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It’s Saturday, so here’s a gurt load of links for ‘ee.→ Jack Highberger doesn’t hate pumpkin beers, and he tasted a lot of them to come up with his Pumpkin Beer Flavor Map (http://jackaround.net/2014/11/pumpkinpalooza/). An interesting exercise we’re tempted to imitate with another niche style.
→ Saved to Pocket (that is, we haven’t read it yet) this week is Jim Vorel’s piece for*Paste*magazine on Anheuser-Busch’s pilot brewery (http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/11/the-belly-of-the-beast-a-trip-to-anheusers-researc.html). There is a judgement suggested in the title: ‘The Belly of the Beast’.
→ Martyn Cornell has published a transcript of a talk he gave in Copenhagen on ‘place-based beer (http://zythophile.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/place-based-beer-a-world-wide-local-movement/)‘. This is a topic we’ve been thinking about a lot recently — what would be in a really Cornish ale, as opposed to an English-style ale that just happens to be brewed in Cornwall?
→ And the opposite of beers from a place:

So, I go to Barcelona, to find the top-rated bars have the same beers as in Oslo. And Riga. And … pic.twitter.com/0YGJjBY9Vb (http://t.co/0YGJjBY9Vb)
— Lars Marius Garshol (@larsga) November 19, 2014 (https://twitter.com/larsga/status/535151150417588226)

→ Stan Hieronymus knows about hops so his comments on the espresso-style Randall-esque hop infuser recently launched in the UK (http://appellationbeer.com/blog/are-we-there-yet-beer-personalized-to-your-own-hoppy-tastes/) are especially interesting:
In addition, yeast becomes a key player in dry hopping, because of the biotransformations that occur when yeast and hop hang out together — another area where much more research is needed. Those aren’t going to occur in the seconds it takes beer to pass through the “Hoppier.”
→ We can’t possibly know whether the motives are cynical or pure, but Left Hand Brewing’s response to a trademark dispute (https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141112/06024629112/about-face-left-hand-brewing-abandons-attempt-to-trademark-nitro-invites-other-breweries-to-their-nitro-fest-instead.shtml) is a great example of how to turn bad PR to your advantage.
→ The big news of the week has been the success of the Fair Deal 4 Your Local campaign in getting the government to make it compulsory for pub companies to offer tenants the right to pay a market rent for their pubs and thus remove themselves from the obligation to buy from a limited range of beer at an inflated price. Jeff ‘Stonch’ Bell wrote an off-the-cuff response (http://stonch.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/mps-have-voted-for-market-rent-option.html)which struck us as perceptive and balanced, and Pete Brown’s thoughts (http://petebrown.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/some-reflections-on-pubco-reform.html) are also worth a read.
→ And if you’re in London, why not come and say hello at Tap East this afternoon? We’ll be signing books, having a few beers, and chatting from 2-4 pm (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/11/brew-britannia-signing-london-22112014/).
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