Tuesday, January 15, 2008

News and Notes around the beer world

- An update from Southern Star Brewing, Texas's newest craft brewery. They are a little behind schedule, but they've got their malt and hops on site. They need to complete the boiler room, get their city inspections performed. Hopefully, they'll start brewing in the next month or so. I can't wait as I'm really excited about a new brewery in Texas and what they are trying to do. I'm hoping to go up and see the brewery as soon as possible.

- The New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov covers beer. This week he wrote on extreme beer, however its more of an article on Double IPA's instead of a broad thesis on what is extreme beer. Its a good article, so please check it out, but I think by narrowing his focus so much he cheats his readers a little.

- Published a couple of weeks ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting on it, but Lew Byson writes on 'Malt Disneyland' for Conde Nest Magazine (published on MSNBC's website). A very good read on traveling to Belgium and experiencing their great beer culture. It made me miss being over in Germany and being able to get to Brussels with ease.

- Finally there is this article in the San Francisco Chronicle about Franconian beers. A good article over all about the diverse beers that come from this area of Germany. I've actually had the pleasure of tasting some of these.

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