Monday beer links, musing 12.30.13

- On beer writing. Inside baseball, for sure — in fact, Adrian Tierney-Jones wrote this first as the “Industry Insider” column in CAMRA’s What’s Brewing magazine — but lots of fodder for discussion Feb. 15 in Kentucky.

I am particularly interested in seeing what sort of future there is for narrative beer writing, both in print (including magazines as well as books) and in digital form. Be sure to read the comments from Pete Brown and others.

- Looking for crossmodal correspondences between classical music and fine wine. “Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No 1 in D major turned out to be a very good match for the Château Margaux 2004 (red wine). Meanwhile, Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D major, K285 was found to be a good match for the Pouilly Fumé (white wine).” When will Flavour publish a similar study involving beer?

- South Africans Search for Flavor in Their Beer. Nothing wrong that South African hops get no mention, but I’ve had some excellent beers this year made with varieties bred on the SAB Hop Farms. They are available to smaller breweries, giving them what seems like an excellent opportunity to create “indigenous” beers.

- Slovenian beer turns sour as state fire sale looms. Not that Lasko is a great beer, but this is a sad story.

- Joe Sixpack’s beer highlights of 2013. I’m not a fan of lists, but will make an exception for Don Russell.

3 Responses to Monday beer links, musing 12.30.13

  1. Jeff December 31, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Much thanks for the tip on the first link. I, too, would like to see more narrative and fewer guide books and best of books. My own beer book in progress is somewhat narrative based, but is very much concerned with anecdotes and storytelling (though via social media) in the beer world. But I’m also an academic, and I have never depended on sales of my books for income (few people buy academic books). Pete’s idea is one I’ve pushed as well in academia and in beer writing, we’ve seen a little bit of the ebook with Evan Rail’s work.

  2. Todd January 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    South Africans search for flavor in their beer,, by buying from Freshops? Is that the intended link?

    • Stan Hieronymus January 3, 2014 at 6:55 am #

      Thanks fixed now, Todd. Thanks for noticing.