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Monday beer links: Diversity, mental health and Fynbos flavors


Portland brewer Lee Hedgmon defies stereotypes about beer and race.
No shit. h/T to @brewingarchives, who also collected this terrific oral history from Lee Hedgmon. Set aside a couple of hours.

Scott Sullivan from Greenbush – Describes Mental Health Issue in Craft Beer Industry as a Cancer.
Not a fun topic, but a serious topic. Take time for the comments.


When terroir trumps quality.
You Love Wine Science Until it Detracts From the Magic in Your Glass.
As I wrote last week, I love how science explains beer. I also understand that fact does not guarantee I am necessarily rational when considering how I feel about any particular beer. So, spoiler alert, jumping directly to the final paragraph of You Love.

“But the beauty of wine [insert the word beer here if you like] — the reason why we love it — is elsewhere, and lives very happily in the land of myths and stories. We tell those stories, and believe those myths, when we drink wine, because doing so makes us very happy. Then we go to bed, and wake up sober, and believe in science.”


Wilderer gin
Little Wolf: A botanical journey through the world of beer.
Fynbos gins, I discovered last year visiting South Africa, have “I don’t know where I tasted that before” flavors. The same botanicals have the potential to change South African beer.

Staring At The Sea — Verdant Brewing Co in Falmouth, UK.
Globalization of beer? Or can they keep it local? “Days start slow at Verdant. It’s Friday morning and the guys are excited to be making their third-ever batch of Track & Field, an IPA with Citra and Mosaic hops and Conan yeast, directly inspired by The Alchemist’s Focal Banger.”

How Long Have UK Brewers Been Using American Hops? 200 Years, You Say …
When Did The United States First Export Hops?
To add one more data point to the conversation, in 1806 Massachusetts passed a low providing for compulsory inspection and grading of all hops packed for export. Strict standards were set for inspection and sternly enforced with the result that Massachusetts “first sort” band became know as the best hops in the United States. It was reported most of the crop was shipped to France and Germany.


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