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Seven days is too long without you, baby!Here’s our weekly round-up of links from around the Blogoshire and beyond.
→ This post from Pete Drinks is thought-provoking (http://www.petedrinks.com/2014/08/on-ageing-condition-and-best-before/): when he found beers from a brewery underwhelming, they contacted him to explain that it was a result of over-optimistic ‘best before’ dates — a commercial necessity, it seems. But, as Pete observes, “not every punter that drinks one of their beers after it’s past its best will write a blog about it and get to understand what went wrong“.
→ Craig Gravina at DrinkDrank gave*a blunt state of the nation address with regard to ‘craft beer (http://www.drinkdrank1.com/2014/07/the-state-of-beer-as-i-see-it.html)‘:
First, I think a change is coming. Is it a bubble? Maybe, maybe not, and whatever is going to happen, isn’t going to happen over night. But I think we’re moving into the breaking zone—kinda like when the phrase “fo shizzle my nizzle” became common in upper class, white suburban neighborhoods.
→ Carla Jean Lauter (aka Beer Babe) has written a chunky piece for Medium.com about the unstoppable march of India Pale Ale (IPA) across the US (https://medium.com/@beerbabe/the-new-home-of-ipas-64c6801a9718), arguing that the best examples are now being brewed on the*East Coast. She backs this assertion up with the best data at hand, from beer rating sites. Interesting stuff, even for those of us who’ve never crossed the Atlantic.
→ While we’re considering the geography and culture of a country we’ve never visited, here’s Jeff Alworth on why Idaho isn’t a great beer state, while*Washington and California are (http://beervana.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/what-idaho-can-teach-us-about-beer.html).
→ As yet unread, but saved to Pocket, archaeologists*Billy Quinn and Declan Moore explore whether a particular type of Irish field monument might not actually be the worlds earliest breweries (http://www.mooregroup.ie/2007/10/the-archaeology-ireland-article/). (Via @craigheap (http://twitter.com/craigheap))
→ Clive Martin of Vice writes explores*the gentrification of London through a crawl of its pubs and bars (http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-great-british-gentrified-pub-crawl). The blokey, less-gentrified-than-thou tone wears a bit thin, but he makes some good points. (Via @roryelsome (http://twitter.com/roryelsome))
→ It’s not often beer plays a part in international affairs, but this Russian lager commercial starring David Duchovny (http:// http://entertainthis.usatoday.com/2014/07/29/david-duchovnys-russian-beer-ad-isnt-going-over-well/) has arrived at an inopportune moment.
→ Isn’t this pretty?

Bleeding Wolf, Scholar Green, Cheshire http://t.co/3jfuzS9u0m pic.twitter.com/hCuj5odzaT (http://t.co/hCuj5odzaT)
— natalie ainscough (@natainscough) August 1, 2014 (https://twitter.com/natainscough/statuses/495120190968188928)

→ And, finally, a couple of Brew Britannia reviews, from The Barley Blog (http://www.thebarleyblog.com/2014/book-review-brew-britannia-strange-rebirth-british-beer/) and Glen Humphries (http://beerisyourfriend.org/2014/07/30/brew-britannia-a-great-story/).
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