And just as a reminder, if you haven’t had a beer that got you into craft brewing, maybe give them a go again. You might find yourself surprised about how good they still are.
A neat interview with a brewer who is interested in using sustainable systems for brewing and the farm he’s got to help him do just that.
One thing I find amusing is that his brewery became the first one since Prohibition to grow, malt, and brew all their own ingredients.
Everything old really is new again…but hopefully with more wisdom to it.
This article on the 20 most influential beers of all time caught my attention because it really delves into the history of beer and craft brewing. That puts it head and shoulders above most lists of this type, so check it out.
At this point in the craft brewing experience, there are so many styles, all of which are highly detailed and cataloged. It’s hard for me to imagine a time when that wasn’t really the case.
But it seems that the use of styles as a term is fairly new-within my lifetime, even.
That’s some fascinating stuff; check it out.
This is a nice interview with Lisa Allen about her career path and how the brewery has changed.
My pal Fuz sent me this article about a new scholarship for Black and POC to get involved in the craft brewing industry.
Which is great, because the presence of those varying perspectives creates a better industry and also better beer.
It’s really bad.
And while the lens that I’m looking at the universe through involves craft beer, what I want to emphasize is that this is just a slice of what other industries and people are going through and none of is good. We rely on so much to make our lives as rich as they are…and a lot of the people who take on that work are being given the most difficult challenges they’ve faced.
It is, as the late Don Younger said, not about the beer, but it’s about the beer.
This enjoyable story about a heavy metal drummer finding a second career in craft brewing is both a lot of fun and, I think, a great example of how the enthusiasm for something can bring someone around.
If it wasn’t for the passion of US beer drinkers, this guy wouldn’t’ve ever found himself in this position. That’s a cool thing, in days when America is, to put it kindly, shooting itself in the foot.
I found this link via my homebrew club and so far, it looks like only 10 Barrel in Oregon is going to be making a beer for this-but I hope there is more.
While I’m here, I’d like to spotlight this link for Black owned craft breweries around the U.S. (Thanks to my pal Luna for sending that my way!) The last one on the list, Weathered Souls, helped spearhead the Black Is Beautiful collaboration beer linked above.
Looks like the closest one to me is in California and…well that ain’t right. Black people were brewers during the founding of this nation and they shouldn’t be shut out of the benefits craft beer has brought us in the modern age.
That said; cool vacation destinations, when we can travel again, and maybe new local spots for readers not in Portland.
I found this article on the scientific relationship between hops and marijuana to be pretty cool!