You know you’ve worked really hard when people at the grocery store mistake your countenance for being hung over when it is merely something akin to exhaustion. Anyway, the Five Articles are terribly late today because of almost 24 hours of work in the last 48. So, here are four beer articles and one from one of my favorite non-beer/sports websites.
- Jason Notte looking into his crystal ball on what beer styles will take off in the next year. There are two terms to describe good players in soccer: form and class. The best way to describe the difference is this: Form is temporary and class is forever. I often think of that when I read about hard root beer, session IPAs, and flavor infused beers. I think it bothers me because too many brewers want to jump to making some kind of faddish beer before then master the ability to make a drinkable pale ale. Here is the other thing, the drinking public eventually figures out if you are good at brewing or not.
- If I ever won the lottery, part of my money would be to create a taproom and bistro a lot like this one. A place with 20-30 taps of craft beer and small but quality restaurant that uses beer as inspiration and part of the recipes. It would also have an extensive pairing sheet at each table with everyone employed being, at least, a Cicerone Certified Beer Server.
- I think I understand why Monarch is fighting this fight. It makes more financial and logistical sense to be able to operate as one distributor with all three parts of the alcohol segment. However, if they really just wanted to distribute liquor, they could have created a wholly separate company.
- This is a good, common sense newspaper editorial explaining why Alabama’s alcohol laws should change. I can’t say anything better that what is said in this editorial.
- Every day I get an email or read a tweet from Brain Pickings that teaches me something. The number of books I’ve found from reading this site over the last year is ridiculous. My Kindle overflows with books featured in these blog posts. That is why this post is so near to my heart. I meet so many adults who say they don’t read books. Even if you are just reading books in the field in which you work, you should read books. Even if it is “just” genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, mystery, crime) you should read books.