News, Nuggets & Longreads 18/10/2014

Pint of beer illustration.

Ha ha, bacon, ha ha, all the bacon, ha ha, it’s funny how people keep mentioning bacon! Bacon o’clock! Hahahahahahahaha! BACON! Hrr, hrr. Bacon. Yeah. Bacon.” Yeah, hilarious. Here are some links.

→ A poten­tial­ly inter­est­ing devel­op­ment: Justin Mason and Ed Raz­za­ll have been work­ing togeth­er on a beer guide for East Anglia.

→ Ten Inch Wheel­er, who is handy with words as he is with a cam­era, recounts a pub crawl from East Lon­don to Maryle­bone:

Tele­graph Man wants to know if York­shire will go for devo­lu­tion if Scot­land sep­a­rates. A pure Brad­ford boom-voice declares that they should have marched on Down­ing Street after the end of the Tour De France. Big laughs.

→ Find­ing fresh things to say about famil­iar ter­ri­to­ry, and fresh ways to express it, the ever-read­able Beer Nut explores Bam­berg and the sur­round­ing area in sev­er­al instal­ments: 1 | 2 | 3

→ Saved to Pock­et: long-run­ning tech­nol­o­gy mag­a­zine Wired has a piece on exact­ly how Halve Maan plan to run a pipeline for beer under the medieval her­itage-pro­tect­ed city of Bruges.

→ Mar­tyn ‘Zythophile’ Cor­nell marked yesterday’s 200th anniver­sary of London’s Great Beer Flood by remind­ing us, first, that a lot of the sto­ries are sim­ply made up, and, sec­ond­ly, that real peo­ple real­ly died.

→ We love read­ing J. Ken­ji López-Alt’s painstak­ing ‘Food Lab’ arti­cles at Seri­ous Eats this cas­soulet recipe, based on exten­sive research, is great. Is there a beer equiv­a­lent of his work? Some­one should get on that, if not.

Special supplement

Pure­ly for the record, and in case you missed them, this week’s con­tro­ver­sies, con­trived or oth­er­wise:

CAMRA’s sex­ist leaflet: orig­i­nal peti­tion | com­men­tary by Rowan Molyneux, with exten­sive dis­cus­sion | com­men­tary by It Comes in Pints?  Part 1 and Part 2 | com­men­tary by Pete Brown | and one of sev­er­al heat­ed dis­cus­sions on Face­book.

→ Just as the Great British Beer Fes­ti­val has tend­ed to do, the Inde­pen­dent Man­ches­ter Beer Con­ven­tion has trig­gered a round of soul-search­ing and (most­ly civilised) argu­ment: Phil didn’t go because he didn’t like the look of it; Tan­dle­man agreed with some of Phil’s obser­va­tions, but gen­er­al­ly gave Indy­Man the thumbs-up; Richard at the Beer­cast won­dered whether they might not both have a point about elit­ism; and Emma at Crema’s Beer Odyssey gave voice to the irri­ta­tion of ded­i­cat­ed IndyMän­ner.

→ Over the Atlantic, there’s been a brouha­ha over so-called ‘pay-to-play’ – that is, big­ger brew­eries brib­ing their way on the coun­ters of bars at the expense of small­er brew­eries. The best sum­ma­ry, with links out, is Jeff Alworth’s – part 1 and part 2. (Beer geeks love a con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry.)

→ And, final­ly, GQ fished for web traf­fic by giv­ing chef David Chang to have a pop at craft beer. Beer geeks were out­raged, as was the inten­tion. GQ fished for a bit more atten­tion by let­ting Brooklyn’s brew­mas­ter Gar­rett Oliv­er respond the next day. Annoy­ing as this kind of con­trived ‘Brad slams Angelina’s ex’ non­sense is, there’s no deny­ing Oliver’s rhetor­i­cal tal­ents – his piece is very fun­ny.

Brew Britannia Business

→ Aaron Stein at Whatch­u­drinkin? has writ­ten a few posts ref­er­enc­ing Brew Bri­tan­nia, and, in par­tic­u­lar, com­par­ing the UK and US expe­ri­ence, includ­ing this one about ‘rich old dudes’.

→ And Beer writer Tim Hamp­son says…

5 thoughts on “News, Nuggets & Longreads 18/10/2014”

  1. Wow! If you get award­ed a met­al umlaut for going to the Indy Man Beer Con then I’ll have to swap sides on this one – it clear­ly was The Great­est British Beer Fes­ti­val In The World Ever!

  2. Blimey O’Reilly! I hadn’t seen that blog post – for some rea­son the links to my post haven’t shown up at my blog.

    Obvi­ous­ly I don’t want to con­tin­ue the argu­ment here… so I’ll shut up.

  3. Am I the only one who finds it weird read­ing all this “pay-to-play” stuff from this side of the Atlantic? From the first Beer­vana link:
    “Ever heard the term ‘com­mit­ted lines’? This is what it means. Brew­eries buy draft lines so their lame beers aren’t irrel­e­vant.”
    and from the com­ments:
    “I have heard about bars here in Col­orado hav­ing “com­mit­ted lines” where they only stock beers from a cer­tain dis­trib­u­tor”
    both sound fair­ly strange as bits of shock-hor­ror if you’ve grown up with tied hous­es and pub­cos!

    And if it’s even half true then the com­ment to the effect that it’d be sui­ci­dal­ly bad for busi­ness to stock any­thing but the best pos­si­ble beers also sug­gests a bit of a dif­fer­ence between the US and UK beer scenes…

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