I awoke this morning thinking today was any day other than Saturday. Mostly, I just wake up, make a spot of tea, write the Five Articles and go to work. Saturday’s are broken up because I watch soccer while I work on the Five Articles. On to today’s five.
- Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is going to Germany. It would be interesting to get a good critical take on their German style beer from actual German brewers. To my pallet, their beers are high-quality interpretations of German style beers.
- The story of closing breweries is a story we will see more of over the next 18 months. I still think the overall number of US breweries will remain static. Mostly because for every brewery in an urban area with many other breweries that close, a brewery in a small town will open. More and more small towns will get their own breweries, which is as it should be.
- This is a long article that can be effectively boiled down to AB-InBev paying the South African government $69 million to let the AB-InBev/SAB merger go through.
- All the brewers wanted was $1500 to defray some of the overhead costs to make this special beer. They have now raised over $35000. I don’t know if the righteous anger engendered by HB2 will continue long enough to affect real change, but I do know the money raised by this beer will actually make a difference.
- Any article that lists the brown ale as an overlooked beer style is good in my book. Also, Belgian-style beers are some of the best beers to pair with almost any food. I want to focus more of my reviews on food pairing recommendations. Making beer and food pairing a more prominent part of the craft beer discussion is another important step in pushing craft beer onto the same plane as wine. The breadth of beer pairing possibilities is awesome. Some beer fits with burgers, pizza and wings and some beer works with high-end culinary experiences.