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Filed Under:Food & Drink / Beer
Posts on Regator:1897
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Archived Since:February 1, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Beer Book Excitement Building And Not For Mine

I am about 80% through a mad 140,000 experiment over the last year in serial co-authoring with Max, Jordan and Craig. We have worked well together, seldom snapped and explored things that I have wondered about for years fairly deeply. Show More Summary

I Like The Idea Lots But Surely Not A Global First

OK. here's a simple puzzle for you: The owner of a downtown Fredericton fixture says for years men used to pop into barber shops to get a haircut or shave and a drink. Troy Ashfield decided to make that tradition legal and became the first licensed barber shop in the world. Show More Summary

One Key Way Big Craft And Small Brewers Differ

This story caught my eye today: Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing Co. of Escondido, Calif., the nation's 10th-largest craft brewery, was blunt in speaking at the conference that began Tuesday and ends Friday. "If you are starting a brewery,"...Show More Summary

Yeast News: Migrating Birds And Sheboygan

One of my slowest moving interests in beer comes in the form of a trickle of stories about the origins of lager yeast. In 2008, there was the tale of the two Bavarian caves. Then there was the dinosaur era yeast story. Then in 2011, the ur-yeast for lager was found in Argentina. Show More Summary

Ontario: An Eastern Ontario Maltster Arises

I love this. After the best part of a century and a quarter, someone is taking on eastern Ontario's fine history of malting and setting up business: “We aim to be in production with a one-tonne capacity by the mid, late summer,” Huffman told the committee. Show More Summary

Ontario: It's Beer Book Page Proof Reading Time

Even though I have been writing about beer for over a decade, I have not had the pleasure of the page proof experience before. It balances between sheer terror and giddy delight as I see that so much of what I hoped for the book Jordan...Show More Summary

The Session #86: Beer Journalism? What Beer Journalism?

It's that time. The new edition of The Session is here. This month, the Beer Hobo asked this of us all: What role do beer writers play in the culture and growth of craft beer? Are we advocates, critics, or storytellers? What stories are not getting told and what ones would you like to never hear about again? What’s your beer media diet? i.e. Show More Summary

Mmm... I Can't Wait For The Glass Of GMB

This sort of future will be great, right? When most people think GMO crops, they think of Monsanto, corn and genetic tinkering with industrial-scale agriculture. But what if an entire, familiar industry — like beer — could undergo aShow More Summary

The Actual Multi-Dimensional Beer Universe

I know it's April Fools Day but let's just set that aside as this may take a little while to type out. Jeff wrote a good post entitled "Zen and the Art of Appreciating Simple Beers yesterday a key section of which reads: The true apex of appreciation is the ability to locate the sublime in any style (not, of course, any beer). Show More Summary

Why Does The NYT Perpetuate A US Craft Fiction?

Stan linked to a NYT opinion piece by Steve Hindy who is correctly identified as "a founder and the president of Brooklyn Brewery and a member of the Brewers Association board of directors." I think it struck me a little differently from Stan. Show More Summary

Drinking In A Place - Just Differently

I find most "add some bark" or "keep it in that barrel" beer dumb bad. Dead-end-y. We don't have to go too much into that. But I really like this idea: Saskatoon brewery Prairie Sun is helping that effort with Meewasin 80 ale, and it’s quite authentic. Show More Summary

Albany Ale: Horatio Spafford's Gazetteer Of 1813

It is not often you get to see such ripping drama in the very first paragraph of a gazetteer of two hundred years ago but there it is. He had to radically alter the plan of his work. Wow. What did he mean by this? Well, he wrote letter to people. Show More Summary

What If We Reconsidered Basic Principles?

This column today in the Montreal Gazette pleads with us. It asks us to to think about where we are right now. Wine thinker Bill Zachakriw says this about the well known critic Parker: Some will argue that this was a positive influence, as it pushed winemakers to make better wines, especially with regards to grape ripeness. Show More Summary

Will A Beer Tax Cut Bring Down The Tories?

You do not often see a government placed in greater peril because of a tax cut on beer. But it depends on how you put it, doesn't it: The suggestion that cutting bingo tax and beer duty will "help hardworking people do more of the things...Show More Summary

Tandyman Counts The Ways Of Craft Schismists

An excellent post at Tandleman's blog about the classes of UK craft. It was triggered by Boak and Bailey's excellent considerations of the post craft world. Which also asks us to consider the pre-craft question. Practically speaking, "craft" as the publicly accepted and preferred adjective is no older than 2004. Show More Summary

Four Hours In The USA After Four Months Away

Crossed south at the TI Bridge at 11 am and got back to Canada about 3 pm. Beer was not the biggest buy. We have a thing about NY state groceries. White hots. A better class of green pasta. Old cheddar and laundry soap or a third of e price. Show More Summary

Things Said Elsewhere As A Spam War Rages

Sunday morning after the week of the four extra nieces. I have good nieces so my complaint is muted but still... seven kids is a large number on the kids scale. I am left more fractured than usual. So some short notes: -> Over at Jeff's...Show More Summary

Is There No End To The Regulatory Angst?

Is it angst or constipation? I can't keep it straight when I read these things: New rules brought in by the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission allow people eating at Island restaurants to buy a bottle of P.E.I.-made alcohol to take away. Show More Summary

Albany Ale: Not Served In Only The Best Places

Well, at least not in 1865, that is, according to this travel tale in the Sydney Morning Herald on 5 June 1865 by name of “America in the Midst of War: Low Life in New York”: The first "full-blooded " establishment we entered was many degrees noisier than the lager beer saloons. Show More Summary

Why Would Anyone Call It "Tippy-top"?

The strangest thing happens to folk when confronted with groundless claims to value. Sometimes they make up grounds: "Worth it? I have no clue. Regrettably I have not sampled Don Q, as it’s known to wild beerstalkers, and am unlikely to get the chance. Show More Summary

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