The morning links, a tradition unlike any other. Except for all the other link dumps and listicles you get in your Twitter feeds and Facebook timelines during the day. Don’t let that full you, this is the highlight of my morning. Enjoy.
- We begin in Japan where craft beer is finally taking hold. It is much the same story as the US and other parts of the world, light fizzy yellow lager dominated for reasons of tradition and business practices, but taste and variety are beginning to win out in small ways.
- Will Gordon finds an alcoholic root beer that he likes.
- This is a good explanation and description of rauchbier and other smoked beers. Apparently, there is a festival in Richmond focusing on the smoky side of craft. There is also a listing of the participating brewers and their beers near the end. That way if you can’t make it, you can still try and find the beers to sample.
- A group of friends all home brew. They get quite good at it and win a ton of awards. Then they decide to open up a brewery because they can find cheap building space in an area looking to revitalize. This is the tale of American craft beer in a nutshell. Good luck to these guys in Cary, NC.
- This is a really good column from a Buffalo weekly magazine that combines two of my favorite things: Zen philosophy and craft beer. “With beer geeks, as with life, there is no right answer. There is a certain peace to the Zen of the Sipper, and there is a commendable determination lying deep within the Seeker.”