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Monday beer links: Do we know where we’re going?

The occasional reminder: Boak & Bailey provide links to News, Nuggets & Longreads each Saturday, Alan McLeod has made Thursday his day for recapping and commenting, Good Beer Hunting offers Read.Look.Drink each Friday, and more sporadically Timely Tipple focuses on history links.


Where is Bass from?
Or that Goose Island IPA in your glass? Or that Night Shift Santilli? Or the Amarillo hops you are so proud to use? Boak & Bailey asked a simple question, and I’m adding a few more related to place. Pardon the earworm but you might consider these Talking Heads lyrics: Well we know where we’re going/But we don’t know where we’ve been/And we know what we’re knowing/But we can’t say what we’ve seen.

Brewery taproom visits dragging down the corner bar.
Have Taprooms Replaced Dive Bars?
The Complicated Business of Going Out to Eat in a Gentrifying Neighborhood.
Welcome to a new semester of Beer From a Place 327, class. There’s enough to discuss in these three posts to get us to spring. I will simply add that in the summer of 2016 Boak & Bailey asked Session contributors to visit a pub or bar and write a report on what they found, in the the 1930s Mass Observation project. Before I settled on Riley’s Pub I visited several contenders pulled from various “best St. Louis dive bar” lists on the internet. At none of them could I have written about the beers people were drinking because little beer was being consumed. A reminder that, even in a bar, it’s not always about the beer.

Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America.
Derek Thompson, who wrote this story, is author of Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction. In that book he writes,
“Most consumers are simultaneously neophilic – curious to discover new things – and deeply neophobic – afraid of anything that’s too new.” He has other points to make in this story, but that one is pretty true when it comes to what happened, and continues to happen, with beer. There are steps between Bud Light and La Cumbre Project Dank.

FOMO Beers, and The Alternatives.
Skip whalez — go directly to the alternatives.

You’re Actually as Old as Your Feel: Introducing ALF, the Brewery Assumed Lifetime Formula.
“Yes, This is Silly”


There’s functional and beautiful . . .
Lemp Brewing in the 19th century

and there’s brewery space reimagined.
Modern day brewery taproom


Dementia warning: Just ONE glass of wine or pint of beer each day could put you at risk.
Drinking any more than A THIRD of a pint of beer a day impairs people’s response time, study finds.
Don’t panic. Just one study, but different choices of what to report. So links to both because, well, I seem to have forgotten.


The Wines That Made Us (1): Mateus Rosé.
And the beer analogy would be?

Heard It Through the Grapevine: Wine Trends to Watch For in 2018.
Data based; from Nielsen.


2 Responses to Monday beer links: Do we know where we’re going?

  1. brewer_a January 22, 2018 at 8:07 am #

    And the future is certain
    Give us time to work it out

  2. Jeff Alworth January 22, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    If love to see more about that alcohol study. The information in that article about the methodology was next to nonexistent. And the results don’t seem to square with the population.

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