A good mix of links for today. We go around the world and back again to talk about beer, beer quality, water, craftiness, and the future.
- First, so you don’t think the US is the only country producing good beer, here is an article from the Drinks Business magazine about the top 10 world beers in the news today. Nothing Earth shattering, just a really good list of international beers.
- Next up, a Canadian look at the concept of craft. Jason Proctor asks an important question, “What is craft beer anyway?” That is a question that has begun to truly vex the craft beer community. How do you define this thing that is still in its adolescence and growing and developing?
- Quality is second only to taste for a brewer in my opinion because the beer’s quality will affect the beer’s taste. This blog post analyzes a few recent examples of how smaller craft brewers have been dealing with quality on the back end. I linked to an article about one yesterday. Each of these breweries did the right thing in the end, but could they have done more to prevent these issues at the beginning?
- Growing pains. That was a great show. It is also what craft beer is going through. Those growing pains are exacerbated in California because of the drought. This article has a good run down of three things that are causing consternation in the craft beer world, starting with water.
- Speaking of water, New Belgium has come out in full support of the proposed Water in the United States EPA rule. The goal of the rule is to extend the Clean Waters Act to upstream water sources not currently protected. The most important thing in beer is water. It is the foundation everything in any beer is based upon. As the climate changes, it is going to become increasingly important that brewers find ways to conserve and protect their water sources.
Those are today’s links, I will hopefully be back later today with a Beer Counselor and a non-growler review.