07.01.19 BEER & WINE LINKS
Alan McLeod found plenty interesting to write about last week, but Boak & Bailey not so much. I am in the latter camp. Brevity today will be followed by silence next week, because beginning Wednesday I’ll be bouncing between cities in Brazil.
1) The $100 million question.
A San Diego Union-Tribune reader asks what happened to the Stone Brewing Company program called “True Craft” and Peter Rowe answers. “True Craft sounded too ambitious to be true, and that proved to be the case. Reached while traveling in Europe this week, Greg Koch confirmed that True Craft is dead. ‘That hasn’t been active for some months,’ Koch said. ‘It was an idea that never came to fruition.’”
Poor Cascade, hanging out with Old Man Fuggle pic.twitter.com/f17A1oNeoN
— Em (@PintsandPanels) June 28, 2019
2) I love this cartoon from Em Sauter, but I wouldn’t be a proper hop geek if I didn’t point out that “old man” is a bit confusing here because only female hop plants produce cones. It also happens that Fuggle is a parent of Cascade, . . . and Citra is 25% Fuggle. There’s a whole damily dynamic.
3) Celis brewery to be sold in auction.
Back in 2005, I wrote a story for All About Beer Magazine’s 25th anniversary about 25 beer sites across 25 years. One of those was Aus-Tex Printing and Mailing. They were certainly surprised the day a few years earlier when I knocked on the door to confirm that was the first site of a defunct Celis Brewery in Austin. Now it seems there is another.
4) Craft Beer is an Effective if Unexpected Ambassador in the U.S. Foreign Service.
“American craft breweries can assist with what is known as soft power in the diplomatic world, part of which can come from an appreciation for a country’s culture.” So the next question is: In what way does craft beer represent American culture?
5) There’s a beer patent for that.
I would have linked to this story had I not written it, so consider this: “It didn’t help that, during the time period in question, those seeking patents were generally perceived as charlatans rather than serious inventors. Inventors were more likely to keep their creations secret within their firms or guilds.”
6) The Benefits of Learning with a Wine Aroma Kit.
A short read, with a powerful closing message that “to crack open my aroma kit is always a humbling reminder that there’s always more to learn and rediscover about wine.”