Here’s all the writing and news about beer and pubs that grabbed our attention in the past week, from Chicago to Rochdale. But we’ll start with some bits of news.
- Cloudwater is opening a London bar, following the lead of Bristol brewery Moor whose Bermondsey outpost had its grand opening last week. (This strikes us an interesting trend.)
- Only reported in a single Tweet as far as we can see, at the time of writing: BrewDog is to acquire indie cider producer Hawkes, according to MCA Insight.
- C&C, with support from AB-InBev (or something like that), has acquired the Matthew Clark and Bibendum booze wholesaling bits of the mid-collapse Conviviality.
- We haven’t been tracking every brewery closure in 2018 like we did in 2017 but did notice these two: Offbeat has wound up; and a brewery we’d never heard of, Stoney Ford, has ceased brewing operations after two years.
For Punch Gray Chapman takes a deep look into attitudes around gender in relation to beer, inspired by Helana Darwin’s research that we mentioned in one of these round-ups a few weeks ago. The article is called ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About “Bitch Beer”’:
Beer is inextricably tangled up in gender, and no one understands this better than the women who choose to drink it. Much of its history is rooted in a blue-collar, canvas coveralls-tinged vision of masculinity that’s still evident in almost every aspect of its supply chain; label art commonly recalls Axe Body Spray at best, cartoon porn at worst. Less aggressive but more ubiquitous is the practically algorithmic aesthetic of craft beer bars, with their warehouse-industrial interiors and a Ron Swanson-esque penchant for rough-hewn wood and leather, evoking a nostalgia for a time and place where Real Men and their work-calloused hands made things.