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Monday beer links: Geeks, marketing and walls


Changing things up (again), simply a list of good reading, or at least what I’ve been reading. Well, a few thoughts.

The Seven Ages of Beer Geek? and Jeff Alworth’s take on it at Beervana.

– How Ale Sharpton and Dennis Malcolm Byron fit inside the same hat.

Friend or foe? Breweries’ perspectives on legal marijuana.

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Monday beer links: Influences, innovation & questions


Exhibit 1: Winemaker magazine, December 1971
[Via Boak & Bailey’s Beer Blog]
Flattery Will No Doubt Get You Any Number Of Places.
[Via A Good Beer Blog]
What did brewers know and when did they know it? How do you measure influence?

After High End Layoffs, AB InBev to “No Longer Focus on Brewery Acquisitions.”
[Via Paste]
“We continue to lurch forward into a new age of beer, wherein the complicated aspect of ownership and ‘independence’ will be a major point of debate and argument.” But will it change the beers themselves?

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Session #128 topic announced: Bottle shops

The SessionHost Jack Perdue has announced the topic for The Session #128 is Bottle Shops: Good, Bad & The Ugly.

I find it vaguely reassuring that Argonaut Wine & Liquor remains an excellent stop in Denver, given that the Great American Beer Festival will be going on when The Session convenes Oct. 6. Like small breweries, small bottle shops catering to a niche crowd that cares little about beer from large breweries available in a nearby gas station have popped up seemingly everywhere. But there still something appealing about a warehouse setting, where there’s little danger of beer becoming too dang precious.

Monday beer links: Remembering the Beer Hunter & sobering words


Monumental — Remembering Michael Jackson’s Impact on Belgian Beer 10 Years After His Death.
[Via Good Beer Hunting]
Remembering the Bard of Beer: Why There Will Never Be Another Michael Jackson.
[Via All About Beer]
Who was Michael ”the Beer Hunter” Jackson.
[Via c/0 Hops]
What if Michael Jackson had never lived?
[Via Zythophile]
Some terrific stories published right on the 10th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, and don’t overlook an earlier one (“Birth of the Beer Hunter”) as well. Breandán Kearney’s article, the first, examines Jackson’s impact well beyond Belgium; Martyn Cornell had so much to say he had to write two stories; and the headline in All About Beer is correct. But personally, I find the best way to remember him is to read the words Jackson left behind. I wish I could link to a story called “The Pub Door” that appeared in Slow, Slow Food’s journal. Instead a quick summary:
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The fest makes Oktoberfest bier better

Stuttgart Oktoberfest

The SessionThe topic for the 127th gathering of The Session is Oktoberfest lagers. At the risk of having my beer geek credentials revoked I must confess we have not been to Oktoberfest in Munich. We have been to Cannstatter Volkfest in Stuttgart, which began in 1818 and occurs annually at about the same time as the Munich celebration, and attracts four million visitors over the course of two weeks. Three of the beer tents accommodate 5,000, and smaller ones pack in thousands. Outside food and crafts vendors share the midway with rides more impressive than those at the average U.S. state fair or seaside boardwalk; witness the photo above.

We saw young Germans — you know, the ones who no longer find beer relevant — standing on benches lining long beer tables, hoisting one-liter mugs, banging them together, singing along to songs like “YMCA” and “Take Me Home Country Roads,” boogying big time.

Earlier in the day we listened to brass bands like those you’d hear at Americanized Oktoberfest celebrations, playing traditional German tunes. After about every fourth song the afternoon bands stopped to sing “Ein Prosit” and lead thousands of revelers in a toast. Ohlala-Partyband, the group on the stage when the drinkers were on the benches, followed the same formula, but then quickly returned to belting out another pop song that doesn’t sound all that different in German.

Finding an excellent Oktoberfest beer — Urban Chestnut’s Oachkatzlschwoaf (O-Katz), Bob’s 47 from Boulevard, Sierra Nevada’s collaboration with Milternberger, or Ayinger Fest-Märzen for starters — is easy in our parts. And Urban Chestnut throws an excellent Oktoberfest party (every Oktoberfest should include the Bolzen Beer Band). But there’s just something about here German-speakers try to sing “West Virginia, mountain momma” in unison.

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