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Beery things you might have missed over the long weekend

MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 09.01.14

#beerylongreads. The latest round of posts resulting from Boak & Bailey’s request for bloggers to “go long” resulted in to some excellent narratives. Set aside a little time.
[Via Boak & Bailey’s Beer Blog]

Sister Doris: Europe’s last beer-making nun. “Sister Doris is living proof that women are destined for a higher calling than simply serving beer and starring in Germany’s retrograde beer ads.”
[Via CNN Travel]

The Budweiser ironies. Read it with two questions in mind. First, what value do connections to the past have? Second, how might place factor in the discussion?
[Via Beervana]

The personal pursuit of balance. Does stuff like this get discussed at a wine bloggers conference? Among beer bloggers? It should.
[Via RJonWine.com]

The straw challenge. When we were in Poland, we often saw beers delivered with straws in them. At first we thought it was so the server would know which one to serve to which customer — including the time a beer Daria ordered showed up with a straw in it. Then we figured out the glasses most often, by a lot, ended up in front of women and also requently contained beer mixed with something else. This small experiment by Max Bahnhof suggests how bad the idea is. (I must, however, add that I disagree with his statement that “sensory experiences can not be objectively evaluated or quantified.” Trained sensory panels cannot be undervalued.
[Via Pivni Filosof]

6 Responses to Beery things you might have missed over the long weekend

  1. Alan September 1, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    “Trained sensory panels cannot be undervalued.”

    Sure they can. You need to explain why they shouldn’t or they will be. They still likely will be even if you do come to think of it. Sorry, just the way it is. Somewhere the mustard tasters meet in annual conventions.

  2. Pivní Filosof September 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    What I meant, and I think I should’ve made myself clearer, is that “sensory experiences can not be objectively evaluated or quantified” outside of a controlled environment–nobody drinks beer in a tasting lab.

  3. Lars Marius Garshol September 2, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    “Trained sensory panels cannot be undervalued.”

    If I take this literally, it would mean that no matter how low a value I assign to tasting panels, even if I consider their value infinitely negative, you still don’t think I’m valuing them low enough. I suspect that’s not what you meant. 🙂

  4. Stan Hieronymus September 2, 2014 at 3:54 am #

    Lars – yes I should have typed “overvalued.” I’ve done this here before and eventually will learn not to.

    Alan, I think Max pretty much addressed my point. Some people (not everybody is good at it) can be trained so they are able to say “this batch tastes different than the one yesterday” and describe how. Or to rate levels of bitterness.

  5. Alan September 2, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    I am well aware of that Stan. I do think it should be undervalued outside of the lab. It is one of those skills that has a tiny use and does massive damage when it escapes.

  6. Alan September 2, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    Or overvalued for that matter! 😉

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