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Monday beer links: Sexism, pastry stouts and pickle beers


Adminstrative note: Monday links will be on hiatus until Jan. 8. Get your weekly links fix from Boak & Bailey, consider the not-quite-every-week suggestions from Timely Tipple or Alan McLeod, or wander further afield with Read.Look.Drink at Good Beer Hunting.

– That there are stories like this one about female brewers in Florida does not change the fact there is sexism and sexual harrassment in craft beer that extends beyond objectionable names*. So, as Jeff Alworth suggests, if “we want to change society, we all have to participate.”

* It did not take long for a paradigm shift at Paradigm Shift Brewing. Founder Mike Malinowsk first said he would not change the name of Panty Dropper toasted coconut cream ale, and then he did. Credit blow back on the internet, and particularly Carla Jean Lauter. And Paradigm Shift for recognizing the need.

– Which one of these might be fake news? a) Pastry stouts and NEIPAs “aren’t killing craft beer. They are invigorating it.” b) A brewery asks “What if Bad Beer Were Really Expensive?‘ c) Pickles and in beer (h/T @kbernot for c).


– Hit search (for wine) and replace (with beer) and see what you think: “Wine in America is a mixtape, a mash-up. Its disparate origins and borrowed traditions collide with colloquial quirks and generational narratives. Sometimes our wines get the conventional wisdom wrong in beautiful ways; and in the same breath, there is nothing more boring, at least in my opinion, than a ‘technically correct’ American wine.” I’m not sure what a “technically correct” American beer might be, but I do think that an American-brewed beer that might pass for a flavorful beer brewed elsewhere in the world need not be boring.

– Granted, when considering “Vignerons as the Mediators of Modernity” there is no straight up search and replace alternative involving beer. But that beer, unlike wine, is made from more than one harvested ingredient does not weaken the agricultural connection. Nor that beer farmers and brewers may themselves be mediators. At the center there is this: modernity “includes ideas of critically engaging with our environment, with each other, and with our own experience, in order to probe for meaning, and in that way create a sense of order to otherwise overwhelming experiences.”


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