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Monday beer links, with sake and wine on the side


– I fear this train has already left the station, but it would be nice if we all agreed what we are talking about when discussing kveik.

– What do you do after you have brewed with home made malt and had a go at chicha de muko? Make sake, if you are Ed Wray, and even if you have to use risotto rice.

– Once you get past the reality that Bill Coveleski even has a favorite Rush song, the Victory Brewing co-founder makes a powerful argument for “fortifying at home.”
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It’s not Monday, but here are a few beer links

Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn BreweryGarrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewer deep into a conversation during Great American Beer Festival.

Bryan Roth and Jeff Alworth both do a bit of GABF by the numbers. Among other topics, Roth digs into coffee beers and “German-style Koelsch.” Just for fun, look back 15 years at the 2002 results. Kölsch (39 entries versus 154 in 2017) was one of the more popular categories, but there were only 15 coffee entries (compared to 203 in 2017).

– Matthew Curtis (@totalcurtis) and Alan McLeod (@agoodbeerblog) both use Twitter to broadcast primers on beer blogging. (Blogging lessons from Twitter? Did I just type that sentence?)

– Here’s my story about bees that won first for Best Technical Writing in the North American Guild of Beer Writers annual competition. (Best technical writing? Another sentence I don’t believe I typed.)

– Ernie Banks hit a home run in the first major league baseball game I attended. So of course I am a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and am delighted with the outcome of last night’s game in Washington. But as a lifelong Cubs fan I feel for Nationals fans (and most of their players). The odds of what happened in what will likely become known as the Scherzer Inning cannot be comprehended. 1 in 2,183,406,113?

Monday beer links: Tradition, lambic wars, and meaning of local


Administrative note: There will be no more weekly links here until November. As in July, because of travel there simply won’t be time to collect and organize them.

– Hop harvest is not over everywhere yet, and even after the last bines are stripped of cones there is plenty to be done on farms and in processing plants. So more like the end of a chapter than the whole story.

– Dave Berg at August Schell Co. digs deep into the history of brewing with adjuncts, inspiring Brian Alberts to expand the conversation. If you want to know even more about the history and why American brewers came to use adjuncts then I recommend the third chapter of Brewing Local (full disclosure – I wrote the book). How that history relates to what we call traditional is at the center of both of these posts.

– And defining what is traditional can lead to war.

– Wait. You can buy a brewery in Denver for $225,000? Could it double as an Airbnb? Appears a several Colorado breweries are available for the right price.

– On the other hand, you can open one in New Orleans with $80,000. Of course, “We have to grow, because we’re killing ourselves,” says Courtyard Brewery founder Scott Wood. “There’s just too much work for how much money we make.”

How Gose got salty. Not exactly definitive, but a starting place.

– And the question I ask myself every day (and should address here more often). What does it mean to “drink locally”?


– Can the wine industry replicate the success breweries have had getting consumers to line up for special releases?

The Evolution of American Oak.


Monday beer links: Business & craft; technology & craft


– I expect that this already fascinating conversation with the co-founders of Scofflaw Brewing (yeah, the middle finger guys) may be equally fascinating to look back on in one, three, maybe five, years.

– In explaining the evolution of buyouts Jeff Alworth concludes that “in buying minority stakes in Redhook and Widmer, AB got a front row seat at the craft show.” That would be true, but I’d suggest what they learned after buying Goose Island had a greater impact. It is important to remember AB InBev bought GI after InBev took over AB, bringing with it quite a bit of, shall we say, acquisition history. AB InBev acquired Goose Island in March of 2011 and it was almost three years before it bought Blue Point Brewing, then 10 Barrel Brewing, Elysian Brewing, and so on.

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Monday beer links: Geeks, marketing and walls


Changing things up (again), simply a list of good reading, or at least what I’ve been reading. Well, a few thoughts.

The Seven Ages of Beer Geek? and Jeff Alworth’s take on it at Beervana.

– How Ale Sharpton and Dennis Malcolm Byron fit inside the same hat.

Friend or foe? Breweries’ perspectives on legal marijuana.

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