go the way of the Black IPA, once the hot style but slowly becoming a largely irrelevant curiosity? (OK, that might not be your opinion of the Black IPA, but you get the idea.) Of course, we’re all on the look-out for a good Gose, so if there are any you particularly like, we’d love to hear about them.

If you want to learn more about the history of the style, I can recommend a good book.

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Monday beer links: Craft writing reminder & a German drinks in Denver

MONDAY BEER, WINE & WALKING LINKS, MUSING, 09.19.2016

How the Denver beer scene made a German beer connoisseur realize he didn’t know much after all.
I sure hope there is a follow up from Fabian Reinbold, an editor at German magazine Der Spiegel and right now an Arthur F. Burns fellow at The Denver Post. In this article he writes mostly about beers themselves (within the context of his own palate). I’d really like to read his observations about the settings where they were consumed. [Via Denver Post]

The curious case of sports writers who switch to wine.
[Via Columbia Journalism Review]
Craft Beer and Writing? Not the Unusual Pairing You Imagine.
[Via University of Kentucky News]
I saved the Columbia Journalism Review article a while back because I intended to write about storytelling and selling beer. But because I just did a reset on the mission statement here (which restricts navel gazing to Mondays) and because I want to repeat, while you still have time to make plans, that you’ll have a great time if you head to Lexington for Craft Writing: Beer, The Digital and Craft Culture now seems like the time to consider what the CJR story has to say about writing about sports and writing about alcoholic beverages.

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