Ten long articles on beer to read later

Tablet com­put­ers and smart­phones have led to a growth indus­try in apps that take arti­cles from the web and present them in a clean, read­able, mag­a­zine-like for­mat. We use Pock­et (for­mer­ly Read it Lat­er) which allows you to mark arti­cles online to enjoy lat­er in a cus­tomised pub­li­ca­tion which, as if by mag­ic, only cov­ers top­ics in which we’re inter­est­ed.

Long­form and Lon­greads are great places to find sub­stan­tial arti­cles avail­able online, but there’s lit­tle in their curat­ed col­lec­tions which touch­es on beer. So, with that in mind, here are ten decent-sized arti­cles relat­ed to our favourite top­ic that might get you through a long train jour­ney.

1. The mur­der of US brew­ery mil­lion­aire Adolph Coors III in 1960 (via Long­form)

Pro­vides an inter­est­ing insight into the US brew­ing busi­ness in the 20th cen­tu­ry, as well as being an enthralling ‘true crime’ sto­ry.

2. How British landown­ers used to age strong ale for twen­ty years or more (Zythophile)

We could fill this entire list with Mar­tyn ‘Zythophile’ Cor­nel­l’s metic­u­lous, arti­cle-length ‘blog posts’ but have lim­it­ed our­selves to two.

3. The Most Noto­ri­ous Brew­er in His­to­ry (Zythophile)

Antoine-Joseph San­terre was France’s biggest brew­er in the 18th cen­tu­ry and a rev­o­lu­tion­ary to boot.

4. New York­er mag­a­zine’s pro­file of Dog­fish Head­’s Sam Cala­gione (New York­er)

Love or hate ‘extreme’ US beer, Burkhard Bil­ger’s inter­view gives a great insight into the think­ing behind it.

5. How 45 mil­lion year-old yeast was recul­tured from a sam­ple trapped in amber (Wired)

Like Juras­sic Park only with yeast instead of dinosaurs. (The yeast does­n’t chase any­one, sad­ly.)

6. Binge drink­ing and moral pan­ics in British his­to­ry (His­to­ry and Pol­i­cy)

Are there lessons to be learned from how the gov­ern­ment react­ed to the ‘gin craze’ in the 18th cen­tu­ry?

7. The sto­ry of Bud­weis­er Bud­var (Des de Moor)

The his­to­ry, the con­tro­ver­sy and the Czech brew­ery’s strug­gle to remain inde­pen­dent.

8. The rise of ‘craft keg’ in the UK (by Adri­an Tier­ney Jones)

Quib­bles over ter­mi­nol­o­gy aside, a good sum­ma­ry of where we’re at and how we got here.

9. The Beer Strikes of 1834 (Brew­ery His­to­ry Soci­ety)

Tim Holt’s fas­ci­nat­ing account of a cri­sis in Lon­don brew­ing that began with a dis­pute over pay for coop­ers.

10. Beer at the Thanks­giv­ing Table (Michael Jack­son)

A reminder that beer writ­ers have been try­ing to con­vince peo­ple that beers goes with food for a long time. This arti­cle dates from 1983.

In sev­er­al cas­es above, there are a trea­sure trove of arti­cles behind the ones we’ve picked – the Michael Jack­son, Brew­ery His­to­ry Soci­ety and Zythophile web­sites are par­tic­u­lar gold­mines.

We were nudged to fin­ish this post by this dis­cus­sion: we like short blog posts, but love long arti­cles, too.


6 thoughts on “Ten long articles on beer to read later”

  1. Thanks very much for the plug(s), chaps (if I can use “chaps” to cov­er the pair of you) – I’ve got a 7,000-plus worder lined up for some time in the next cou­ple of months, but I’m prob­a­bly going to split that into at least two parts …

    I know one of the “rules” of blog­ging is to keep it short and do it often, but I fig­ure if you’re try­ing to be a repos­i­to­ry of infor­ma­tion (which I am), and the web allows, effec­tive­ly, lim­it­less space, why not throw in every­thing includ­ing the kitchen sink, the drain­ing board and the com­plete con­tents of the cup­board you store the wash­ing pow­der and bleach in as well?

  2. Thanks for the list­ing. I’ve sym­pa­thy with Mar­tyn on this. As a paid writer I’ve spent con­sid­er­able amounts of time try­ing to shave 5,000 words worth of thoughts into a 1,500 word arti­cle so being able to post as much as I like is lib­er­at­ing, and I hope I write well enough not to out­stay my wel­come. Though Simon Jenk­ins said he could sub that Bud­var piece down to 2,000 words – still to take him up on the chal­lenge of how!

  3. Paid , you lucky bug­ger. Unpaid but pub­lished thats me. Word lim­its and edi­tors rip­ing your work apart (and some­times recon­truct­ing it to say some­thing wrong!) and just ‘the love of it’ in return. 🙂

    1. A few years ago I approached an edi­tor I knew slight­ly with some col­umn ideas. It turns out that there is no such thing as a col­umn idea; if you’ve got some­thing wit­ty and inter­est­ing to say, by all means go ahead and say it, on your blog.

      I made a liv­ing as a free­lance jour­nal­ist for five years. The work was get­ting very thin by the end of it; I don’t know how any­one man­ages to make it pay now.

  4. Long posts, or arti­cles have nev­er both­ered me. I have a tend to be a bit long-wind­ed when I write, so I guess what comes around goes around.

  5. A bit late, but many thanks for the link and for describ­ing the Brew­ery His­to­ry Soci­ety’s jour­nal as a ‘trea­sure trove of arti­cles.’ The aim is to make ever arti­cle freely avail­able online 3 years after they’ve been pub­lished in print. More com­ing soon!

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