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Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/7/16

Thursday has arrived.  As an aside, my Directv has stopped working.  I have a repair scheduled for Saturday morning.  Here’s the thing, if and when ESPN figures out a way to make money with an online streaming service I will dump Directv in the time it takes for me to sign up and give ESPN my money.  I don’t worry about missing the NFL or the NBA because once ESPN goes, they won’t be far behind.  Anyway, on to the Five Articles.

  • Another case of a state changing laws to make the operation of craft breweries easier. Legislators love creating something that makes tax revenue and makes people happy.
  • Laws can also curb craft beer. Indiana has to have a lot of people working in its legislature whose job is to read laws and statutes to let their bosses know what those laws and statutes actually say.  How did none of them know that the way the law is written prohibits many breweries from selling growlers?
  • Here is another story about state laws “curbing” craft beer growth. I understand that Olde Mecklenburg has a fundamental objection to selling their beer through a distributor.  I also believe the state of NC should raise the cap on how many barrels a brewer can sell without a distributor.  I also think there does need to be a cap on how much brewers can sell without a distributor.  I also just wish everyone involved with this should dial back the rhetoric and find a solution.
  • I was in Asheville this weekend (yes, I have a blog post coming on that) and I went by Burial Beer. As luck would have it, I happened to sit down beside the taproom manager at the bar.  We talked a little bit and I mentioned we were interested in getting their beers in Craft.  Off-handily he mentioned that they were getting ready to expand so that they can start distributing further out from Asheville.  I didn’t expect to read an article about an almost $2 million expansion.
  • Here is a look at AB-Inbev acquisitions from an English perspective. This is actually a nice sober look at the effects of selling to one of the big brewers. There will be changes no matter what the press releases say.  The infrastructure may allow you to distribute to a wider audience, but that means you have to make more beer.  Does that affect the taste?  Does that affect the creation of new recipes?  Does your beer translate to a wider audience? If it doesn’t, will your brewers be pressured to change the recipes to get it to translate? Of course, if someone offers you a $1 billion for your company, you are stupid not to take it.

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, 12/16/15

Ah, it is Wednesday.  As Christmas and New Years approach the news slows down, but it never sleeps.  Here are the Five Articles today taking you on a journey of music, cans, closings and openings.  Enjoy.

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

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.”

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 12/6/15

Customers will eventually smell bullshit.  They may not know it consciously, but people will always figure out if what you are selling is true to you and what you want to do.  When I was in college a spate of small authentic “soul” food restaurants opened up in my hometown.  During the summers at home, I would work for my father doing appliance repair and electrical contracting and we would eat at these places for lunch often.  One day, we were in the kitchen of one doing some electrical work.  I just happened to notice that the corn they were using came from a can.  It wasn’t fresh and it wasn’t homemade soul food.  It was the same stuff I bought at the grocery store in college.  Even then, not knowing anything about business, I knew that was bad.  This restaurant and almost all the others that popped up around town weren’t giving you an authentic experience past what you could get at home.  People may not have consciously thought about that as they stopped going to these places, but they knew on some level.  That is one reason all of these restaurants shut down within two years.  I think about that a lot as I watch new breweries open up every day.

Beer Review: Wicked Weed Tyranny with Wicked Weed Brett Tyranny

Endless possibilities.  That is why I love life and love beer.  Beer is basically just four ingredients and changing anyone of them can change the taste of the beer.

One of the things that have happened in the last 12 months or so in beer is making a second version of your beer using Brettanomyces and aging the beer to bring out different flavors and characteristics.  Although, it is popularly thought of as only being used in sour beers, brett does not provide sourness necessarily.  Brett does often produce a taste similar to that of balsamic vinegar.  However, as more brewers use it, they are learning to control it better and use all the flavor profiles that it can provide.

One of the breweries really using brett in all of its flavors and attributes is Wicked Weed in Asheville.  Wicked Weed while famous for its sours is a good brewery that makes many different types of beer.  One of which is a good red India pale ale called Tyranny.  It has a nice balanced taste.  Wicked Weed then put out a version with fermented with brett yeast.  First, I’ll look at Tyranny.

20151109_171241Tyranny is a red India pale ale.  It pours a nice light garnet/ruby color in the glass leaving a thin but persistent off-white head.  The first thing you nose catches is the dank, piney, resinous aroma of the hops.  Then you notice the caramel and bready aroma of the malt.  There is also a slight fruity aroma from the hops that works with the sweet caramel to make the aroma more appetizing.

The best way to describe the taste of Tyranny is the oft overused beer review word: balanced.  The piney, resinous hop taste doesn’t overwhelm and interacts really well with the nice caramel, bready taste from the malt.  Tyranny is a good clean tasting, easy drinking IPA.

Now, the Brett Tyranny is similar in many ways to the regular Tyranny.  It has a similar color but is slightly lighter because of the use of cherries during fermentation.  The medium mouthfeel is also very close to the regular Tyranny.

Where they differ is in the aroma and the taste.  The aroma has the horse blanket, barnyard smell that Brett has become famous for in its use in beer.  The Brett also changes the taste in an interesting way.  This combination of Brett with caramel malts and dank, piney hops creates a taste of earthiness. It almost comes out as an old-world noble hop taste.

I can’t say I prefer the Brett version of Tyranny over the regular Tyranny, but I can say that if I had tasted the Brett version first I would still list as a really good easy drinking IPA.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/21/15

Finally, the run of merger stories is beginning to abate.  We can move on to things that will have a direct effect on whether you will be able to enjoy your favorite craft beer.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 9/29/15

The US craft beer world is still recovering from the GABF as the final “local brewery does good” articles are published.  Here are today’s Five Articles. I apologize in advance.  I am in a foul mood today and you will be able to tell when you read some of the bullets.  I’m usually more circumspect in my criticism of bad writing.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 9/28/15

Good morning.  You remember me?  I have a beer blog.  It has been a minute, but I’m back.  I don’t plan on taking another extended break like that again.  What are the Five Articles about today?  What do you think?  The Great American Beer Festival.  I missed this year’s event, but I will be in Denver next year.  Here are a few different perspectives on the event and what it means coming at you.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 9/16/15

I took time off yesterday. It was my birthday.  Unlike previous birthdays for like the last 10 years, there wasn’t a lot of existential navel-gazing. For the first time in a very long time, I am content where I am in life.  So, it was spent figuring out how to restructure my day to get all my writing and work done.  Anyway, here are the Five Articles.