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Monday beer links, with sake and wine on the side


– I fear this train has already left the station, but it would be nice if we all agreed what we are talking about when discussing kveik.

– What do you do after you have brewed with home made malt and had a go at chicha de muko? Make sake, if you are Ed Wray, and even if you have to use risotto rice.

– Once you get past the reality that Bill Coveleski even has a favorite Rush song, the Victory Brewing co-founder makes a powerful argument for “fortifying at home.”


– Friday I dropped a story into Pocket headlined “No more free passes: Not every new craft brewery is good and we need to admit it.” And Saturday it was replaced by an “Ooops… Error 404” message. When it was there it began, “We need to talk about an elephant in the room: newly-opened craft breweries putting out subpar beer.” Apparently somebody did not want to talk about the elephant in the room.” (It took a couple of days, but the ooops link now takes readers to the story.)


– But beer as well. You can’t appreciate wine without getting (at least a little bit) drunk. I cannot resist passing along these three sentences: “I judged a beer competition recently where I tried over a hundred beers and didn’t spit once. Which is perhaps why you rarely meet a thin beer writer. Can it be a coincidence that beer and whisky are seen as fun and unpretentious whereas wine still suffers from accusations of snobbery?”

– Jamie Goode on why critisim matters (in this case wine). But how much of what shows up online, praising or panning any particular beer, is “just opinion” and how much expert opinion?

– Maybe a wheel is not the best format for visualizing aroma and/or flavor.

Climate change and the olive harvest. The heat wave which messed with hops did not discrimate.


The Beer Nut made my GIF better.

4 Responses to Monday beer links, with sake and wine on the side

  1. Mark October 30, 2017 at 7:39 am #

    I enjoyed and agree with Avery Gilbert’s thoughts on wheels and he may be correct in his final analysis here regarding enthusiasm, “(Both of these, I should note, were preceded by Ann Noble’s 1987 Wine Aroma Wheel, which really launched the modern enthusiasm for wheels.)” but the beer flavor wheel is from 1979, 8 years prior to the Wine Aroma Wheel as he dates it.

    • Stan Hieronymus October 30, 2017 at 9:52 am #

      Good point, Mark.

  2. Alan October 30, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    The definition of “expert opinion” in the drinks trade is at least as wonky as kveik.

  3. Jeff Alworth November 2, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    I googled that article you mentioned, Stan, and found it here:

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