Today’s Five Articles takes you from Brussels to Goochland. You will get a good look at brewing from a tradition that is hundreds of years old to traditions just over 20 years old. Enjoy.
- It is interesting that Belgium, a place with a beer culture built on doing things differently than every other beer culture in the world has not really embraced the craft beer culture. It could be argued that everything they have always done is part of that culture. To me the idea of Belgian brewers respecting strict rules flies in the face of everything I love about Belgian beer.
- This little corner of the US is becoming a bigger player in craft beer with every passing day. Now, Virginia is starting to get into the swing of things. Quick story, coming back from last year’s Great American Beer Festival a few of Hardywood’s crew was on the same plane back to Charlotte. They had just won a gold medal the day before. They were kind of tired but happy. I found out the head brewer, I think, had left right after the awards ceremony with the medal. A huge storm moved through the Midwest so his plane was diverted to Chicago. When we landed at around 4 in Charlotte he was still sitting in Chicago with the medal and wouldn’t be able to fly out until the next morning.
- Daniel Hartis takes us though a survey of North Carolina mountain breweries. Hint, there is much more than just Asheville. That is the great part about this article. It highlights places that don’t get the publicity of Asheville or now Charlotte. I think the Morganton/Hickory area especially is a little underrated by people not from the western part of the state.
- Home brewing is the heart of craft beer culture and I hope we never forget that. Tony Kiss highlights an Asheville home brewing landmark in his Beer Guy column. You can learn so much about the why beer tastes the way it does by home brewing just a few times. It immediately improves your appreciation for all brewers and what they do.
- The NC ALE tells its side of the story. I think a lot of his goes to the same problem with the distribution and other laws that affect craft brewers: The laws were written at a time when no one knew this explosion of craft brewing would happen. So, the laws were written to fit one world right before the world changed. That in a way has put ALE and its agents in the unenviable position of enforcing laws and rules that may not work in this new context.