You know there is a point where you figure out, you are getting old. The amount of sleep you need and your ability to sleep through the night is one area. There used to be a time where I could go to bed at 2, get up 7, and be fine. I try that now and my sleep patterns are screwed up for a week. Needless to say, I may have to catch another hour of sleep before I go into work today. Anyway, here are the Five Articles. Good stuff today.
The idea that a compromise was possible in Colorado was a tad more hopeful than sensible. The reasons are articulated perfectly in this article. One side is being asked to give up part of their business model and the other side is being asked to give up winning a ballot initiative that will give them everything that they want. At this point, the liquor stores need to figure out what their business model will look like after this thing passes.
This is a really light article. Not that it wasn’t well written or bad, just light. It felt like eating cotton candy. It is the kind of piece that is well written but you won’t remember what it was about 20 minutes after you read it. Do consumers prefer cans or bottles? Most honestly don’t care. For a retailer, cans are easier to store and last longer on the shelf. Also, you should never drink out of the can if at all possible. Beer always tastes better if poured into a glass.
Sometimes you see the headline of an article and think, “I agree with that.” Then you read the article and something about the writer’s tone annoys you and his path to the conclusion annoys you and you begin to think maybe I’m wrong with my position. This is that article for me. For some reason, I also don’t think the writer truly believes what he is writing and that is the greatest sin a writer can commit.
This is a good article on what to look for in a good IPA. There are too man IPAs right now. Mostly, because they are the easiest style to brew. That doesn’t mean all of them are good. Most of them are drinkable and some of them are good and a few are great. One thing the article didn’t mention is to beware of IPAs whose recipes have changed without the brewer telling anyone. It is getting harder and harder to get hops in the quantities needed to make IPAs, DIPAs, and triple IPAs. Your favorite IPA might not be the IPA you fell in love with.
I really tried. I tried to like hard root beer. I really did. However, all of them are bad. They are too thick and sickeningly sweet. I agree with a lot of what is in this review. This statement is true, but I don’t understand it, “It’s a drink for people who want to get drunk but don’t like the taste of beer, or cider, or wine — or alcohol in general.” These people don’t want to get drunk, they just want to get little twisted but are too scared to go buy marijuana.
The news gets lighter and lighter as Christmas gets closer and closer. Today or tomorrow will be the last day most people have to work, so expect me to get experimental tomorrow and Thursday. Friday may not see a Five Articles, but it will see something I’ve been working on for a few weeks. Also, expect a new beer review tomorrow morning.
At least once a week, someone at some newspaper or local television station in this country runs an article about pints are not really pints and how consumers are getting screwed out of 3 ounces every time they get a beer. Almost every time at the heart of this complaint is a retired litigator who has a lot of money and time to worry about the 2 ounces he loses every time he gets a beer. Here is that story from Asheville this week.
I’m always interested in where chefs like to eat and what beers brewers like to drink. Those are usually the best places to for a good meal and the best beers to drink. Here is a year-end brewers’ best of list.
I honestly don’t know why this didn’t happen sooner. Abita has been producing a good root beer for ages. As soon as they heard about the Not Your Father’s Root Beer, I expected them to start producing their own. The advantage they will have is they make more than just a hard root beer. That way when that market segment finishes its collapse, they can just move on back to what they do best. Here is their press release on their hard soda series.
I had an early morning training to go to yesterday and it lasted all day, so I missed the Five Articles. I do heartily apologize. There are some good articles today. No, I will not link to the 2000th story on a grandma beating her daughter in a beer mile race, because I don’t care about beer mile races. Also, I will not link to any articles about the guy suing Fosters because his was brewed in Texas and not Australia. Again, I don’t care. I do have some interesting articles that keep me entertained and curious. Also, when reading the last bullet point, remember what Battlestar Galactica taught us, “All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.”
I continue to believe that beer and food pairing along with beer becoming more a part of the dining experience not only as an accompaniment to the meal but also as a part of recipes will become more and more important to the food and beer industries. I think beer’s advantage over wine in this instance is its ability to pair with more foods and a greater variety of foods. Would you ever think to pair wine with cookies?
Get ready to start hearing more and more stories like this. Breweries are going to start closing over the next two years. I think more than any other industry brewing attracts people who don’t have the correct combination of skills. On one hand you get the home brewers who saved up some money and started a brewery with no business skills whatsoever. On the other hand, you have the guys with money who like beer and decide it would be fun to open a brewery while knowing nothing about brewing. There is bound to be a raft of casualties along the way. I have a book I bought in college in the early 1990s called America’s Best Beers. It is a listing of what were then called microbreweries in each state. Of the NC breweries, only one is still in existence and it changed its name from Spring Garden to Red Oak and is now only a production brewery.
Here is some advice for newspapers and news aggregator sites: Calm the fuck down with all the ads. There have been times where I have found an interesting article on a website and planned to put it in the Five Articles, but it keeps loading and loading and loading and hitting me with a pop ad, a questionnaire, a video that auto loads, etc. So, I read the article and try to find a cleaner version of the same article from a different website just so anyone clicking on this doesn’t have to deal with it. Anyway, here are the Five Articles: The Return.
I could just call this one, the one with no news. Today is bereft of many good beer articles. Here is what I could find. Sunday news is often just roundups of stuff that happened throughout the week or hyper local stuff that is only interesting if you live within five miles of where the story is happening. Here are the five links and a note at the end.
I’ve been reading a lot about creativity recently. Mostly in the realm of the arts and literature. However, I’ve started thinking about brewing as a creative endeavor. The beauty of brewing is that, at least in my mind, it touches on three different aspects of creativity: art, science, and commerce. Either on this site or in a new forum, that you will get more information on in the near future, I want to explore these three different aspects.