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Monday beer links: To diversity and beyond


My take: There are problems to be solved. And changing the conversation by pointing to a different one does not mean the first (or second or third) suddenly isn’t one. Beyond that, there have already been enough words spilled over what was easily the biggest American beer story of the week and little need for any from me. I’ll simply add that the initial post was particularly ambitious, and as ProPublica points out such things are a lot of work. So here you go:

– It starts with this post.

– The posts that followed included this and this.
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An emergency session of The Session convened

The SessionJay Brooks rather hastily summoned us for the 131st gathering of The Session today. He has kept it simple, posing three questions.

Question No. 1
“For our first question of the new year, what one word, or phrase, do you think should be used to describe beer that you’d like to drink?”

I’ve answered this one more than once: Beer. That’s it. Beer.

Question No. 2
“For our second question of the new year, what two breweries do you think are very underrated?”

Since I already picked Summit Brewing for Craft Beer & Brewing magazine that has to be one.

And Chuckanut Brewery another. Even if Will Kemper’s beers are referred to as underrated so often you think they might have become overrated. They can’t be overrated.

Question No. 3
“What three types of beer do you think deserve more attention or at least should be more available for you to enjoy?”

Again, I’ll lean on a thought put forward at CB&B, and that is we need more lagers that taste like lagers. This notion that pilsner is the new IPA has led to too many pilsners with a minimum of pilsner malt/yeast character and a maximum of dry hops, sometimes even stinking of the American Northwest.

Next, on a cold evening it may seem silly to wish for more German weissbeers (hefeweizens if you must), but it will be warm again and there won’t be enough.

Finally, more porters please.

Exit through the bottle shop

Altes Mädchen Braugasthaus

If a beer writer falls down in a bar and there’s no one there to hear it, do they make a sound? Or do they just Instagram it instead?

– Pete Brown

Craft Beer Store, Hamburg, GermanyThe photo at the top was taken at Altes Mädchen Braugasthaus, a sprawling brewery, bakery, restaurant, biergarten and bottle shop in Hamburg. (Customers pass through the Craft Beer Store entering and leaving.) As well as Ratsherrn beers brewed on site, there’s plenty of other beer from small and larger breweries inside and outside of Germany. It is a fine place to land after a day or two of Christmas markets and other Hamburg experiences, such as the sobering St. Nikolai Memorial and museum.

The evening and the beer were different than at Banana Jam Cafe in Cape Town, South Africa, at Brewberry in Paris, at Turtle’s Bar & Grill in Shakopee, Minn., at Cervejaria Unika on a Brazilian hillside, or at scores of locations I somehow ended up in last year. And that is how it should be. It’s not like I didn’t already know how big and diverse the beer world is, or that sharing time over beer shouldn’t be just about the beer.
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Monday beer links: Sexism, pastry stouts and pickle beers


Adminstrative note: Monday links will be on hiatus until Jan. 8. Get your weekly links fix from Boak & Bailey, consider the not-quite-every-week suggestions from Timely Tipple or Alan McLeod, or wander further afield with Read.Look.Drink at Good Beer Hunting.

– That there are stories like this one about female brewers in Florida does not change the fact there is sexism and sexual harrassment in craft beer that extends beyond objectionable names*. So, as Jeff Alworth suggests, if “we want to change society, we all have to participate.”
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Book report: ‘Beer is for Everyone’

Once you’ve condensed what might be an entire post to a blurb that fits on the back of a book it may not rehydrate easily, not even with a healthy dose of beer.

So this is what I wrote about Beer is for Everyone!:

“The value of a fresh pair of eyes — or in this case a fresh pair of glasses — is apparent on basically every page. The author, who doubles as protagonist, foregoes making beer formidable and instead invites a newcomer to be comfortable. To adapt a line from page 89, ‘This book was meant for fun.’ ” I wish that I had included Jay Brooks’ suggestion that “it won’t be until later that you realize how much you learned about beer.”

But I think what remains most important is that the book is just plain fun. Author/artist Em Sauter is plenty serious about beer, which is obvious when her character speaks objectively about beer and brewing. It is equally obvious when she speaks subjectively. For example, see pages 104 and 105, where she describes Firestone Walker Pivo. “The beer bombards the senses in an utterly wonderful way. Bready. Spicy. Floral. Woody.” (Appropriate artwork accompanies the words.)

She also offers pairing suggestions: “From sushi to swiss cheese.” No surprise there. But then comes this: “Or from karate to knitting.” Not the way I’d think about Pivo, and maybe something that doesn’t even make sense to me. That’s fine. A discussion about the need for different voices broke out a while back. Listen to one of those voices.

The rehydration of thought stops there, but for more about what is in the book, and additional pages, see what Jeff Alworth had to say.

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