It seams there ain’t no rest for the wicked, after work tonight I have to drive up to my parents place in Kansas City then catch a plane for South Bend early tomorrow morning. Therefore, I will not be around much to blog or tweet this weekend (I know, try to hide your disappointment, I will return). So, here are a few interesting articles I came across throughout the past few days.
Terroir (as in a special consideration of the effects of geology, geography and climate in terms of traits bestowed on produce) is a much more common word relating to wine than beer. However this is changing. The water used in brewing has long been a major factor in the type and quality of beers made and fits in with the terroir idea nicely. Hops have also started to join this growing trend. Brands like Sierra Nevada yearly produce both a Northern Hemisphere and a Southern Hemisphere fresh hopped ale. Other adjuncts such as Louisiana Strawberries that are added to the Abita Strawberry Harvest Ale are also sometimes designated by the region grown. Now, barely is starting to join the trend http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/dining/small-malting-companies-revive-a-dormant-craft.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&smid=fb-share. I plan to learn and write much more about this topic in the future so stay tuned!
I have previously mentioned the uproar of New York craft breweries over a tax exemption of 12 cents per gallon statewide and 14 cents per gallon in New York was recently taken away due to a lawsuit. That issue has now been rectified http://www.boston.com/business/taxes/articles/2012/06/14/ny_finds_way_to_restore_tax_break_to_beer_brewers/ So, Hurray Beer!
George R.R. Martin talks about the next “Game of Thrones” or “A Song of Fire and Ice” book “The Winds of Winter” here.
Here is an article about the upcoming expansion for Civilization V “Gods and Kings” which will add religion and what looks to be a very thorough Steam Punk scenario. http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/06/13/civilization-v-gods-and-kings-into-the-smokey-skies#.T9l-9GxXKLk.twitter
Here is an interesting on the craft brewery that started the revolution Anchor Brewing Company http://www.galesburg.com/entertainment/x836125572/The-Beer-Nut-Anchor-beers-stand-the-test-of-time.
Chinese beer consumption has hit the 50 billion liter mark for the first time in 2011. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/china-beer-consumption-hits-the-50-billion-liter-mark-for-first-time-in-2011-reports-mintel-2012-06-13 That is a lot of beer, kudos to all the beer producers out there and especially the craft beer producers such as Slowboat Brewery and Boxing Cat Brewery.
Here is another article describing craft beer’s rise in popularity despite the poor economy. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/6/prweb9604875.htm
A few more things, do not forget about the Brown Derby International Wine Center’s “Guy’s Night Out” cigar event on Friday June 15 (tomorrow). It will be a lot of fun.