On the serving side, I’m always aghast when I’m served a flavorful craft beer in a frozen mug, which mutes the flavor and aroma. Why? Why? Why? Bars think they’re doing drinkers a solid, but it’s really a disservice. Also, I always need to remind drinkers that a little head on their draft beer is, in fact, a very good thing. The head captures a beer’s volatile aromas, providing a better snapshot of the beer’s flavor. Remember: up to 90 percent of flavor is due to our sense of smell. (via Interview: Joshua M Bernstein Looks Back at 2013, Discusses Favorite Beer Trends, More)
I put together a list of gifts for the beer lover in your life. Or buy them for yourself, I won’t tell! (via Beer Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide of Actual Stuff Worth Giving)
The new tap handles for Coney Island Brewing Company are pretty sweet. That, PLUS MORE, in today’s LINK FLIGHT. (via Beer Foam Volcanos, Coney Island Redesign, Bell’s in NYC, more)
Some links I put together for your Friday enjoyment. (via Link Flight: Braven Brewing Company, NYC Craft Beer Festival, Pumpkin Beer Zine, More)
Today I interview Ben Wiley, one of the founders of The Owl Farm. They recently celebrated their one year anniversary and things are going strong and expansion is in the horizon. (via Interview with Ben Wiley: The Owl Farm in Park Slope Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary)
Are you or someone you know a part of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)? Typically, you are buying a weekly share of fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farmer. Well, Big Alice Brewing, a new brewery in Long Island City, NY, was inspired and have launched a great idea.Big Alice Brewing Offers CSA-Inspired Beer Subscription Service
For the last two days, there has been a back-and-forth of press releases and social media attacks between two brewers: West Sixth of Lexington, Kentucky (whose logo is pictured on the left), and formerly-craft-now-crafty brewer Magic Hat, once of Vermont and now a brand owned by North American Breweries, which itself is owned by Cerveceria Costa Rica (whose logo for their beer #9 is pictured on the right).
The long and short of it: West Sixth claims that rather than work in good faith to resolve a despite amicably over the similarity of their logos, Magic Hat lawyered up and filed suit against the small brewer. West Sixth was upset, and expressed their discontent publicly in a microsite they created (which crashed under the weight of its own popularity yesterday). The site called for a boycott and encouraged the craft beer community to sign a petition urging Magic Hat to drop the suit.
Over on Empty Growler, I wrote about the wonderful Kickstarter campaign by Modern Times Beer. Gotta admit, I am a sucker for their design!
My wife and I volunteered for this last year and it was a great time. Definitely recommended if you love Brooklyn, Beer, or beasts (or all of the above).