A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
16 February - 1 March 2014
2014 Virginia Governor’s Cup winners announced. Top spot taken by Williamsburg Winery for its red blend, Adagio 2010. Via Virginia Wine Time. More, via Dave McIntyre at Washington Post.
A history of brewing in the city of Richmond, Virginia. Via RVA Mag.
Wine experts disagree over the quality and raison d'etre of high alcohol, highly 'extracted' wines vs. low alcohol 'restrained wines. Robert Parker vs. Jon Bonné. Via Terroirist Blog.
Sherry is not only sweet. It is vinified dry, salty, fruity, and rich. Fino, manzanilla, amontillado, palo cortado, oloroso. Via Dave McIntyre of Washington Post.
Forbes Magazine selects Virginia as one of "Six Exciting Wine Regions to Explore in 2014."
Incroyable! Paris, France —better known for wine— will host its first ever Beer Week, May 24 to June 1, 2014. Via France Today.
San Diego brewer argues against existence of a looming craft beer 'bubble,' at least not in near future. Via Voice of San Diego.
Virginia legislature has created a farm-brewery classification: a brewery located on a farm using a proportion of ingredients grown on that farm for brewing beer. Via YFGF.
Counting every operating brewery plant, and all permits for soon-to-open breweries, the Beer Institute found 3,699 breweries in U.S., at close of 2013. Via Brookston Beer Bulletin.
What is net neutrality, why you should care about it, and why it may be too late. Comcast’s deal with Netflix. Via Washington Post.
California drought causing brewers to face major water shortage, impacting their beer. Via NPR.
Winter's effect on grape vines worrying U.S. wine makers. Severe cold in east; severe drought in California. Via Dave McIntyre of Washington Post.
New documentary on Baltimore brewing history —Brew Baltimore— to be released in March.