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.
→ Lars Marius Garshol argues thatjudging beer can lead to bad habits when tasting it: “There are foods that smell so intensely they make people vomit. Yet other people love those same foods with a passion. And now you want to tell me the taste of green apples is always bad? Come on.”
→ We always rather enjoy detailed accounts of group beer tasting sessions and this blow-by-blow account is particularly interesting because of the inversion of the usual state of play: it has Belgian drinkers tasting Irish beers.
→ The big debate in the American blogoshire this week (flagged by Stan Hieronymus) has been about ‘local’. If you want to catch-up, you need:
→ In his contribution to that conversation, Craig at Drink Drank does not mince words: ‘big craft’ (e.g. Sierra Nevada) is, he argues, just as ruthless as big beer when it comes to squishing the little feller, but they’ve learned how to do it with more subtlety and guile.
→ Ron Pattinson’s posts this week on lambic beer in the 1930s have given us ideas: why shouldn’t we just cut beer with vinegar and syrup to get the lambic effect..?
→ This Tweet combines two of our favourite subjects: 20th century pub architecture and the spread of ‘craft beer culture’ in the UK.
Somers Town still feels like the most ungentrified bit of zone 1, yet this former estate pub has gone 'craft'… pic.twitter.com/QzZPi5n83d
Better late than never, here’s the round-up of links we would have posted on Saturday last if we had been able to summon any enthusiasm for using the WordPress app on an iPad over holiday apartment Wi-Fi.
→ This will be a semi-familiar view to anyone who has ever visited the William IV in Leyton to drink Brodie’s beer: the Baker’s Arms pub (DOUBLE DIAMOND) in this shot is now a branch of the bookmaker Paddy Power. (Via @teninchwheels.)
→ There have apparently been several attempts to produce a Great British Brew Off TV show but, so far, none has made it to air. In the Netherlands, however, competitive celebrity brewing show (and Grolsch advertorial) Brouwersch has just hit the air. Here’s a trailer. (Via @andrewdrinks.)
The most meaningful feedback happens on a very slow timeframe. It’s easy to get distracted in the immediacy of people tweeting replies in realtime, but the reason I write is for those rare times, years later, when I get an email from someone I might only barely know, saying that something I wrote meant something to them.
We’re off on our holidays this afternoon but have a few posts scheduled to pop up during next week. Though we’re determined not to do any work, we’ll probably have a beer or two and visit the odd pub, so expect Tweets and Facebook updates.
In the meantime, here’s our usual round-up of interesting things to read around the beerier corners of the the internet.
→ The Cask Report 2014 has landed and here’s the author’s handy digest. Pete Brown’s findings echoes one of the underlying arguments of Brew Britannia: ‘Cask ale and craft beer are not the same thing, but neither are they entirely separate — there is a pretty big overlap.’
For a beer to be deemed a ghost whale, it must not only come from a deeply respected producer, but also have a scarcity that limits remaining bottles to numbers you learned to count to in kindergarten. These extraordinary near-extinct beers, such as the original ’03 batch of Cantillon’s cloudberry masterpiece, Soleil de Minuit, or Lost Abbey’s for-friends-only Veritas 005, can fetch over $4,000 apiece among private collectors.
→ Pete Brissenden has continued his blogging frenzy in the last week. Read the whole lot, but especially this post on ‘intrinsics and extrinsics’. (Pete works at Meantime Brewing and this post, we think, reflects the personal philosophy of its founder, British craft beer pioneer Alastair Hook.)
→ We were strangely captivated by this series of articles by Janis Blower for the Shields Gazette recalling ‘the beer boats’ which transported beer by sea from Scotland to Tyneside between the 1920s and 1950s. ( 1 | 2 | 3 )
→ The Beer Nut has been in Bamberg where he captured this ironic image:
This book really delivered. I saw familiar threads of information, but Boak and Bailey really fleshed out the details for someone like me, who possesses only an American’s cursory knowledge (despite paying attention like a fairly high-functioning beer nerd) of what was really happening on the ground in England all these years.