Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/14/16

Tuesday has arrived.  Today’s articles have a lot of food.  Also, there is a new beer review coming up in the next couple of days.

  • This is a short article that tries to delve into craft beer and food. The article does the same thing many in the craft community and certainly those outside the community do.  It treats craft beer like a hobby or fad instead of the business it is by diminishing it with the phrase “craft beer craze” to describe its subject matter.  We in the craft beer business have to get over apologizing for what we do and the success that has come with it.  Yes, brewers do what they do for the love of beer, however, what they do is also how they pay rent and put food on their families’ table.  Thinking about beer as a business should not be left to the province of ABInbev and their ilk.
  • This is a celebration of beer and cheese from England. It is a bit of paid content in the Lifestyle section of the Telegraph from the Britain Beer Alliance.  It breaks down why beer and cheese work so well together and gives a few suggestions for pairings.  I’ve read many pieces on the Brewers Association website craftbeer.com that are very similar.  There seems to be more of a distaste and distrust of paid content in the US than in Britain.  However, is that worse than a newspaper/news website just reprinting a press release as a news article? I’ve read a lot of those also.  At least with paid content the news organization gets some money out of it.
  • Along with some pretty good nutritional information about beer, this article taught me that Duluth is known for its craft beer. This article does point out that beer has nutritional value, however like any alcoholic beverage it should be used in moderation.  If you’re drinking beer for its health benefits, you’re doing it wrong.
  • I still don’t understand why they are dragging this out over 20 years. Most of the Colorado liquor stores that will fail will do so because they offer no added value for consumers. If you provide consumers with a knowledgeable staff (sommeliers and/or Cicerones) or just a cool place to hang out, you will probably survive.  Those that don’t do that will not survive.  That’s how a free market economy works.
  • Every couple of years a story like this pops up. Some rich guy with too much time on his hands goes out and finds a shipwreck. He salvages as much as he can to sell so he can make more money and finds a sealed bottle at the bottom that is pretty well preserved.  He brings in a scientist and/or a brewer who pull out the contents and try to create a reasonable facsimile of what was in the bottle.  This particular version of the story comes from Australia.