Though I hate all the knee jerk reactions when ABInbev buys a craft brewer, at least, it makes people write about beer in a somewhat interesting way. Between those convulsions of hand-wringing spawned by the idea that craft beer is an actual industry, the worst place to find interesting beer articles is through Google Alerts.
Here is a profile of Townes Mozer of Lenny Boy Brewing. The small kombucha and beer brewer is prepping to move into a new space soon. This is part of a series of profiles of Charlotte area brewers and breweries.
This is a really interesting and good look at why lagers are the red-headed step child of American craft beer from Bryan Roth. Sometimes with our search for the next big thing or the most popular thing, we forget to enjoy a good beer. We ignore the solid consistency of a good lager or a good pale ale. I was looking at my fridge (calling it a beer fridge would be redundant) the other day, I noticed two things. The first, is I have more beer than food in it. The second, is I have all single beers. They are all great beers, but none are what I would deem an everyday drinker. The kind of beer you want to drink when you just want a beer to enjoy while vegging out to some crappy television show. I am going to do that this week, just go out and find a good six pack of beers to drink without having to think.
Daniel Hartis with a look at The Cellar, Duckworth’s new beer centered speakeasy under its uptown location. The food is wonderful and the 20 beers on draft are all rather hard to find limited releases that any beer geek will love to drink.
This leads to a great article on beer cocktails. This is one of the things I want to get into over the next year.
This article doesn’t really break new ground, but it does a good job chronicling how Virginia jumpstarted its brewing business. It’s good to remember this whenever you get too worried about what the big multinational beer companies are doing. I am going to try and not call ABInbev a brewer anymore because that isn’t what its focus is. Its focus is selling beverages no matter what those beverages are.