Ten More Long Articles on Beer

A horse-drawn brewer's dray loaded with beer barrels.

As the beer blogs enter their Christ­mas hiber­na­tion, and you find your­self on a long jour­ney home, or twid­dling your thumbs on the sofa, nov­el­ty hat askew, it’s a great time to catch-up on some of those longer pieces you might have missed. Here are ten we book­marked.

1. The Plot to Destroy Amer­i­ca’s Beer (Bloomberg) – this arti­cle got tweet­ed and retweet­ed by every­one on earth in Octo­ber but we did­n’t get round to read­ing it until now. Les­son: monop­o­lies threat­en choice and qual­i­ty for ‘ordi­nary drinkers’ of ‘nor­mal beer’.

2. The His­to­ry of Pil­sner Urquell in Three Parts (Evan Rail) – the Why Beer Mat­ters author tells the sto­ry of the found­ing of Pil­sner Urquell, analy­ses its found­ing doc­u­ment and then sets straight var­i­ous myths, fairy tales and down­right lies that have built up over the years.

3. Shades, Dives and oth­er vari­eties of British bar (Mar­tyn Cor­nell) – ever won­dered about the dif­fer­ence between the saloon, lounge, snug and pub­lic bar? This arti­cle will sort you out. (Or con­fuse you fur­ther by throw­ing in the vaults, the shades, the ladies’ bar…)

4. Ter­ror at the Wen­lock Brew­ery (Stephen Sadler) – on 11 Sep­tem­ber, 1940, hun­dreds of peo­ple sought shel­ter from a Ger­man air raid in the base­ment of a Lon­don brew­ery, with dread­ful con­se­quences.

5. Shake­speare’s Local and the Aus­tri­an Tyrant (Pete Brown) – a handy left­over bit of his lat­est book, this piece tells the sto­ry of how South­wak brew­ery work­ers kicked a war crim­i­nal’s butt in 1850.

6. Albany Ale: Going Dutch (Craig) – one of sev­er­al posts by this blog­ger on the his­to­ry of Dutch brew­ers in Albany in the state of New York.

7. Com­plete Guide to All-grain Brew­ing(Neil at MashSparge­Boil) – he makes it sound so easy! (Which it kind of is.) If brew­ing is one of your 2013 res­o­lu­tions, read this for encour­age­ment and advice.

8. Yeast ploys…(Charles Bam­forth) – brew­ing sci­en­tist Charles Bam­forth argues that yeast isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to pin­ning down a spe­cif­ic char­ac­ter in brew­ing. (Con­trar­i­an much?)

9. Oxi­da­tion: good beer gone bad (Chris Bible) – a slight­ly dry but very clear piece explain­ing (a) what oxi­da­tion is; (b) how to spot it in your beer; and © how to pre­vent it.

10. His­to­ry of Ignatz Bier(Home­base­pro­ject) – the sto­ry of a Jew­ish-owned brew­ery in Berlin from 1907–2011, includ­ing it’s ‘Aryaniza­tion’ in 1933.

BONUS: The Pubs of Old Lon­don(Spi­tal­fields Life) – not many words in this one so not espe­cial­ly suit­able for ‘read­ing lat­er’, but the pic­tures.… oh, boy, such pic­tures!

If you’re still hun­gry for more, our pre­vi­ous ‘lon­greads’ lists are here and here

We rec­om­mend Pock­et (for­mer­ly Read it Lat­er) for iOS and Android as a great way to con­sume long web arti­cles on the move.

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