Oysters and IPA – Tuatara out of hibenation

One of my favourite beer bloggers to read is Kate Blackhurst who has relocated to the deep south. She cordially admits the Arrow Brewing Company was one of the reasons they selected Arrowtown as their new home. This meant she had a first-hand look (and taste) of ABC’s IPA Project 2010 and the accompanying oysters. Her post is called “Oysters and IPA“:

It’s not quite a passage to India, but the Foveaux Strait has challenges of its own and the barrel was hoisted onto an oyster boat to endure a mini sea journey, accompanied by brewers Darryl and John keeping a close eye on their precious cargo. They also kept out of the way of the oyster catchers (Marina Fish and Oysters of Invercargill) who were working hard to provide everyone with a little (shell)fishy when the boat comes in.

The Tuatara Breweries blog is showing signs of life with a new post up and the promise of weekly updates. The post is called “A new beginning for the ‘Its all About the Beer’ Blog“:

This past week there was some big news at the brewery.

Beer Haiku Friday followed by Blog, Tweet, Repeat

In honour of Veterans Day, Beer Haiku Daily posted “Gratitude“:

Many raised glasses
Greeted the young veterans
Entering the bar

There is something quite post-modern about blogging and tweeting about blogging and tweeting. This week’s Malthouse blog covers the beer industry using social media, how I personally determine when technology has gone mainstream, an exclusive guest commentary from British writer Melissa Cole, scientific proof most messages on Twitter are pointless, Ashton Kutcher (also on Twitter and pointless) and the debut of @malthousewizard and his free beer. It is all in “Blog, Tweet, Repeat“:

British beer writer Melissa Cole is the author of the popular and entertaining blog ‘Taking the beard out of beer’. She is a Member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and has been described as “the thinking man’s drinking crumpet”. *

* Well, she has now.

Glass Tips – Our patriotic chums at Beer Haiku Daily and that Handsome Scotsman at Malthouse

Rugby and racing – Beer and brand disloyalty

Last week’s Malthouse blog covered burgers, brocolli, the Lucky brewery debacle, the three greatest Canadians of all time, “Spiderman” Emerson and Chimay White. It was called “A spirited defence of brand loyalty“:

We would tend to portray the person who eats only corporate burgers and fries as unsophisticated, a little odd and probably quite large. However, the person who drinks nothing but – say – Heineken is seen as a loyal and informed drinker. I simply cannot express the absurdity of this notion any better than noted beer writer and my third favourite Canadian Stephen Beaumont…

In “Rugby, racing and beer“, I take at looking at the baffling appeal of the Melbourne Cup, the cultural theft of Phar Lap, the attempted shooting of Phar Lap, the alledged similarities between American lager and horse by-products, West Coast humour at the expense of DB and Monteith’s Summer Ale:

At 5pm today, millions of otherwise normal and usually horse-racing agnostic Australians and New Zealanders will stop what they are doing, turn on the television, put a silly hat on their head, throw buckets of cash at the TAB and cheer wildly for a large four-legged animal who, yesterday, they had never heard of.

Glass Tip – Malthouse Blog

Beer Haiku Monday and the People’s Blog Part Deux

While the seasons are wrong for this hemisphere, the poem still resonates. It is called “Winterizing“:

Taking the sails down
could go quicker without beer
but what fun is that

Over at Malthouse blog, the popular People’s blog returns with two more guest columnists and some considered reflections on bloggers and blogging. It is titled “The People’s Blog Part Deux“:

Ten years later, even hardened net geeks are giving up on trying to figure out how many blogs there really are. The answer is well over 100 million, almost certainly a lot, lot more. Blogging is not just for pyjama-clad Generation Xer’s who live in their parents basement anymore (though they are certainly still well represented on-line.) Now, rock stars blog. Beer writers blog. Businesses blog. Scientists blog. Even politicians blog.

Glass Tips – Beer Haiku Daily and Malthouse Blog

Beer Haiku Friday and Beervana Blogs

It is a busy time for beer tastings at the moment so this Haiku seemed particularly apt. It is called “Flavor“:

That sublime moment
When someone realizes
Beer’s about flavor

Beervana is over for another year but already the planning for 2010 has begun (seriously, the first meeting was this week). It seems timely, well – overdue really – to have a look at what some of the blogs had to say.

I always enjoy Kate Blackhurst’s perspective over at Kate’s Blog. She has done two posts titled “Beervana Tasting Notes Part One” and “Beervana 2009 Tasting Notes Part Two“:

We hear that Epic have sold out of their Armageddon IPA anyway. When we mention this to another brewer, however, he just laughs that is exactly the sort of rumour Luke would put about to create more demand. There’s still some on at The Malthouse anyway and we have a couple of pints later, although we swore we would go straight home after the festival this time.

Over at Brewaucracy, Greig channels his Hamilton roots with a post titled “Smells Like Beervana 2009“:

As Alex will testify, it did lead to a few problems. I’d go looking for a beer, run into a friend, spend 10 minutes talking, then realise what I was supposed to be doing. I’d get back from my sortie to a missing wife, having given up waiting for me and my mouth, and gone searching for beer of her own. Never mind, it was all great fun.

Over at Public Address, Hadyn Green gave his Field Theory on Beervana in “No Draught In Here“:

Brewer Matt Thomson said that they were surprised they had won because they had been (like the Speight’s brewer) concentrating on other beers. I noted to Matt that it was a very malty flavoured beer; he said that it was because of tea-bagging. I caught the spit-take before it happened.

Naturally tea-bagging is the process of planting a muslin bag filled with crushed malt into the boil near the end of the process which creates a stronger malty flavour. It is not anything dirty.

Glass Tip – Those excellent chaps at Beer Haiku Daily

The Late Edition of Beer Haiku Friday and Pouring Beer the Traditional Way

To bring some belated class to this blog, here is a Haiku about Shakespeare and beer entitled “Sorry Bill“:

When suffering slings
To beer, or not to beer? Duh!
What a dumb question

Glass Tip – The good folks at Beer Haiku Daily

The latest installment on the Malthouse blog takes a look at Invercargill Pitch Black and “pouring beer the traditional way“:

New Zealand bars tend to serve their beer at a universally cold temperature as Kiwi drinkers largely expect them to. Our beer almost always has added carbon dioxide to increase the bubbles and, as a rule, New Zealand beer has tended to be on the sweet side by international standards. Customers from the Motherland have been known to frequently point out that even today our beer is too cold, has too much head and is “not like they make at home, by thunder.”

Glass Tip – The Handsome Scotsman Colin Mallon and the Malthouse blog

Beer Haiku Friday and a new Beer Blog

One of the highlights of the sporting year is the Super Bowl but few would have predicted Arizona and Pittsburgh would be fighting out the final. I will be supporting the Cardinals which will probably ensure the Steelers take the win. Still, it will be a great occassion to enjoy with beer and burgers. Captain Hops has written a haiku about it called “Gladiators“:

Battle for glory
In comfort, I watch, amused
Toasting the victors

Glass Tip – Beer Haiku Daily
Daniel Bradford is the publisher of All About Beer magazine. He has started a blog about his year-long bid to become an expert on beer and judge at the Great American Beer Fest. Should be a great read. The blog is called “Bradford on Beer” or BOB.

Beerly Blogging on New Year’s Day

[Delay in appearing thanks entirely to Blogger time out issues…]

Former Mac’s head brewer Colin Paige continues to chronicle his Vietnam adventures with his latest post “Lost in Translation“:

Half the time you’ll still wonder what the hell the translation means.
However as we have been finding out… if you’ve had a particularly humourless day, it may well be worth perusing the “English” menu before making your order with the waiter from the locals’ menu.

From Pete Brown’s excellent blog (officially the second best beer blog in Britain), Pete takes a look back at the past year in a post modestly titled “2008: what the blazes was THAT about“:

MY PERSONAL BEER LOW POINT OF THE YEAR
Winner: Having a very exciting meeting with a development producer from ITV where we agreed in principle to develop an idea for a series that would see me going around Britain investigating different regional beer styles and stories. Then reading THE NEXT DAY the announcement that Oz Clarke and James May were filming the same idea.

Beer Blogs

My second Malthouse blog is now up and is titled “From the Ivory Tower to the Brew House.” It covers Croucher The Hef and Three Boys Wheat:

Brewers are, on the whole, remarkable creatures. From just toasted grain, the flower of a vine, ordinary water and a single-celled organism, they can produce delicious, sweet, life-giving beer. Given those same ingredients, most people would end up with soggy muesli which smelt of wet grass and tasted vaguely like bathroom mould. Or worse – Mash beer.

Also on his second post, Mr Colin Paige, former head brewer at Mac’s, is blogging about his mission to establish a brewery in Saigon. His blog is called Colin Paige in South East Asia:

Of course, getting into the Bia Hoi! (Bia Hoi is the cheap locally produced, unfiltered and unpasteurised beer – most of it is OK, not going to win any awards, and occasionally some diacetyl issues, However the dispense is usually an unpressurized keg with a hose and a womans hand over the end of it, holding beer in with her thumb until someone makes an order) Found a great place about 100m from Apocalypse Now (Saigon CBD) , night Club, that has a fixed rent and so can still offer 2 litres of beer for 16,000 VND, or about NZ$1.20.

Finally, one of my favourite beer writers, Pete Brown, has a blog with many more than two posts. His new book is called Hops and Glory and is due out next year:

This book has ruled my life for two years – I was heavily into it by the time I first started blogging. I can’t wait to get the bastard finished and unleashed on the world. I’ve finished the first draft and it’s now with my editor, but it’s far too long and we’re going to have to cut about a third of it out – expect lots of IPA-themed blog entries to appear on here as they’re slashed from the book (a process Steven King refers to as ‘killing your babies’).

Beer Haiku Friday – One Man’s Fight

Captain Hops has written about a blogger battling some of America’s most stupid liquor laws. The haiku is called One Man’s Fight:

With stubborn reason
He tackles hypocrisy,
politics, and greed.

Glass Tip – Beer Haiku Daily

If you added in humor and a priceless quest to find the pub Bodie drank at in the Professionals, these words would also be a great description of Pete Brown’s excellent blog. Pete is the author of “Man walks into a pub” – one of my favorite books about beer.

Glass Tip – Me!