I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday. I don’t know why, but for a good hour I kept thinking today was Friday and kept looking for podcasts that I follow updating their Friday feeds and waiting for blog posts I normally read on Friday. Weird. Anyway. Here are the Five Articles. There is some merger news, mostly because people are moving past “the sky is falling” into let’s wait and see what will actually happen.
Here is an article with actual facts. It does a great job of pointing out what the deal actually means and why it actually occurred. This will affect beer in the United States and Western Europe, however, this was about Africa, South/Central America, and Asia. The emerging markets in the beer industry. The effects on the US and European markets is the most unknown. I think this will give the new company the ability to rebrand some of its brands to a new generation of beer drinkers. Will it work?
This is a nice primer on nitro beer. We have a nitro tap on Craft and I often get the question as to what is it? I usually explain it as this is the kind of tap you find Guinness on to give it those small bubbles that makes it creamier. This article is a much better explanation.
Naming a beer is hard. There are 4000 brewers in this country now and they all brew multiple beers. So, you end up with names that either badly non-descriptive or offensive. Let’s make fun of all those stupid names.
Another week has passed and now you are resting on Sunday. Let’s be honest, however, you are thinking about your NFL fantasy draft and waiting for the next 2 weeks to pass so you can settle in and watch football for 12 hours. On to beer.
If the internet loves anything, besides endless arguments and being pointlessly offended, it is a list. So, here is a list of what someone thinks are the 15 best craft beers in the US. It looks a lot like all the lists of the best beers in the US since they “scoured the internet” to come up with the list. Instead of actually drinking beer. In about a month, a group of judges will do a bunch of blind taste tests in Denver at the GABF and that will give us a real sense of the best beers in the US.
I started home brewing to learn more about beer. It is amazing how much I learned about how each ingredient and each step in the brewing process affects the taste of beer. Home brewing makes you consider everything that goes into the beer from the ingredients selected (it is amazing how different hops change the taste of a beer recipe), to chilling the wort before pitching the yeast, to the temperature you ferment the beer at. After my first brewing session a few years ago, the respect I have for brewers increased tenfold.