Jeff Alworth is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. He is currently working on Brewing the World's Classic Styles: Advice From the Pros for Storey Publishing. Beervana is where he writes a weekly column. He also co-hosts the Beervana Podcast, where he and Oregon State University economics professor Patrick Emerson discuss beer and the economics of beer.
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Monday, Cider Riot's Abram Goldman-Armstrong put 63 hectoliters--nearly
60 barrels--of cider in cans for the first time. Yesterday he had a
media event at his pub and cidery to introduce Everyday Cider and it
made me realize some things have changed since I last checked in on
cider. Time for an update.
Lest we bury the lead, Abe dropped this
remarkable stat that could be inferred,
At long last, and with surprisingly few nostalgic glances over the shoulder, I am leaving Blogspot forever. Yes, I've embraced parallax scrolling, big, grabby titles, and vivid, full-page photos. Please welcome the new and future site of this here rag:
You'll see there are a few upgrades. Principally:
Better site architecture.
Better, more elegant layout.
We have a new podcast for your listening pleasure. The main subject is Mexican craft beer, featuring an interview with Enrique Aceves-Vincent Ramirez of Guadalajara’s Loba Brewing. We talk about the Mexican market, what it's like getting started there, and where things may be headed. A great primer for those of you interested in our southern neighbor.
Also on that podcast, a follow-up on my
Brewer vignettes feature quotes from brewers I picked up in my travels around the world.
On the origins of Pannepot, the brewery's flagship.
“I heard that in my family, there were homebrewers at the time—100 years ago. The women were the brewers because the men were at sea to catch herrings. The women made beer in the wintertime on the stove.”
Here Grootaert interjected with a story about
Scientists long ago figured out the mechanism through which hops turn beer bitter: the alpha acids in the lupulin glands become isomerized over the boil--a process that allows the bittering compounds to become soluble. There's a mathematical curve that demonstrates the process, and the amount of bitterness is a direct function of alpha acids plus boiling time. This all beer geeks know.
The Oregon Beer Awards were handed out last night, and there were a few
surprises. The first came when Wolf Tree (Seal Rock) won the first gold medal.
Wait, who? That happened several times throughout the night, as obscure breweries took home medals: Freebridge (the Dalles), Back Pedal (Portland), Salem Ale Works, and Wild Ride (Redmond). Wolf Tree, incidentally, "is one of very few
Each year, General Distribution's Jim Fick closely tracks the sales of
Oregon beer in Oregon, and he very graciously forwards me the
spreadsheet with the numbers. Frustratingly, the OLCC, which tracks these numbers, has gotten fairly lax and the figures aren't terribly reliable. One obvious example is that they somehow don't capture CBA's sales (Widmer/Redhook/Kona)--one of the two largest
If you were to name the four or five hottest breweries right now, measured in beer geek coolness points, Boston's Trillium Brewing would have to be on that list. They are makers of many different types of beer, but are famous for being one of the charter members of the New England IPA movement, with all the requisite rarity and excitement. Well, despite having failed to find any of their rare
Periodically--too infrequently, if you want my opinion--a friend of the blog will feel inspired to send me beer from their distant location. When breweries send me beer, I make no promises to review or ever even comment on them (though I will drink them; I'm not a halfwit), but when a person spends hard-earned cash to purchase and send beer from a brewery, my hard and fast rule is: always review
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