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http://boakandbailey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/breakfast_news_nuggets_red_bacon_butty.pngBefore you head off to the newsagents to spend your pocket money on a*copy of*Whizzer & Chips and a 10p-mix-up, here’s our pick of beer-related reading around the internet from the last week.→ Michael ‘Sour Beers’ Tonsmeire provided a recipe for ‘Alsatian Saison’ (http://www.themadfermentationist.com/2015/04/alsatian-saison-recipe.html)*with a reminder that home brewers have the luxury of taking some pretty effective shortcuts:
To bolster the flavors of the hops and yeast I blended in an entire bottle of*Trimbach Gewurztraminer at kegging. I find this to be a much easier, more consistent, and effective way to introduce wine flavors than soaking oak cubes in wine that are in turn added to the beer.
→*Breandán Kearney at*Belgian Smaak looked at Petrus Aged Pale Ale through the prism of Michael Jackson’s influence (http://www.belgiansmaak.com/petrus-aged-pale-brouwerij-de-brabandere/)… or did he look at Michael Jackson’s influence through the prism of Petrus? Either way, it’s a great read.
→ Bryan ‘Beer Viking’ Betts looked into why hip brewers from overseas are so keen to come to the UK and produce beers for the frankly rather un-hip Wetherspoon chain of pubs (http://blog.beerviking.net/2015/04/what-brings-foreign-brewers-to-work-for.html).
→ Michael Lewis’s grumpy summary of the state of US craft beer for a local newspaper (http://www.davisenterprise.com/arts/point-of-brew-its-time-to-educate-the-throngs-of-craft-brewers/) (via @BeaumontDrinks (https://twitter.com/BeaumontDrinks/status/591261563371270144)) is an entertaining read:
I referred to brewing as a profession; she thought that a silly term to describe brewers whom she characterized as hairy and with shabby shoes whose greatest claim to fame was a prize at the county fair for their home-brew. This turned out to be a fair description of many of the 11,000 attendees at the [Craft Brewers’ Conference]…*And that’s the problem with this extraordinary expansion of the craft industry: the need for brewers has vastly outstripped the available supply of those who actually know what they are doing…
→ Stan Hieronymus reported that hop extracts are now available via the Amazon web store (http://appellationbeer.com/blog/hop-extracts-available-at-amazon/) and took the opportunity to remind us that some of the world’s most highly-regarded beers rely on*these once taboo products to achieve their zing.
→ The Campaign for Real Ale annual general meeting passed several ‘progressive motions’ last weekend: here’s their press release (http://www.camra.org.uk/press-releases/-/asset_publisher/R16Ta0pf6w5B/content/let-s-get-behind-the-beer-industry-camra-members-vote-for-a-more-inclusive-campaign)*and (just in case you missed our link to it earlier in the week)*Tandleman’s commentary, with discussion (http://tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/not-such-dinosaurs-after-all.html).
→*For completeness, even though it’s rather a dry back-end-functions story despite all the whooping: BrewDog has launched another wave of fund-raising, and is opening a hotel (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11554694/Brewdog-to-launch-beer-hotel-with-booze-on-draught-in-bedrooms.html).*(Telegraph.)
→*We enjoyed*this, via @robsterowski:

Beer Festival Bingo's back with cards on bars at @PaisleyBeerFest (https://twitter.com/PaisleyBeerFest) Got a 'ticker' already #2015pbf (https://twitter.com/hashtag/2015pbf?src=hash) #beerfestbingo (https://twitter.com/hashtag/beerfestbingo?src=hash) pic.twitter.com/7GxcstvR25 (http://t.co/7GxcstvR25)
— Tom Holmes (@thetombie) April 24, 2015 (https://twitter.com/thetombie/status/591660083995607040)

→ And also this from Evan Rail:

In the Czech Republic, five ways of tapping beer. How's YOUR beer culture? pic.twitter.com/HBT74hGlxQ (http://t.co/HBT74hGlxQ)
— Evan Rail (@evanrail) April 24, 2015 (https://twitter.com/evanrail/status/591611318614028288)

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