Something's not quite right this summer. There's a sour mood in the air, the feeling of confusion and conflict. Social media has a mean edge. I could be speaking about politics, but the same is true with beer. We have passed out of the fun stage of infatuation and have entered the period Sartre called "the age of reason"--t
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You may recall that last year Boston-area distributors were caught giving kickbacks to retailers. The repercussions of that incident seem to be rippling through the Massachusetts state house in a serious way:Massach
Last week, the ever-busy Jason Notte had a great piece on the rise of niche brewing. This is a point I regularly make to visitors coming to Beervana: one of the things that makes the city so interesting is
There's a (surprisingly weak) piece on the online New Yorker that includes this remarkable comment:Over the past decade, varieties once thought of as boutique beers, such as I.P.A.
No marketing professional was consulted in the naming of mild ale. Who wants "mild?" It doesn't tell you anything at all about the beer (unlike, say, "bitter" or "pale"), except the suggestion that you will be bored by it. It's almost like a warning: nothing to see here, move along.
Post updated below (11:45 am, 4/5/16). I was about to shoot the following thoughts and questions to Stan Hieronymus, who will release an excellent book called Brewing L
I am not typically a big rah-rah guy when it comes to promoting independently-owned breweries. The idea that consumers should spend too much of their time running purity tests on brewery ownership strikes me as--well, it's not really our responsibility. (Better to
A couple of days ago in Pittsburgh, Donald Trump sounded a theme that seems to suffuse, like the scent of smoke, every corner of our world. “It is the consequence of a leadership class that worship
The Oregon Brewers Guild released the latest juicy batch of beer consumption and brewery statistics for the state, and it is as ever quite fascinating. Let's start with a few of the topline numbers and then jump into some thinking about what they mean.22% of the beer consumed in Oregon was brewed here--and wit
When I posted a link on Facebook to the hop-degradation piece I did earlier this week, Pete Dunlop wrote:No
I spend about half my internet time reading about politics, and this is shaping up to be one of the grimmest, most divisive elections in my lifetime. But then I run across something like this and I
Each year the homebrewing magazine Zymurgy polls its readers about their favorite beers. The results are in most ways no more interesting than the average Thrillist article. What do you care if a bunch of people you don't know say Bell's Hopslam is better than Lagunitas IPA? What is notable is how
Bart Watson and I were on the same page. Yesterday, I ran across this data set from My Beer Haul that shows the percentage of breweries in each state that bottle or can their beer. It all comes from internal data, and I can't verify whether it's accurate or not, but based
This is a fascinating five minutes. Give it a look.
If you pay much attention to the hops in you beer, you will probably have noticed that Mosaic is one of the most common varieties listed. This is pretty remarkable for a hop released only in 2012. There were nearly 1,800 acres under cultiv
It's summertime, which means people are starting to flow into the river city. For this week's podcast, Patrick and I give you the lowdown on the best breweries, bars, and restaurants to satisfy your beer tooth. We even give you a guide to Portland's brewing history and offer a couple of good day trips to round out your adve
Back in the late 1980s I stumbled across my first bottle of stout ale, an event that sparked decades of fascination. That may seem like a long time (particularly to the many adults born thereafter), but more than a decade before beer, my first two loves were basketball and politics. I was drawn into both around 197
The city of Portland has been sweltering in a record-breaking heat over the past few days. Our records never impress anyone, but consider that the average Portlander is like a salamander. We require soft, downy clouds, moderate temperatures, and lots of liquid to stay alive. So a 100-degree June day is, to the Portlander, a
Something weird is going on. In the past six months or so, there has been a mad rush to hefeweizen-cloudy IPAs. Not just IPAs with a hop shimmer, but densely opaque, milky beers. It's odd for a few reasons, but mostly because the cloudiness is a visual symbol for a kind of beer marked by intense fruitiness and hop flavor, g
Note: post updated below. Yesterday, on the discussion-resistant platform of Twitter, I had a choppy exchange about the nature of the beer geek. I argued that I wasn't one, and
Whoops.Lorenzo Mendoza greets and kisses worker at his shuttered brewery in Caracas, Venezuela. He's trying to boost morale. Mendoza is the chief executive of Venezuela
File this under "random." From the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry comes this finding about an element in hops:One compound found in hops, called xanthohumol, has gotten the attention of researchers for its potential benefits, including antioxidation, car
A funny thing happened on the way Elysian's public flogging. There I was, bracing for another round of "Judas" called collectively from the internet. If 10 Barrel Brewing, a nice outfit but certainly nothing like the beating heart of Bend, could generate a week's worth of existential angst, then authentically be
Another one down:St. LOUIS and SEATTLE (January 23, 2015) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington....
The Onion's Clickhole is the latest to try to wring a smile by poking fun at beer. But even the Onion can't do it. It's a quiz to find out if you're really a beer snob, but the answers are strained and boring:I have a
As my weekly blogging over at All About Beer becomes a routinized thing, I'll alert you to posts more rarely. However, you might be interested in today's post, which addresses the issue of expert opinion versus the wisdom of hive mind.