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Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/9/16

Thursday is here and the week is almost done.  This is my Wednesday because my days off are shifted a day off of everyone else’s.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/24/15

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.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/29/15

This weekend saw a lot of action in the Charlotte beer scene highlighted by Wooden Robot’s soft opening and the NC Brewer’s Celebration.  Here are some links about those and other things.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/24/15

The links are a little late today.  This will be followed by at least one growler review and probably to.

  • Here is another review from one of my favorite beer writers. The reason I like Will Gordon’s reviews is not solely because of his taste in beer (we have similar palates).  It is mostly because he is trying to tell a story and make it interesting.  He uses the reviews in a way that  allows him to comment on the entire beer world.  He doesn’t take this thing too seriously and he understands most people only want to know if they are going to like the beer.  Building the narrative helps explain to readers why they may or may not like a beer. They don’t need a long dissertation on the ways taste is translated from your tongue to the brain.
  • Having said that, here is a link that will help you learn all those pretentious words I just decried. This is a good quick primer on some of the things you may here beer judges, Cicerones, and brewers say to each other when talking about beer.
  • I wish local newspapers or magazines in every area with a lot of breweries and beer businesses would run an article like this. Mostly to remind some of the men involved in beer and brewing that women are an integral part of this endeavor.  The vast majority of breweries and brewers get that, but as in all things there are still strains of the “He-man Woman Haters Club” running through brewing.
  • This is mostly about the Oktoberfest that will be coming to Sierra Nevada’s Asheville beer palace this October, but it has a nice listing of many of the major beer events occurring in Western North Carolina this year.
  • Another brewery is coming, this time to Cabarrus County. I know I have seemed like a person waiting for the sky to fall with all the new breweries opening up almost on a monthly basis.  However, my interest is more in what is the point at which the market is saturated.  When will we hit the place where we can no longer support all the breweries and some of the breweries ambitions?  Followed by, what happens next?  Will it be like the 1990s when the herd is culled of the weak and unfocused leading to the explosion we have seen over the last few years?  Or will it just become an absorption.  By that I mean, will the larger craft brewers simply absorb the smaller failing breweries around them like amoebas?

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

This will be a quick and dirty version of the links.  I’ve been dealing with “things” this morning before I head in to Craft.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 5/6/15

Welcome to Wednesday.  If all goes well I should have another beer review up this afternoon and will work on another piece that will hopefully drop by the middle of next week.  Here are today’s links.

  • I read a lot about sports. There is this Twitter thing called #hottakes.  It is basically a way to describe bad and lazy sports writing.  It is usually done by a columnist who has been at it a while and has enough job security that he (it is usually a he) has quit trying to get things right and now just wants to tell us what he sees as wrong with the world.  Here is the beer version of that.  Wasn’t it better when beer was just beer and we didn’t have all these froufrou (he actually uses that at the end of the column) choices?
  • Two or three times a baseball season and football season we get this story from somewhere. “The stadium is watering down the beer and they charge a jillion dollars for it.” Here is the first of this season from San Francisco.  This “dog bites man” story is always done by the consumer watch dog at the station or newspaper.
  • I wish I could have seen this panel on women in the beer industry. It sounds like it was a much more informative and interesting session then the article conveys.  The trick to isn’t to market to people.  That leads to stupid attempts by white men to “speak” to women and minorities.  That rarely goes well for anyone.  See almost every McDonald’s commercial involving African Americans.  Just make a good product and treat everyone fairly.  The gist of the panel seems to be try that before you start pandering.
  • On Cinco de Mayo, Will Gordon finds a Mexican beer that he can say actually is quite good.
  • I thought I would be making fun of this as another local “hey look we’re making beer around here, isn’t that great” article that seems shocked that someone not named Coors, Miller, or Budweiser made beer. It turns out to be a good rather comprehensive article about the beer industry in North Carolina.

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

This is my favorite group of links I’ve done so far.  Every story is a really interesting read and none of them have to do with Cinco de Mayo, which translates to, “Another made up American holiday that grants people the right to get drunk in the middle of the day.”  On to the links.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 5/3/15

How are you feeling after the “Greatest Sports Day Ever?”  I watched a good Kentucky Derby, one of the best basketball games I’ve ever seen, and saved $99 by not buying a boxing match I knew would be ugly and uneventful.  On to the links.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 4/26/15

I love when local newspapers and television stations cover new popular things like craft beer. There is always the explaining of things in the most obvious way possible.  Here are today’s links:

Happy Sunday