Memorial Day weekend is here so you are drinking beer, watching auto races, and generally doing nothing. Good on you.
- Memorial Day weekend is seen as the start of the summer season and here is a list of summer beer variety packs for you to enjoy from now until Labor Day.
- Piedmont Valley Community College in Virginia is the newest school to offer a program in brewing sciences. On one hand, I love the fact that brewing is seen as a serious enough economic engine that it is now being taught with a high level of seriousness. On the other hand, is this going to end up like legal education where we have more lawyers then places at law firms for them to work? Also, are these budding brewing courses just money grabs by small colleges and community colleges that don’t really create quality brewers?
- The world’s most popular beer is described as tasting like “wet cardboard.” No it isn’t Bud Light and no you can’t get in the US. This is a good look at the international beer trade specifically in China.
- The hop genome has now been sequenced. I have no idea what that will mean for hop production, but it is actually quite cool.
- Speaking of hop production, 79% of the hops used in brewing are grown in Oregon. Oregon has declared a statewide drought emergency. You see the issue, I hope. First, hop prices are going to go up and then if the drought continues, the flavor of your favorite beer may change because brewers will either get hops from different sources or change their recipes to use less hops.