The Five Articles for this Sunday. They are a bit late, but they are here. Anyway, as you will see not everything is about beer today. Occasionally, on Sundays, the Five Articles will either concentrate on one article from the past week or, as today, do a few articles that have nothing to do with beer. Enjoy.
- First up is the announcement for this year’s Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. This yearly series always leads to a few beers that are, if nothing else, interesting and usually quite good.
- Here is a list of potential beer trends for the coming year. From talking to a distributor rep or two, I think the hard soda trend is taking over for the vodka that doesn’t taste like vodka trend. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. It seems like replacing smoking cigarettes with smoking cigars. It may be a slightly better and healthier vice, but not by much.
- For $700 MSRP, I think I could justify buying a PicoBrew. Also, I’ve read nothing but good reviews from all segments of its target audience. You never get that any new product. The price will fall as the year moves along making what will be a perfect Christmas gift for the craft beer drinker.
- Now for the non-beer portion of the Five Articles both from Brain Pickings. First is an article about Ernest Hemingway’s advice on writing with a list of books young writers should read. Regardless of what else can be said about Hemingway, there are two things that can’t be denied. The first is he was a brilliant writer. Second is he understood the technical and fundamental aspects of writing better than almost anyone.
- The second is a look into The Madman by Khalil Gibran. I had always heard of Gibran in passing from others who I respected but have never read his work. After reading this post, I downloaded The Madman for my Kindle and put it in line behind a couple of other books.