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Accessibility, or Why People Don’t Like Beer
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Accessibility, or Why People Don’t Like Beer

A bit of discussion broke out in the comments on Monday’s post about what is or is not ‘accessible’ beer. When we were first getting into beer as young twenty-somethings it was via Greene King IPA, Leffe, Erdinger and Hoegaarden, all of which are considered bland by modern standards. For […]

Alternate History: Pilsner Instead of IPA?
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Alternate History: Pilsner Instead of IPA?

‘Imagine if German beer geeks had dominated the discourse since the 1990s and decided that Burton Pale Ale was a type of Gose.’ That’s a thought-provoking suggestion from Robbie Pickering, AKA @robsterowski. Here are the thoughts it provoked, in a roundabout way. There is a comparative lack of straightforward-but-better takes […]

BOOKS: The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky
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BOOKS: The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky

When a linguist writes about global food culture it feels like being given a glimpse into the complex machinery of the human race. Dan Jurafsky is a professor of linguistics at Stanford University whose speciality is the application of heavyweight computing power to vast bodies of writing such as restaurant […]

Smoke Signals: We’re Not Stuck in the Mud, Honest!
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Smoke Signals: We’re Not Stuck in the Mud, Honest!

In recent weeks the Campaign for Real Ale has been sending coded signals: it isn’t hidebound or dogmatic, it can change, it is hip to where it’s at, Daddy-O. First there was this press release referencing an article in the latest edition of the Good Beer Guide: A growing number […]

Character
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Character

We use the word ‘character’ a lot and, before craft beer, Michael Jackson often wrote about ‘beers of character’. It conveys something but… what? Roar Sandodden has improved his malt quality in the technical sense. He gets higher efficiency now. But the beer has less character. — Lars Marius Garshol […]

QUICK ONE: Strange Times
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QUICK ONE: Strange Times

If we’re in a bubble, then the bubble is getting bigger, or getting crowded, or leaking, or something. There is a prevalent idea that beer geeks over-estimate the impact of what’s going on with beer at the moment because they’re — we’re — in a kind of echo-chamber. We’re inclined […]

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Children in Pubs: Tangents

The debate about children in pubs (like sparklers, BrewDog, finings, &c.) only seems to get gristlier the more it’s chewed and so we’re staying out of it. Having said that… When we thought aloud on Twitter last night suggesting there ought to be a guide to child-friendly pubs, we were […]

Impressions of Pubs in Newcastle
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Impressions of Pubs in Newcastle

Based on our week holidaying there we reckon Newcastle is a great city, a great place to drink, and we’ll definitely be going back. For one thing, we loved the sense that there’s less of a stark line there between ‘craft’ and ‘trad’, posh and rough, town and suburb, than […]

Questions and Answers: Which Beers Excite ‘Traddies’?
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Questions and Answers: Which Beers Excite ‘Traddies’?

‘Are there still any widely sought-after beers among traditional Real Ale afficionados? It’s pretty easy to spot what’s hot with craft beer geeks, but less so with traddies, probably because they aren’t all on Twitter. Are there still beers that would clear the floor at a CAMRA AGM if the […]

Is It OK Not To Be OK With Brewery Takeovers in 2016?
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Is It OK Not To Be OK With Brewery Takeovers in 2016?

A few years ago if a big brewery took over a small one, it was a disaster — (almost) everyone agreed. But now, is the consensus in the process of swinging the other way? In yesterday’s News, Nuggets & Longreads round-up we mentioned in passing that New Zealand brewery Panhead […]

QUICK ONE: The Young Americans
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QUICK ONE: The Young Americans

Shelves at Hops + Crafts pictured in October 2015. A few weeks back we spoke to Chris Harper who runs Hops + Crafts, a specialist beer shop in Exeter. Chris is an American, from Georgia, and among other things (most of which will turn up in our column in Devon […]