It’s Football Saturday. Both kinds and that makes me happy. Also making me happy, is the idea that tomorrow I’ll be able to sit and enjoy a few good beers tomorrow while watching another round of both kinds of football throughout the day. Enough about me, on to the Five Articles. You’ll notice something isn’t being mentioned today which is another thing I’m thankful for this Saturday.
- The Smithsonian has a nice article about American craft beer. It’s a good read and you might learn a couple of things. The next to last paragraph is my favorite because expresses an idea that I agree with: breweries will be either really large or really small and concentrating on their local community or at most in their region.
- One of the most important thing to happen in the last few years in craft beer is the growing respect for women in the industry and as consumers. The University of Vermont is running a series of interviews of women involved in craft beer. This is the first of the four.
- My nervousness about colleges and universities serving beer isn’t that I think they should protect the public or not promote college students drinking. I don’t think allowing beer sales does either for the simple reason that the people who want to drink at college football games are going to whether it is legal or not. As someone who has been to a good number of college football games as a crusty alum and as an underage college student, if I didn’t drink it was solely because I didn’t want to. My objections are just, how will the alcohol effects the atmosphere of the games and can they avoid the drunken idiocy of many professional games. Here is a look at the effects so far this season at University of Texas football games.
- As water becomes scarcer, it will become incumbent on brewers to make themselves more environmentally conscious. Making beer from recycled waste water will become normal over the next 10 years.
- Speaking of being environmentally conscious, farmhouse breweries are another important way craft brewing can cut down on its environmental footprint. Farmhouse brewing is interesting, cool, and a throwback to the history of brewing. Many Belgian and French beer style names originated because the beers were made on farms during the down times and drank in certain seasons. This is another segment of brewing that I think will only grow over the next few years.