- Risotto sans viande mais avec la biere
- #32 was one of my gateway beers
- Our trip to Healesville microbreweries
This week is Queensland Beer Week – or “Great Beer Week” or “Craft Beer Week” depending on who you ask and where you are – which is pretty cool for those of us based in the Sunshine State. I’m still nailing down which activities I’m going to but there’s a boozey week in the offing. Of course, we’ll be doing our best to cover the action in our upcoming posts.
Here are the other highlights from last week:
- Gambling on finding good beer in Macau – Zythophile
- Ban booze or make it boring? – Macrobusiness
- Butt, Seriously: Spiegelau’s IPA glass – Bibulous Me
- European Beer Bloggers Conference – ale.gd
- Synthetic Yeast – Brookston Beer Bulletin
- A new call for low ABV beers – The Good Stuff
- East 9th brewing small batches – The Shout
- Barleywine/Bitter Parti-Gyle – It’s Not Just the Alcohol Talking
- Beer Enhancer – Beer Search Party
- Session #78 announcement – beer bar band
- A few more thoughts on the craft beer bubble – A Good Beer Blog
- Long Live the King? Hops, IPAs and Beer Business – This is Why I’m Drunk
A note on the craft beer “bubble” (something I want to elaborate on another time, after a bit more research) – nothing I’ve read has presented sufficient data to be able to draw the conclusion that there is a bubble in the craft beer market. Firstly, no one ever explains which asset is in a bubble: is it the price of beers, breweries, brewers? Secondly, an economic bubble is created by speculative mania where assets prices are divorced from their economic fundamentals, which doesn’t describe anything we’re seeing. From the data provided (limited to the rapid growth in the number of breweries, which doesn’t tell you much), we are seeing a saturation of craft beer offerings. A saturated market and a bubble have entirely different economic outcomes and it is erroneous to conflate the two.
In other news, developing Brisbane’s Circular Quay; the dang gummint interfering in the production of sultanas; if you add up all the lost productivity surveys, the economy would be wiped out; and settling big mysteries.