Wow, its been awhile since I've posted anything here. Some ideas have been bouncing around in my noggin, so hopefully Mould's Beer Blog won't join the sea of dead and forgotten beer blogs. A drastic redesign may occur!
So what have I been up to? My main goal in the last month or so has been to drink down the oversupply of beer I have at home. Once I clear that out, I'm going to start some more homebrewing. I've got several kits (smoked porter, warrior double IPA, bourbon dubbel) from the Brooklyn Brew Shop waiting to be brewed!
Thoughts on some hot button issues in beer recently:
American Craft Beer Week: These days you can blindly flip through the pages of a calendar, point to a week, and it will be the craft beer week of a city in the United States. From May 12-18, the Brewers Association (the trade group for American brewers) wants everyone to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. They even have a website with ideas on how you can celebrate.
My thoughts? All these craft beer weeks are a little silly, especially in areas where "boutique" beers are already popular and selling well (e.g. San Diego, Philadelphia). These beer weeks are often pinnacled with rare (often one-off) tappings, tap takeovers and beer celebrity appearances. HOWEVER, the public seems to soak it up and love it, and may increase business in areas where microbrewed beer is still in its infancy.
The Variety of Craft Beer: Beer drinkers have more options now than ever. Thousands of different IPAs, a plethora of porters and a barrage of Belgians. Thanks to 18-wheelers, boats and planes we can have beers that were brewed in California, Alaska, Sweden, Japan and Australia. And if you don't get the beers you want near you, just log onto The Beer Exchange or Talk Beer and you'll be able to find someone to trade with who is ISO something you may have.
My thoughts? The insane variety of craft beer is all well and good, but I'm getting to the point where I don't need to try every IPA or bourbon barrel aged ale out there. Plus, why would I want to buy an IPA or tripel that's been trucked across Rockies and the Mississippi River when there are plenty of superb beers that are brewed within 100 miles of me? In the future, I plan on trying to drink local or homebrew as much as possible!
Here's what I've been drinking, via my Instagram feed!