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Monday beer links: Luther, Tachtigers and koduõlu (oh my)


Alworth’s 9.5 Theses is not just another listicle (which, if you recall my aversion to such things, is more than begrudging praise). As commenters suggest there are contradictions within, but that’s what you get when you think about things.

– The story of East-Indian Haantjesbier was not a contribution to this month’s Session (“missing local beer styles”), but it could have been. This reads like the beginning of an historical novel, doesn’t it? “The Tachtigers, as many Dutch people vaguely remember from Dutch class in high school, were a group of young, rebellious writers and artists who wanted to resist the complacency of the Dutch bourgeoisie of that time. And Haantjesbier is what was served at the Karseboom café in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, where the Tachtigers met in 1881. In fact drinking Haantjesbier was an act of resistance in itself, because the actual fashion of the day in the Netherlands was Bavarian beer.”

Seto kingdom day (and koduõlu).

– Alworth’s 9.5 Theses celebrate Old World beer culture, so it is interesting to consider Weatherspoons pubs as “very close to a universal British experience these days.”

– Imagining beer as an act of imagination.

barley malt

– Discussing how base malt flavor influences beer preferences is just the beginning. Research in 2018 will consider several malting barley varieties, grown in two to three different locations, from three different crop years. Presumably they’ll also tackle another question: How much influence does the malthouse itself have on flavor?


– I’m pretty sure faux-egalitarian BS and first-person preening is not a good thing.

– And the flip side: When is a beer (just) a beer?


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