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5April2010: Beer linkorama

Love this lead from the Indianapolis Star: “The rinsed aluminum cans met their destiny on a vibrating gravity slide, where they took a hit of carbon dioxide, got filled with foaming pale ale five at a time, then were sealed with a pop top.”

Sun King in Indianapolis began canning beer last week. Just a few days more than a year after used fermentation tanks were still on their sides and construction workers were putting in drain trenches. That’s when I took the picture at the top. We were there because, here comes the disclaimer, my cousin, Clay, is one of the founders, with the help of my aunt and uncle, Judi and Omar Robinson. So am [insert your favorite obsencity]-ing excited.

  • I already pointed to the long version, but now Martyn Cornell offers the “the executive summary on what we know, what we don’t know, what we can justifiably assume and what we can’t assume about the history of India Pale Ale.” Read it, memorize it, and if anybody ever asks you about the history of IPA, suggests you write a neck label or a description for a beer menu or, heaven forbid a book (yes, Mitch, I’m looking at you) . . . don’t screw it up.
  • Porter’s last hurrah. More history to examine before you type something stupid.
  • Why is it necessary to find a definition of craft beer, and what might that definition be? Yes it feels that we’ve already talked that to death. But this time the questions are asked outside the Brewers Association guidelines because they are delivered with an Italian accent.
  • The Malt Manifesto, intended to help “real ale to appeal to a broader range of people.” Alan McLeod seems to approve, but Pete Brown might be skeptical about the “Guardian’s latest attempt at beer coverage.”
  • Why beer doesn’t matter. Of course it does, or there wouldn’t be 29 comments.
  • The Oregon Economics Blog examines beer often enough I have it filed under “beer” in my reader. Patrick Emerson gets to several key issues in a visit to Upright Brewing, including price. I think he’s wrong that “many” other places wouldn’t support Upright like Portland and Oregon do, but give it a read and think about time as ingredient in beer. And how it adds to the cost of every glass.
  • Sam Adams as the little guy.
  • Nick Matt explains whey the fire at F.X. Matt turned out to be a good thing.
  • It’s not beer (although DUI is mentioned) but we live in the land of “Breaking Bad” — awaiting the episode shot in the bar down the road — so just for fun Better Call Saul.
  • 2 Responses to 5April2010: Beer linkorama

    1. Erik April 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

      As a native of Indy, I can’t tell you how much I love the fact that we have an honest to goodness true brewery in the city again. Sunking is making some great beers and to see the reception they are receiving around town is a really nice thing! For being less than 1 year old, they have a larger presence than pretty much any other local brewery in the city proper. Impressive doesn’t seem a good enough word to how well their start has been!

    2. Mitch April 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

      Got the message Stan! Martyn is one of many in the UK who have helped us decipher the history!

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