Having the Discussion

The beer world is a largely masculine one, populated by a majority of men, operating under the rules of men. Sexual harassment is an issue that has touched nearly every workplace in the country, so it seems unlikely the beer world is exempt.

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Book Week: Pete Brown's Miracle Brew

The book is a ramble through the recent adventures of Pete Brown, probably the most entertaining beer writer working today. In each chapter, he's off to the Žatec hop fields, or getting trapped in a cellar in Munich during a shooting, or standing in a field where the seeds for Maris Otter barley come from.

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No One Makes "CBA" Beer

People who follow beer closely are paying ever more attention to the business side of things; which company bought which brewery, which legacy brewery is down 6% in a quarter. But that gives us only one narrow data point. It's not wrong. But it may not be exactly right, either.

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A Monastic Brewery Rises in Mt Angel

on November 11th, volunteers and monks of Mt Angel Abbey helped erect a timber frame building that will house the new monastic brewery. Monks have overseen this project, led the development of the beers, and will be the ones brewing the beer when the brewhouse goes online in early 2018.

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The Sources of My Gratitude

For a writer--well, for me, anyway--the worst outcome is not that people will hate a book (though that's certainly not a good result), but that they won't read it at all. The death of a writer comes not at the hands of an angry public, but an indifferent one.

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The Da Vinci Effect

People don't trust their own judgment. Given an object stripped of all information and context, they rarely know what its value is. They instinctively look for clues, hoping to suss out some extrinsic guide to its intrinsic value.

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Vignette 24, George Howell (Belhaven)

I visited Belhaven in Dunbar, Scotland in 2011, at the tail end of George Howell's career there. Like all of the old-school British brewers, he was well-dressed and courtly. He had been head brewer--what the Brits call their brewmasters--for a decade and a half at that point.

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A Commons Goodbye

It's a surreal experience to visit one of the country's best breweries, see a gathering of their biggest fans, order glass of truly superb beer, and amid all the jollity know that it was all ending. (The Anderlecht wild ale was a revelation; Galaxy Myrtle was vibrantly fresh; and of course Urban Farmhouse and Flemish Kiss, my final two beers at the old place, were Urban Farmhouse and Flemish Kiss.) How could this be?

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