Today’s links have an international flavor. By the way, this is the second version of the links this morning, the first was lost due to a little user error, but we persevere.
- If you asked most Americans what the difference between an Australian and a New Zealander was, they might be able to tell you they are from different countries. If you’re lucky. On the beer front, just like in this country there is camaraderie among brewers at the individual level, but that doesn’t extend to the organizations representing each countries brewers. That’s especially true once you start talking about money.
- Beer is healthy for you. Didn’t we beer drinkers already know this? I’ve always found health claims, particularly those of certain diets and fads interesting. Its like people want to lose weight and be healthy without having to actually do anything.
- Today’s local newspaper story comes from Killeen, TX. Home brewing is a huge part of American craft beer. Almost every brewer at a craft brewery started in their kitchen cooking up a barely drinkable homebrew. But you know what, the first beer you brew is always the best beer you ever drank, no matter how bad it actually is.
- Here is a quick interview with John Lyda and Oliver Wang from Highland in a Knoxville bar. The sound quality is poor, but you do get a few insights from them on how they started and where they see craft beer, particularly in Asheville, going as it matures.
- Here is a good article about the growing hops and grain farming industries in North Carolina. Again, as craft brewing matures as an industry it will have a deeper impact in many different areas of business and people’s lives. It is becoming clearer that craft is more than just drinking beer. It is evolving into an actual lifestyle. By the way, in preparation for their NC Brewer’s Celebration this coming Saturday, All About Beer and Daniel Hartis have been grinding out a lot of good content about NC beer, its history and future. You should check it out.