Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/27/15

Saturday morning links are often hard to come by.  This morning was a little different.  There were lots of links, but were any worthy enough to be included in this list?  You decide.

  • I understand that some places use smaller glasses and pour lots of foam. Those places should be shamed and pilloried.  However, if you pour a beer correctly into a 16 oz. glass you should have about a half inch of foam at the top.  Two reasons for this:  it looks better and the foam helps create aroma which helps the beer taste better.  Of course, I’m talking about pouring craft beer which normally has more flavor than your average American light lager.  By the way, this is a weird thing to make your crusade.
  • Highland Brewing is sometimes forgotten in the burgeoning NC craft beer scene. Forgotten in the sense that they make consistently good/drinkable, though not spectacular, beer.  They appear to be going on the offensive go combat that perception with a new “Warrior” series. (See what I did there “combat” and “warrior”. I’m a professional, don’t try this at home.)
  • Even as NC and SC continue to have new breweries pop up seemingly in every town, craft brewers from out of state are trying to enter both markets. It will be interesting to see how the new breweries coming in and all the new breweries starting up will affect the production levels of established NC brewers in the long run.
  • Its 2015 and we are still arguing over the term craft brewery. Unfortunately it will only get worse now the federal government tax code will have a hand in partially defining the term.  The Brewer’s Association has massaged the term over the last few years to keep Boston Beer and Sierra Nevada among others in the ranks of craft beer and they will continue massaging their definition.  That will not change.  However, I’m tired of the endless hand ringing and arguments over who is or what is craft.  You know it when you taste it.
  • This is an article that makes a good point about the ubiquity of the IPA and how it is unfortunately taking over much of the craft world (at least for the general public coming into craft). It also gives a few good alternatives to IPAs.  However, and maybe because it is such a short article, shows little understanding that here in America there are lots of brewers who make beers other than IPAs and they manage to sell lots of beer too.