There were almost too many links today to choose from. From a great video on Beer Geek TV about how the smaller craft breweries are beginning to get crowded out of shelf space to brewery news from Greenville/Spartanburg. I decided to concentrate on a question I get a lot at the bar and news from Charlotte, Asheville, and around North Carolina.
- What Makes a Saison a Saison? Beer And Brewing Magazine asked the question and got a few pretty good answers. I get that question a lot. I usually just say a spring Belgian style beer. I explain a biere de garde as the French version of a saison and I learned from a brewer to just call an ESB an English ale. Anyway, the article I linked to is as good an explanation as any to describe a style that has a rather vague style description.
- Next up, Daniel Hartis looks at a few of the breweries in North Carolina who are starting to outgrow their “microbrew” history and moving to bigger and better spaces for more production and taproom space.
- Matt McKenzie takes a look at summer beers being offered by 5 Charlotte breweries. I have had all but one of these and they are all quite good and not just for summer.
- Thom O’Hearn has a good look at the art of design when it comes to breweries, their labels, and their overall atmosphere with some of Asheville and western North Carolina’s best breweries.
- Finally, Asheville and New Belgium are already winning awards for all the work they are doing with the River Arts District. American Trails, a nonprofit that works in the interests of establishing and maintaining trails of all types from hiking to ATV, has given Asheville and New Belgium a Partnership Award for their work on the French Broad Greenway.
I was one review short this week, so my goal next week is to get an extra review or some other type of post completed for Monday.