In an article posted today on Slate.com, Adrienne So argues the craft beer industry’s love affair with hops is alienating people who don’t like bitter beers. So claims “beers overloaded with hops are a pointless gimmick. That’s because we can’t even taste hops’ nuances above a certain point.”
Back in November, I attended a CreativeMornings session in Raleigh, North Carolina. CreateMornings is “TED talks for the everyday.” The Raleigh chapter held its third session about a month ago, and the meeting featured Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko of Raleigh Denim, a local jean company that uses traditional constructions methods and has recently taken the national fashion community by storm (they’ve been featured in GQ, Monocle, New York Magazine, Lucky, Esquire and Southern Living, to name a few).
The Session is “an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic.” David of Good Morning… hosts this month’s Session, number seventy:
I couldn’t have pinpointed Shreveport on a map and suspect most other non-Shreveporters could either. This, from a guy who not only has been to nearly every American state, but one who goes to New Orleans every year (for Jazz Fest) and, while not a Southerner by birth, choice or even in spirit, perceives these annual trips as a sort of pilgrimage. So while I’ve driven every mile of I-10 from west of Lafayette clear through to Gulfport and love Louisiana with all my soul, southern Louisiana was the only Louisiana I’d ever known. Turns out there is another half, north of there. Guess that’s why the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau uses the marketing slogan, “Louisiana’s Other Side.”
The Session is “an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic.” Jorge of Brew Beer And Drink It hosts this month’s Session, number sixty-nine:
Last Friday, some of the All About Beer Magazine team went to a tasting where, amongst other characteristics, we discussed aroma, flavor and body. We heard phrases that included “bitter,” “chocolate,” “roasty,” “stone fruit” and “toast,” and we learned about the business’s commitment not only to craft a local, sustainable beverage, but to provide for its employees’ well-being and to support its community’s small business economy.
Other than sporadic occasions at beer festivals or judging sessions where beer writers may run into a handful of their colleagues, they rarely have the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company in large groups, away from the hustle and bustle of beer lovers nudging them away from the bar or pushing past them in line with small, plastic glasses in hands. It was a much-needed respite, then, when John Holl organized a casual meeting over dinner (and beer, of course) at Breckenridge Brewery of writers attending the Great American Beer Festival this past week.
The perennial beer event of the year in the United States, the Great American Beer Festival (“GABF”), took place last week in Denver, CO. In addition to a half-week of traditional festival sessions, meals curated around beer at area restaurants and tap takeovers around town, GABF has a competition component whose prestige is arguably rivaled only by that of the World Beer Cup. While both contests use the beer categories defined in the Brewers Association’s Beer Style Guidelines, this year’s GABF saw the addition of a new category—Fresh Hop Ale. Previously, Fresh Hop Ale had been a subcategory of Experimental Beer.
1987. Three years after we seemingly, collectively, broke free from Big Brother’s dystopian world of thoughtcrimes and mind control, the notion of people thinking—and drinking—what they wanted gained a cultural foothold. To dive into the world of craft beer requires a broader willingness to eschew the mainstream, to take a personal stand against that which is pre- and mass-packaged for consumption in any form, be it drinkable, or, in my case, listenable. Read More…