Beery Long Reads, August 2014

These are all the respons­es to our call to ‘go long’ that we know about so far. If we missed yours, com­ment below, and we’ll add any strag­glers to this list and when we find out about them either in the com­ments below or through Twit­ter.

Bulimba Gold Top

A Brief History of Bulimba Gold Top

by Drunk­en Spec­u­la­tion (@DrunkSpec)

[This] is the abridged his­to­ry of a local beer that was dis­con­tin­ued before I was born but holds my inter­est for rea­sons I can’t quite fath­om. It might be the notion of brew­ing beer in Brisbane’s inner river­side sub­urbs, some­thing that has only recent­ly become a thing again. It might be the roman­tic fil­ter through which I view late nine­teenth cen­tu­ry Bris­bane. It might just be the name: Bulim­ba Gold Top.

[Read more at Drunk­en Spec­u­la­tion…]

[ezcol_1third]Bolivian Flag (detail)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Cerveza at 11,000 feet in Bolivia

by Bre­wolero

My first arrival to La Paz made for a weird epiphany, but a rev­e­la­tion nonethe­less. Of course, head-pound­ing and dehy­drat­ed is not quite a state of mind that screams for beer. Nonethe­less, we head­ed for what to any beer-mind­ed per­son was the promis­ing­ly-named Adven­ture Brew Hos­tel, although the cranky old­head lurk­ing in me was a tad wary.

[Read more at Bre­wolero…][/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]Beer in Lille.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Lille: a Beer Odyssey and Much More

by Justin Mason (@1970sBOY)

I sus­pect that many of you, as I have done, gazed unin­ter­est­ed­ly out of the win­dow as your Eurostar train pulled into Lille sta­tion, a seem­ing­ly unnec­es­sary stop on your way to Brus­sels and maybe beyond, with your head full of all the good things that Bel­gium, where beer is almost a reli­gion, will have in store for you.

[Read more at Get Beer, Drink Beer…][/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]London Beer City.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Lon­don Beer Peo­ple

by Matthew Cur­tis (@TotalCurtis)

What Lon­don beer city did was cre­ate an envi­ron­ment that made beer more acces­si­ble to every­one else. I watched onlook­ers, strag­glers and casu­al passers by not only stop and look what was going on but wan­der in and start a beer jour­ney of their very own.

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

[ezcol_1third]Brewdog beers.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Inter­view with Baron Dick­ie of Ellon

by Matthew Lawren­son (@seethelizards)

Arti­cle tak­en from telegraph.com (3rd March 2034): View­ing Lord Dick­ie today, it’s hard to imag­ine him as the flat-cap wear­ing fire­brand enfant-ter­ri­ble of British Brew­ing. Repos­ing on an antique Chester­field, dressed head-to-toe in tweed, he looks every inch the mid­dle-aged Scot­tish coun­try gent.

[Read more at See­ing the Lizards][/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]BeerBud[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Beer­Bud Beer Club

by Glen Humphries (@26bear)

Unlike a num­ber of oth­er journos, I didn’t both­er writ­ing any­thing for the paper because I knew it was noth­ing spe­cial. I knew the media release head­line “Aussie barons brew ale rev­o­lu­tion” was sim­ply not true.

[Read more at Beer is Your Friend…][/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Vintage beer glass illustration.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Who Will Save the Idea of Craft Beer?

by Alan McCormick (@GrowlerFills)

Papaz­ian is exact­ly right. A craft brew­er is a sub­jec­tive idea, some­thing neb­u­lous left to each of us to define as relates to our own expe­ri­ences and val­ues. But Papazian’s orga­ni­za­tion defines it any­way.

[Read more at Growler Fills…][/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Hop farming in Idaho.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Farm­ing Hops, Ida­ho Style

by Stan Hierony­mus (@StanHieronymus)

This was by no means a del­uge. You could almost count the ear­ly morn­ing rain­drops hit­ting the tent roof. There’s one where Ori­on would be locat­ed, a cou­ple by the Big Dip­per. Rain and wind can be a very bad thing at a hop farm this time of year. A few days ear­li­er rain and wind in Wash­ing­ton and south­ern Ida­ho had knocked down about 140 acres of hop trel­lis­es.

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

[ezcol_1third]Some beer books that we've used for research.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Rec­om­mend­ed Brew­ing His­to­ry Books

by Ed Wray (@TheBeerFather)

Back in May when Chris March­banks gave a talk on brew­ing his­to­ry he gave out a list of books he rec­om­mend­ed. Here’s the list with com­ments and some sug­ges­tions of my own. I’ve pro­vid­ed links for the books which in some cas­es link will take you to the com­plete book online, in oth­ers it’s to an online retail­er. Some of the books are dirt cheap and some are dead expen­sive.

[Read more at Ed’s Beer Site…][/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Gareth (left) and Tim, at the brewery door.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Mel­low Brown vs. the Amar­il­lo Kid?

by Boak & Bai­ley (@boakandbailey)

The ten­sion between new world and old school is being played out at Spin­go Ales in sleepy Hel­ston, Corn­wall, but which side has the upper hand?

[Read more…][/ezcol_2third_end]

ADDED 31/08/2014

[ezcol_1third]James Watt of Brewdog.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Inter­view with BrewDog’s James Watt

by Chris Hall (@cshallwriter)

I asked var­i­ous Beer Peo­ple I know what they would ask Brew­Dog if they had the same chance as me… What fol­lows is a series of ques­tions put to James Watt on Fri­day 22 August, some from me, some from oth­er peo­ple.

[Read more at the Beer Diary…][/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Upper Hudson Valley Beer cover (detail)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Upper Hud­son Beer From 1700 to 1750

by Alan McLeod (@agoodbeerblog)

On Feb­ru­ary 15, 1700, one of the church’s poor died. She was Ryseck, the wid­ow of Ger­rit Swart… There were more than a few expens­es in addi­tion to the cost of the cof­fin and the fee paid Hen­drick Rose­boom, the doo­d­graver. In addi­tion to 150 sug­ar cakes and suf­fi­cient tobac­co and pipes… twen­ty-sev­en guilders were paid by the con­gre­ga­tion for a half vat and an anker of good beer.

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