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Beery Long Reads, March 2014

'I Deny Being A Hipster Who Denies Being A Hipster' by Lorena Cupcake, from Flickr Creative Commons.
SOURCE: Lorena Cupcake, Flickr Creative Commons.


by Chris Hall (@cshallwriter)

For a long time, I’ve used the word affectionately, referring to hipsters in the same way I might say ‘Oh Morrissey, you silly Quorn sausage.’ I see people doing things that seem naive or gullible, fashion-following or amusingly trendy, and I think, somewhat patronisingly, oh, hipsters, shaking my head in fatherly amusement/disapproval. In the past year or so though, I have become increasingly aware and sensitive to the use of the word hipster in a decidedly non-affectionate way.

[Read more at the Beer Diary…]


[/ezcol_1third]Birmingham Beer Bash logo.[ezcol_2third_end]My, How We’ve Changed

by David Shipman (@othertonaleman)

I don’t know any more where (or who) it came from, or how it got shared, but initially sensible discussions fuelled by beer became bolder. A vision was born. Only an outline at first, blurred but recognisable. We created the Birmingham Beer Bash.

[Read more at Othertonales…][/ezcol_2third_end]


[/ezcol_1third]Kona Brewing logo.[ezcol_2third_end]Nineteen ninety-five: beer change afoot

by Stan Hieronymus (@stanhieronymus)

Fifteen years after Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi began selling their Sierra Nevada beers in 1980 America’s beer renaissance demanded attention.

[Read more at Appellation Beer..][/ezcol_2third_end]


[/ezcol_1third]Banana Bread Beer bottle.[ezcol_2third_end]Banana Bread Beer: an enduring oddity

by Leigh Linley (@LeighGoodStuff)

The aroma is the first thing you notice. You try to stop yourself thinking ‘Well it does smell like Banana’, but you can’t. It’s there all right; sweet and almost cloying, recalling those foam banana sweets.

[Read more at The Good Stuff…][/ezcol_2third_end]


[/ezcol_1third]Cardboard beer mats.[ezcol_2third_end]Cardboard Stupid — more box than beer

by Justin Mason (@1970sboy)

Cardboard, a heavy duty paper in all its forms, from the box your latest online order came in to the handy beer mat you scribbled that telephone number on in a hurry has had a long association with beer and our drinking habits…

[Read more at Get Beer. Drink Beer.][/ezcol_2third_end]


[/ezcol_1third]Detail from a photo by Dianne Tanner: bottled beer.[ezcol_2third_end]The Price of Craft Beer

by Matt Curtis (@totalcurtis)

My more avid Twitter followers will have recently witnessed a brief tirade against what I felt was an excessively high price for imported cans of Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA, one of my very favourite double IPA’s. The cheapest price I could find was £6.49 for a single 455ml/16oz can…

[Read more at Total Ales…][/ezcol_2third_end]


[/ezcol_1third]Ontario Beer Label.[ezcol_2third_end]Your Sunday Morning 1940s Ontario Beer Update

by Alan McLeod (@agoodbeerblog)

I give you excerpts from a late draft of Ontario Beer: A Heady History of Brewing from the Great Lakes to the Hudson Bay. Final tweaks continue…

[Read more at A Good Beer Blog…][/ezcol_2third_end]


[/ezcol_1third]Small Beer Illustration.[ezcol_2third_end]Has The Brewery Boom Made Beer Worse?

by Connor Murphy (@likethemurphys)

With so many nascent breweries now in operation, it’s fair to say there’s been a net decrease in experience throughout the brewing trade and, given the appeal of craft, there has been an increase in those keen to cash in on demand… That’s not to say the boom has been bad for beer but the current state of flux has caused quality to waver over the last couple of years.

[Read more at Beer Battered…][/ezcol_2third_end]


[/ezcol_1third]Detail from the cover of Home Brewing Without Failures by H.E. Bravery.[ezcol_2third_end]Homebrewing in the UK

by David Bishop (@broadfordbrewer)

It’s my opinion that the boom-and-boom of homebrewing is symbiotic with the general surge of interest in beer… 2013 was another good year for homebrewing, and 2014 is already full of promise.

[Read more at Broadfordbrewer…][/ezcol_2third_end]


[/ezcol_1third]The Golden Heart, Spitalfields.[ezcol_2third_end]The Snug Bar Preservation Society

by Boak & Bailey (@boakandbailey) with pictures by Ten Inch Wheels (@teninchwheels)

Nowadays, the idea of a community campaign to save a pub hardly seems remarkable — they are seen as an endangered species, the cruel property developers’ harpoons glancing off their leathery old skin — but a hundred years ago, thing were very different. Then, a cull was underway. [Read more…][/ezcol_2third_end]

We’ll add any stragglers to this list and when we find out about them either in the comments below or through Twitter.