A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
27 April - 10 May 2014
Taxes, not taxonomy: 121 years ago on 10 May 1893, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a tariff decision, in Nix v. Hedden, declaring the tomato to be a vegetable, not the fruit that it actually is. Via Wikipedia.
A new National Climate Assessment from the U.S. government states that the impact from global warming is already being felt, and will worsen. "More sea-level rise, flooding, storm surges, precipitation and heat waves in the Northeast; frequent water shortages and hurricanes in the Southeast and the Caribbean; and more drought and wildfires in the Southwest." The Cato Institute countered that the assessment was “biased toward pessimism” and meant to justify “federal regulation aimed towards mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.” Via Washington Post.
Small breweries are creating beers infused with gin botanicals, and beers aged in gin barrels. Via Daniel Fromson in Washington Post Food.
Garrett Oliver, brewmaster for Brooklyn Brewing Company, wins a 2014 James Beard Award, a first for beer. Via YFGF.
A group of German winemakers are promoting the concept of "slow wine": wines showing regional identity, with artisanal methods, and an ecological mindset, following agreed-upon methods of "green' winemaking. Via Schiller-Wine.
Cinco de Mayo: a story of France, Austria, and Mexico, but not of Mexican Independence Day. The biggest Mexican holiday not celebrated much in Mexico. Via Long Beach Post.
Is craft beer becoming a luxury item? Are some craft beers positioning themselves as luxury items? Via Tom Rotunno.
Pete Coors —chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and of MillerCoors— is "baffled about trends that show more expensive craft beer market growing by about 7%", while "the light premium beer market staying flat and the economy beer market with brands such as Pabst Blue Ribbon and Keystone dropping by 7 percent or even into double figures." Via Denver Post.
Looming barrel shortage may hurt small distilleries and 'craft' breweries. Via Insider Louisville.
Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing: “Beer is best consumed fresh. We work hard to build great flavors in all of our beers—especially hop flavor—but that complex and vibrant character can fade over time. We want our fans to taste our beer like it was meant to be tasted—full of the bold flavor and aroma of fresh malt and whole-cone hops.” Via Craft Brewing Business.
Kurt and Rob Widmer of Widmer Brewing on the industry politics of the defining 'craft beer', and how breweries such as Widmer were excluded from that definition. Via The Street.
Florida State Senator Kelli Stargel compares craft brewers to children, herself to a parent, in their attempt for self-distribution. Via Barb Wire.
The dimpled, handled imperial pint glass is making a return in the U.K. "Butt ugly," says beer writer Melissa Cole. Via BBC News.
Quality hops may be difficult to grow in Mid-Atlantic, due to weather, and susceptibility to diseases such as powdered mildew, says agriculture agent at the University of Maryland Westminster Extension office. Via Carroll County Times.
Happy 115th birthday, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, born 29 April 1899. www.dukeellington.com
Different whiskies taste better at different proofs. Via Washington Post Food.
Renowned 'character' actor British Bob Hoskins dies at age 71. Via CNN.