A Saison controversy reminds us that there is a difference between oral history and oral tradition, that there is power in both induction and deduction, and that absence of evidence is not always evidence of absence.
The collaboration beer is a novel solution for marketing and distribution at scale―a challenge that used to necessitate ruthless consolidation.
My first attempt at a fruit beer had me grappling with a mathematical formula and a lot of questions.
Beers have a discursive role in our cultural system. Let’s read them with all of our critical faculties.
If you stumble blindly and incompetently into your brewing masterpiece, will you ever be able to revisit that triumph?
Why do we defend beer that is economically unjustifiable and the product of unsustainable late-cycle excess?
A mere three years and three kilometres separates Cornwall’s Rebel and Verdant Brewing Companies, but their fortunes have been continents apart.
This summer, England got its first certified Trappist ale. While not yet perfect, it already shows signs that it will honour Belgian abbey ale traditions in an authentically English accent – confident in its own quiet authority.
A coffee-bean stout saw me put two new bits of kit from Speidel to work: the Kellermeister conical fermenter and the Braumeister stainless steel wort chiller.
Why Au Poêle de la Bête in Toulouse might just be one of the best beer bars in the world.