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.
Beers have a discursive role in our cultural system. Let’s read them with all of our critical faculties.
Why do we defend beer that is economically unjustifiable and the product of unsustainable late-cycle excess?
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.
Despite its name, most businesses in the craft beer industry are differentiated less by their products or manufacturing processes and more by their brand identities.
Showcasing almost 800 beers from 100 breweries, the MBCC invites us to mash, sparge, boil and ferment its wealth of statistics to see what flavour comes out the other side.
An encounter with Mark Tranter, founder of the Saison-specialist Burning Sky Brewery, coincides with a homebrewed Grisette, inspiring some reflections on these rough-and-ready, Belgian workers’ ales.
CAMRA's important AGM re-asserted its mission as a campaign for "real ale", but did it also damagingly entrench itself as a campaign against quality keg-dispensed beer?
A new study says we can drink a pint of beer a day with no extra risk of early death. But implicitly it also asks, is adding an extra pint per day worth foregoing two years of life?