Understanding the basics of sours means understanding Brettanomyces. I’ve seen multiple pronunciation descriptors, but generally hear breh-tah-no-MY-sees. This particular resilient yeast strain, Lauren Salazar said, is the bridge between beer and wine. (Brett can come out in certain wines, especially red, and at certain levels it gives a distinct taste that can be pleasing albeit acquired. But too much and it causes faces to squish and glasses to be pushed aside.)

via Beer 101: A look at Brettanomyces in sour beers | cleveland.com.

Beer 101: A look at Brettanomyces in sour beers | cleveland.com

“Uniquely, sahti production involves branches (and sometimes berries) of juniper, which adda spice flavour to the brew and have an antimicrobial effect. These branches lie on a filter bed composed of straw (rye typically) at thebottom of akuurna(a trough-shaped, aspen-hewnvessel) through which the sahti wort is filtered. The first wort prepared is the strongest and may be collected separately to the later wort. The weaker, sugar-poor wort was traditionally reserved for preparationof a mild table beer,while the stronger wort was used to ferment the full-strength sahti normally containing 7-8 % alcohol.Another unique feature of the process is the use of baker’s yeast, rather than brewing yeast, to carry out fermentation(3).”
Physicochemical characterization of sahti, an ‘ancient’ beer style indigenous to Finland (pre-print copy) – ResearchGate.


Sahti, an ‘ancient’ beer style indigenous to Finland

The bottle of Allsopp’s Arctic Ale, which was discovered in a box in a garage in Gobowen, Shropshire, had been commissioned to accompany an expedition to the north pole, led by Sir George Nares in 1875.

The attempt was unsuccessful, however the crew was able to map the coastlines of Greenland and Ellesmere Island, earning Nares the title of the first explorer to navigate through both land masses. The channel was later named Nares Strait in his honour.

Brewed in Burton-upon-Trent, the bottle was expected to reach £600 at the auction at Trevanion & Dean in Whitchurch, however it surpassed expectations by selling for £3,300.

via 140-year-old arctic beer sells for £3k.

140-year-old arctic beer sells for £3k

Why Big Beer is Struggling in the Age of Craft Beer – Forbes

Another significant point that distinguishes winter tea from spring tea, and this is the most important one, is that Winter teas have a more obvious aroma than spring tea thanks to the extreme climate condition and shorter sunshine exposure.  But this benefit does not come without sacrifice, Polyphenols and amino acids, which are the two key points in creating the sweetness and the body for oolong tea, will decrease dramatically in winter.  As a result, winter tea will tend to have a stronger aroma but a slightly thinner body than spring tea.

via A Guide to Appreciating Winter Harvest Oolong Tea from Taiwan – Taiwan Sourcing.

A Guide to Appreciating Winter Harvest Oolong Tea from Taiwan – Taiwan Sourcing

Disrupt Wine Talks: Men, with Felicity Carter – YouTube.

Bottle of 140-year-old Arctic Ale beer auctioned – BBC News

The Manhattan Project

Renowned for his traditional lambic production at Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium, Jean Van Roy found inspiration during a blind wine tasting a few years ago, prompting him to take his brewing a few thousand years further back in time.

Some of the Italian wines he sampled had been matured in amphorae, ceramic fermentation vessels dating back to the Neolithic period, and Van Roy was intrigued by the complexity and minerality imparted by the ancient technique. Naturally porous like the wooden barrels more commonly used in aging beer, amphorae provide a place for bacteria to reside while allowing micro-oxygenation to occur. Unlike wooden barrels, amphorae do not contribute tannins or resins into the finished product, but instead offer an earthy mineral character and robust mouthfeel, which winemakers have been harnessing for years.

via Amphora-Aged Beers: The Next Small Thing?.

Amphora-Aged Beers: The Next Small Thing?

John Oliver – Bud Light – YouTube.