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Is 2016 The Year That Craft Beer Became Boring?

It's a concern if this recent report is anything to go by: In the last four weeks, he added, the largest four BA-defined craft suppliers — Yuengling, Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium — were down a combined 4 percent. “I don’t...Show More Summary

Beer And Brewing Regulation In New Netherlands

On the 22nd of March 1639, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary in New Netherland on behalf of the General Chartered West India Company received Gillis Pietersen van der Gouw, a 27 year old master carpenter who gave an account of the state...Show More Summary

Avoiding The Call Of The Content Control Clique

This is one of the sadder passages I have read about exploring brewing history in a long time. It's in an excellent article by Joe Stange in which he is kind enough to have mentioned me: At the recent Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia, there was an unusual morning roundtable totally devoted to historical beer styles. Show More Summary

That 1700s Battledore Barley And The Other Four

These are busy days. The endy bit of April and the first half of May require my time in the garden. Yesterday I took apart the compost bin, sieved all the good bits out, returned all the half-rotted stuff and layered it with last autumn's leaves and the parsnip greens from the overwintered crop. Show More Summary

The Government Store Has Bad Branding News

Ah, the liquor control system. Government stores controlling the marketplace and then pretending that it's still a marketplace. The sort of system that announces growlers will be sold in Ontario and then builds one growler stand in just one Toronto store to serve the entire population of 13 million or so. Show More Summary

Session 111: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

There is a book about Newfoundland, a novel by Wayne Johnston called The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. I read it a long time ago but the name has always stuck with me. That title sums up so much about the thinking about and writing about good beer and the brewing trade for me. Show More Summary

Review: Ontario Craft Beer Guide, Leblanc And St. John

I have been remiss. Well, late. Not lazy. Late. Distracted? Distracted. Jordan and Robin sent me a digital copy of this book weeks ago and I have only gotten to writing my review now. There's been taxes to do at the last minute. Children to take to sports or hover over as math gets the best effort we can expect. Show More Summary

This Is Reasonable Proof That Big Craft Is Losing It

This first hint something stunned was up came in a tweet from Andy Crouch: Ha ha ha true craft beer. I give up. Now, before you jump to "haters gonna hate" have a look at this response to that tweet: "Stopped saying "craft", feels good." That from the first guy I heard "haters gonna hate" from. Show More Summary

Sir William Strickland On The 1790s US Barley Crop

That image up there has little to do directly with this post. It's from a book entitled A Short Economic and Social History of the Lake Counties, 1500-1830 by C.Murray, L.Bouch and G.Peredur. It popped into my Google search results as an answer to the query "William Strickland barley." I was looking for William Strickland, 6th Baron Boynton, esq. Show More Summary

Is That A Downward Or Sideways Craft Trend?

More bad news for craft in the media today. Over on Facebook, Lew shared stats reporting that on-premise US drinks sales were weak during the first 13-weeks of 2016. Total beer sales were particularly slow, declining 3.1% year-over-year. Show More Summary

Review: "The Meanings of Craft Beer" by Mr. E. Rail

E.Rail. Evan. I have enjoyed the writings of Evan Rail since he was introduced to the beer blogging world in 2007 when that phase of these things was new. In his latest essay, "The Meanings of Craft Beer", he explains how the intervening nine years have gone through an analysis of the brand that has brought many things together. Show More Summary

The Honest Desire Of Beer To Find Its Place

There has been a bit of soul searching going on in the beery ether. It is neatly framed by Oliver in his post announcing the latest edition of The Session set for the first Friday in May which includes this statement about where he stands at the moment in relation to his beer hobby: Recently, I’ve found my interest in said hobby waning. Show More Summary

The Steelyard, Stillyard, Styleyard and Spelling

Ah, the Hanseatic League. I posted about the Hanseatic League earlier this year, pointing out how it was likely the conduit for the first introduction of hopped beer into England - and, by implication, not the Dutch. I think that might...Show More Summary

Troy And GLB Inspire AGBB's Seal Of Approval

I have known Tory Burtch a long time. Well before he was with Ontario's (not Ohio's) Great Lakes Brewing, I got to know him when he was an early Ontario beer blogger and then while a staffer at TAPS! magazine. I was there in 2011 when...Show More Summary

Slavery, Servitude and The Interests of Patroons

What a sad image to come across. A human for sale. It's from from the 15 April 1734 edition of the New York Weekly Journal. Apparently the sale didn't come to pass as she was still for sale half a year later. Unless that is another unnamed woman for sale with the same skills. Show More Summary

Session 110: A Few Words On Twitter

Hmm... It takes time to write briefly. Focus. A jab or joke. An idea. Maybe. And, of course, a link back to my blog. If needed.

A Theory: From Brimstone Alehouse To Burton Ale

Early this January just past I posted that image above and told you all that it was my new favorite quote about sulfurous brewing waters from around Burton. It's from The Natural History of Staffordshire from 1686 by Robert Plot. The beer was brewed as a local health tonic but - now as then - I love that it was available at the Brimstone Alehouse. Show More Summary

All Hail The Standards Of The Yukon Government Store!

Now here is a conundrum: "We were getting frustrated. Some of the stuff showing up already expired," Hill said. "Some of the stuff showing up, you know, between two and six weeks to go and our ordering cycle is longer than that. Typically...Show More Summary

Why Actual Brewing History Matters To You

One of my mentors in beer writing wrote this in an email the other day: And one more [thing] about the 1790s, or up until somewhere before 1850, is I think it is hard to get people's attention because we can't point to a direct connection or there isn't something spectacularly strange, like people drawing in a flood of porter. Show More Summary

Georgian Era Long Distance Beer Shipments

The main reason I got into hunting for parallels to IPA over six years ago was Pete Brown's excellent book Hops and Glory. I liked it so much that I posted a review in four parts. It seemed to me that if beer was being shipped to India it should have been shipped across the Atlantic Ocean as well. Show More Summary

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