Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 5/18/16

I keep dropping away for a reason.  I am in the midst of deciding how I want to change this blog, how to do the other writing that interests me, and how to do more freelance writing I other spaces.  First, I will keep the Five Articles.  It is a good way to warm up for the day and it is a great way to keep up on all the news that goes on in this industry I love.  I also plan to do more reviews.  I want to post at least 3 reviews a week starting in June.  I am going to gain around 5 hours a week starting May 30 by cutting my commute by 30 minutes each way.  Also coming soon will be a couple of posts that I have been working on for a couple of weeks.  Not because they have been difficult to write, but because I really want them to be more than just blog posts. One, in particular, is something of a manifesto or statement of purpose of what I want this space to be and what I think American craft beer writing should aspire to develop into.

  • Things that are not surprising for a $1000, Alex. This $150,000 fine is just the cost of doing business for AB. They’ll pay this and move on to the next scheme.  With every story about ABInBev, I always feel the need to point out that it isn’t a brewer.  It is a company that sells beer and tries to make the beer as profitable as possible by making it as cheaply as possible, selling it for as much as possible, and selling it in as many places as possible and everything they do is to that end.
  • Professor Charles Bamforth speaking truth. Bamforth is literally a professor of beer and has written a library full of books on the science of brewing.  However, my favorite of his is Beer Is Proof God Loves Us which is more of a beer autobiography.
  • The people who write headlines should actually read the articles and understand them before they make up a headline. This article and this headline have a very tenuous connection.  That isn’t saying that the headline missed the deep and important meaning of the article because I can’t quite figure out what the article’s point is, but whatever it is the headline is terribly misleading.
  • The explosion of canning has taken firm hold of North Carolina brewers. Since I pour my beers into a glass most of the time anyway I have no opinion on cans except to say that they are easier to store and carry.
  • There is a fine line between advocating for good beer and caring about what you drink and belittling those who don’t hold beer in the same light. I always try to be inclusive and bring people towards beer.  Now, I do take notes, but I am kind of a professional.  As for people who stop drinking a beer once it is bought by a bigger brewer or beer company, I say it is about the liquid.  Once the liquid turns bad, then I stop drinking it.  That has happened with smaller brewers who for whatever reason changed their recipes as well as brewers bought up by a huge corporation.