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Here are the articles I've been working on for this month:
- Autumn Beer
- Good Beer and Good Food: The Pairing Project
- Beer In the Kitchen - It's Not Just for Bratwurst Anymore
- Summer Beer - Four Styles, Four Brands
- Oktoberfest - A Wedding Anniversary, a Festival, and a Beer Style
- Angry Orchard Hard Cider - Crisp Apple tasting notes and review
- Angry Orchard Hard Cider - Apple Ginger tasting notes and review
- Beer for wine lovers
Here's some summertime beery goodness:
- How beer is made - Malting and Brewing
- How beer is made - Lagering and Packaging
- Do women like beer?
- What exactly is craft beer?
- Beer travel - A brief history of Missouri beer
- Beer Travel - Missouri beer today
- Golden Wing Blonde Ale from Finch's Beer Co. - Tasting notes and review
- What is the best way to store my beer?
This one is about a couple of ice cream flavors made from beer. Well, not beer actually. They are made from wort.
Wort, as you beer nerds and homebrewers know, is unfermented beer. Wort is the stuff that beer is before yeast converts the sugars in it to alcohol and CO2. Wort is sweet, sticky, brown water that is full of beery goodness without the alcohol. Really, can you think of a better thing to make ice cream out of, other than milk, of course?
So, this ice cream is made with wort by Victory Brewing Co. in Pennsylvania and is available only at the brewery. It comes in two flavors which are based on the beer that the wort was supposed to become before the ice cream maker co-opted it, Triple Monkey and Golden Monkey.
We've discussed beer bottle houses before. They are those strange yet oddly mesmerizing structures made by stacking beer bottles until walls, floors and roofs form.
This is nothing like that.
Actually, if you didn't know that these jeans were made from beer bottles you wouldn't know it. They look like regular jeans. But, somehow and I can't even pretend to know how, these jeans from I'm Not a Virgin, are made from crushed beer bottles and cotton.
The company is still looking for funding on Kickstarter so if you have some cash lying around doing nothing so, why not kick a few doubloons their way? I really want to wear beer bottle jeans to the next beer festival I attend. It seems like a much better way to get into the spirit of things than wearing lederhosen.
Usually, when the word golden is applied to beer it's a reference to color. In this case, it's a bit more literal.
A brewery in the Czech Republic has brewed a beer with actual gold. Yes, like that weird bottle of liquor that I see at every bar but no one I know has tasted, this beer has flakes of gold in it - 0.018 grams to be exact. It's named after the ancient Egyptian sun god, Re.
Why? Well, it was brewed for a "special client upon request," aka jackwagon with more money than brains. This is a one time brew and not available for sale. So, none of us regular folk can taste the golden beer.
Which brings up another question: What does golden beer taste like? Well, the brewer explains, gold is an inert element and, therefore, has no impact on the taste of the beer. "But it has a very impressive effect and it also may have a good effect on health later."
I'm not sure why this story brings out the curmudgeon in me but it does. Luckily, curmudgeon is an inert element so it won't effect my taste and it may even have a good effect on health later.
Check out the new beery goodness I just dropped on the site:
I'm looking to expand my coverage of the beer world to professions involved with beer in any way, be it brewing, distribution, advertising, writing, selling or anything else. I'm looking for folks interested in anything from a long interview to a few thoughts about specific beer questions.
So, if you making a living from beer and are interested in sharing a few thoughts with my readers please contact me. Let me know how you're involved in the beer industry and how long you've been at it. You can contact me by leaving a comment on this blog post or send me an email at email@example.com.
I just read this article about companies that make beer available to their employees. The author's human resources perspective lumps this perk in with other benefits such as free food and the famous sleeping holes at Google. In the end, she appears to conclude that allowing employees the occasional beer is okay and is a useful barometer of the company's environment. Are you the kind of person who thinks that beer and work don't mix? Then, you probably shouldn't work at a company that keeps a well stocked beer fridge in the breakroom.
I'm really on the fence about this. Of course there are jobs where there should be absolutely no alcohol whatsoever - healthcare and trucking come to mind - and other jobs where it wouldn't be a big deal. Most office jobs would probably be fine. There are a few jobs where it's actually part of the job. Many breweries ask their employees to taste the product, either for quality control or just to keep them in touch with the product.
The reason I might not be in favor of beer on the job is the question of self-control. Here in the US we are still a little prudish about any form of alcohol. As such, some people can go overboard when they suddenly find that they are allowed to drink in unusual or unexpected circumstances. While most people in most situations could handle a beer on the clock there are always a few for whom it could become a problem. But, we shouldn't be punished for their problem, should we?
I just don't know. Should beer be available at work, assuming the nature of the job allows it? Sounds like a good time for another one of my world famous beer polls.
Here's a handful of freshly brewed beer articles for your reading enjoyment!