Tag Archives: craft beer and food

One Beer Article You Need To Read And Why, 2/26/17

I don’t want to write about distribution caps, failed business plans, or legacy brewers raging against the dying of the light today.  Let’s talk about cheese.  More importantly cheese and beer.  It is a glorious combination that everyone should enjoy.

Here is a quick article to get you started on your beer and cheese journey if you haven’t already done so.

My plan for the day is to pair a few Belgian style beers I have with an assortment of cheeses.  Why am I doing this you may ask. Because I can.  So, I can write about it here later today or more likely tomorrow. To work on my beer and food pairing for the Cicerone exam.  Most importantly, I like beer and I like cheese.

The beers for this experiment are (assuming I can get through all of them without passing out) Blackberry Farms Quad, Blackberry Farms Brett Saison, Holy Mountain Witchfinder, Grimm Candlepower, and Four Saints Murder On The River.

For my cheeses, today, I will go with a gruyere, camembert, a washed rind cheese maybe, and a big old sharp cheddar.  That should be a good range of cheeses as far as flavor and texture to get me started on the day.

Wish me luck.  This could end badly in so many ways.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/17/16

A short vacation starts for me today.  I’m heading to Richmond for a couple of days of beer drinking.  The Five Articles should not be affected, but it just depends on how drunk I get.

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.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 4/27/16

Today, I feel much better.  I restarted my meditation practice last week and it is starting to have an effect on my life.  My mind is gaining clarity and I am little more relaxed. I’ve also started The Artist’s Way, but before I start my first week of work with it, I am doing the 3 pages.  That has also helped me warm up and clear out all the clutter before I start writing.  I also plan to move by the end of May which will make my commute easier and give me back at least an hour a day.  I love days when it is easy to find five articles that interest me.  Here they are.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 4/16/16

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.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/19/16

I missed yesterday and I’m late today.  Sorry for that. Bluntly, I’m not having a good week and we’ll leave it at that. Here are the five articles.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/11/16

“All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.” – David Bowie, 2003 The Word

My cell phone is also my alarm. So, when it goes off in the morning, I turn off the alarm and do a quick glance through my alerts to see if anything of absolute importance has occurred.  It usually just tells me that I have a list of new tweets on my timeline.  So, this morning I’m going through my timeline and maybe two or three tweets in I see David Bowie has died.  At first, I didn’t believe it because he just released an album.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/8/16

Beer isn’t a widget.  Beer isn’t a sprocket or any other industrial product made by factories. Big beer companies, one, in particular, doesn’t get the distinction.  They have until this point failed to understand craft beer because at the upper reaches of the company they think of beer as a product and may as well be making widgets for cars.  That is why they are buying craft brewers: to take advantage of the loyalty and creativity of craft drinkers and craft brewers.  If ABInbev was smart they would buy these regional breweries and leave them alone, but provide them with greater distribution.  However, that isn’t what is going to happen.  They are going to try to “fix” these brewers and make them more efficient and make their product more accessible to the everyday beer drinker. That is why this strategy will “fail” eventually.  I may not think these acquisitions are some kind of death knell, however, I do not like them.  I do not like them because they are assimilation that will eat at what makes craft beer special which is the individuality and creativity of each brewer.  The culture of craft beer is as important as the beer.  Primary in that is that it treats beer with respect and as the end unto itself letting the beer be what sells itself. That is why we in craft beer must be vigilant and must keep supporting our local brewers as much as we can.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/8/16

This will be quick and dirty.  I woke up late and have beer things to write and Cicerone stuff to study.

  • As Colorado continues to debate grocery beer and wine sales and as Ontario enacts beer and wine sales, Alberta is beginning its debate. Alberta’s case is more similar to Colorado then Ontario because Ontario is transitioning from a state sponsored (and big beer owned) beer stores. Alberta is just thinking about allowing grocery stores to sell beer.  As I have written about the Colorado debate, I have almost always lived in a state where you can buy beer in the grocery store, as well as craft focused bottle shops so I don’t really care one way or the other. I actually buy most of my beer from bottle shops and not from grocery stores.
  • Here is more from Canada simply because it is rather interesting.
  • What I disagree with in this article is the end. Just because you use a distributor doesn’t mean you can’t innovate.  That is a false argument.  There are many arguments you can make as to why you don’t want to go to a distributor.  I agree with many of them. This is akin to distributors using the argument that they are there to protect the health of consumers.  While somewhat true, it is like having someone urinate on your shoes and telling you it’s raining.  If you don’t want to use a distributor that’s fine. Just don’t B.S. people in order to falsely strengthen your argument.
  • I think this is the year that beer and food will take a bigger piece of the craft beer stage. I’ve been fascinated by how beer adds to the culinary experience like wine. I am one of the beer people will argue that beer is better with food than wine.  It gives you more choices and the carbonation helps clean the palate.  More on this as the year continues.
  • Another thing that will be a bigger part of craft beer is which glass do you use. Here is a nice guide to which glass and why.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 12/5/15

All artistically successful creative endeavors have one thing in common: their authenticity.  That means they have a thread of the “real” running through them that the viewer/reader can feel.  That real thing isn’t some posture created simply to attract a certain demographic.  It is something deeply felt and deeply held by the artist. It is a part of the artist’s core being.  With the explosion of new breweries popping up I think this question of authenticity in craft beer will become more important. Two things are happening.  First, in order to distinguish themselves from others brewers are trying to find their thing.  That thing that sets them apart and makes them stand out from all the others.  The second thing that will happen is the consumer will figure out which brewers’ distinguishing characteristics are authentic and will drift towards the ones who actually represent something and not just some market-tested affectation.  In other words, it may take a while, but the public almost always figures out what is bullshit.