News, Nuggets & Longreads 24 February 2018: Labels, Lollies, Lambic,

These are all the beer- and pub-related links we’ve enjoyed most, or found most informative, in the past week, covering everything from breakfast beer to computer games.

First, from Jeff Alworth, a clever idea: using rank-my-boss web­site Glass Door to gain insight into the employ­ment cul­tures of Amer­i­can craft brew­eries. He writes:

In my expe­ri­ence, peo­ple are uni­form­ly tight-lipped about their employ­ers, and try­ing to suss out which brew­eries treat their employ­ees well and which don’t has always been elu­sive.… There are some real sur­pris­es here. Rogue has long had a rep­u­ta­tion as a ter­ri­ble place to work, thanks in part to this report. But on Glass­door, it’s get­ting a quite-respectable 3.9. New Bel­gium, by con­trast, is usu­al­ly described as some­thing like heav­en to work for, and it’s get­ting only a 3.5.


A crowd outside the Market Porter.
SOURCE: Stacy/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Jes­si­ca Furseth has writ­ten a fas­ci­nat­ing piece for Atlas Obscu­ra on the hand­ful of Lon­don pubs that are open for break­fast, argu­ing that they are the last reminders of a time when Lon­don­ers drank at all hours of the day:

It’s 7 a.m. at The Mar­ket Porter in South Lon­don, and I’m eye­ing the choic­es behind the bar. “You alright there?” the bar­man asks. This is the first time I’ve stopped by the pub on my way to work in the morn­ing, and I have no idea what to get. Hon­est­ly, what I want is anoth­er cof­fee. But even­tu­al­ly I set­tle on a cider: the “Tra­di­tion­al Scrumpy,” which is a feisty six per­cent alco­hol. As the morn­ing sun pokes through the pat­terned glass win­dows, it goes down a lot bet­ter than I expect.

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