Yesterday I read this article about Jim Koch and The Boston Beer Company and it really pissed me off. If it weren’t for Jim Koch and the company he founded, I’m sure the craft beer revolution would look much different. Koch has spent the past 30 years battling the corporate beer giants—Budweiser, Miller, and Coors and without his efforts many small breweries wouldn’t have a market today.
While contemplating my response, I came across this article entitled, “Sam Adams and Why We Need To Stop Listening to Hipsters”. After reading Vinny’s response and agreeing with many of his points, I do not feel the need to post about it here. I’ll simply recommend you read both articles. Then remember, Craft beer – including Sam Adams – is awesome. Go taste something you haven’t had before and find what YOU like. Look for rich, well-balanced, good tasting beer. Decide what is best for you. Don’t let some hipster douchebag dictate your tastes — I’ve seen some of those assholes drinking PBR just because it was ironic so what the fuck do they know about taste?
Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, explains how to taste beer with all five senses. To learn more, read the full story at Tasting Table ›
It’s no secret that alcohol is known for having euphoric properties and lust-enhancing effects. But, when it comes to lust-inducing beverages, craft beer is king. This is due to its ability to be infused with additional aphrodisiacs like chocolate, oysters and chili peppers. So skip the Champagne this Valentine’s Day and seduce the object of your affection with one of the suggestions over at CraftBeer.com. http://www.craftbeer.com/craft-beer-muses/find-love-with-craft-beer-aphrodisiacs
The 8th Annual New England Regional Homebrew Competition is slated for Saturday October 19th in Nashua NH. This is a BJCP sanctioned competition whose proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society; for the past two years over $6000 has been donated!
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals and prizes will be awarded in all 28 BJCP categories, including beer, mead, and cider. Prizes will also be awarded to the Brewer of the Year, Mead Maker of the Year, Cider Maker of the Year, and overall Best of Show from all 28 BJCP categories. This is a 2x12oz bottle competition.
The entry window will open on Friday September 13th. Like last year they are capping the number of entries to 450 and the entry fee is $7.
NEW FOR THIS YEAR — entry payments will only be accepted via PayPal. Once payments are received for 450 entries, the link to register new entries will be disabled. Entries that “sneak in” after the 450-entry cap will be refunded. Also like last year, entries are expected to reach the cap in a matter of a few days, so it is strongly advised you pay for your entry as soon as you register.
The website is being updated, but the rules from last year remain unchanged and many returning sponsors have been lined up; the direct shipping address for entries is also the same. For more information please check-out bfd.org/nerhbc, and good luck. Cheers!
If you’ve been thinking about getting into the hobby now’s your chance. Learn to Homebrew Day is one of the best ways to teach or learn, depending on your experience level. This year’s event takes place Saturday, November 2. If you, your club, local homebrew shop or favorite brewery is hosting an event, you can register online to let everyone know. And, if you are just trying to find the right place to celebrate, check out the event list.
I feel like I’ve just heard Cliff Clavin explain the The Buffalo Theory. According to a study by American and British researchers, smarter people tend to drink “more frequently and in greater quantities” than their duller, drier peers. That’s all I need to hear. Combine this news with the fact that beer is better for you than running long distances and I’m convinced that I’ll live a long, smart, healthy life!