The Friday Link Roundup – Post City and liquor edition

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I drink things other than beer.

And sometimes I get to write about those things.

David Ort, who, in addition to being a blogger and a cookbook author, is also an editor for Post City magazine, has actually been letting me write occasional non-beer posts for his employer for the last few years, and it’s served as a pretty great way for me to try to learn a bit more about certain categories of alcohol and then try to share my findings and tasting notes with an audience. And let’s be honest, it’s also proved a pretty good way to get the occasional bottle of something interesting and strong sent to the house.

As I grapple with another one of these sporadic musings on spirits (Cognac! Coming soon), I thought it might be a good occasion to revive the near-dead Friday Link Roundup, a feature I’ve been neglecting wherein Ben’s Beer Blog used to lazily point you to other beery things worth reading on the interwebs. For this resurrecting installment, I’ve put together list of some of my Post City musings so that I might inspire your non-beer drinking this weekend.

Cheers.

wildturkey81-601392bb Sometimes enjoying whiskey can feel overwhelming: On Wild Turkey 81.
torontodistillgin-ee0e8234 In Spirit: On J.R.’s Dry Organic Canadian Gin by the Toronto Distillery Company.
casamigosanejo-9a9c12a7 Time to trade-up your tequila: On Casamigos Añejo
wisershopped-ea557631 Bringing the characteristics of beer to a bottle of whisky: On JP Wiser’s new Hopped whisky

 

The Friday Link Roundup 28.11.14

UntitledThe Friday Link Roundup is a feature wherein Ben’s Beer Blog lazily points you to other beery things worth reading on the interwebs this week.

 Bourbon County Stout Leading up to its annual post-US-Thanksgiving release, read about Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island, the folks who invented bourbon-barrel aged beer, via Esquire

 

 Beer tree
Quartz has a really interesting family tree graphic illustrating the fact that the world’s 10 largest brewers produce 65% of the world’s beer.  
Bud An article in The Atlantic details Budweiser’s eroding market share, including the tidbit that “44 percent of people aged 21 to 27 have apparently never sipped an ice cold Bud
 Mini bar
 Also via Esquire, one man’s noble quest to eat and drink the entire contents of a hotel minibar.

 

 

 

The Friday Link Roundup 09.26.14

UntitledThe Friday Link Roundup is a semi-regular feature wherein Ben’s Beer Blog lazily points you to other beery things worth reading on the interwebs this week.

Mergers On brewing industry mergers and the vaguely scary future of global beer consolidation via The New York Times
 Mexico
Evil Twin Brewery’s Jeppe Jarnit-Bjegsø has a dispatch from Mexico for Vice to explain why craft beer there is exploding. 
beer tree For anyone who’s spouse won’t let them homebrew because of the ugly jugs, this might be the world’s most visually interesting homebrew kit. 
 rv
Draft Magazine introduces us to Wild Run Brewing, a craft brewery making good beer in an RV park‘s former game room.
 hangover
Australia’s favourite hangover cure is coming to America via Bloomberg
 Shaker
The Atlantic has a surprisingly interesting (and lengthy) look at the history of the shaker glass.

The Friday Link Roundup 22.08.14

UntitledThe Friday Link Roundup is a feature wherein Ben’s Beer Blog lazily points you to other beery things worth reading on the interwebs this week.

Weird beer From whale bone to moon dust and brain, Cool Material looks at some of the weirdest beers ever made.
 Moody tongue
Former Goose Island brewer, Jared Rouben, just unveiled his new company’s “Moody Tongue,” a pilsner made with shaved truffles that retails for $120 a bottle. 
Baseball beer The Washington Post explores and ranks baseball teams with the best beer. Appropriately Toronto is mentioned exactly zero times.
 Wes Anderson
Paste Magazine asked bartenders to create cocktails based on Wes Anderson movies because why the hell not?
 
Hunter
Lastly, what better way to celebrate the fight for marijuana reform than an elaborate weed-infused dinner at the home of intoxicant-enthusiast and Ben’s Beer Blog spirit animal Hunter S. Thompson? via munchies

 

 

 

The Friday Link Roundup 07.04.14

UntitledThe Friday Link Roundup is a feature wherein Ben’s Beer Blog lazily points you to other writers’ beery things worth reading on the interwebs this week.

Barrel age In addition to beer, folks these days are barrel-aging everything from hot sauce to coffee to mustard and pickles. As a result, according to this article in Modern Farmer we’re actually facing an impending barrel shortage. 
Homebrew Want to really up your homebrewing game? Try the all organic method. This book will teach you how to “brew sustainably by growing ingredients yourself, recycling water, using solar energy, and achieving zero waste.” Pretty fucking ambitious!
Yoga beer In “exercise I can get on board with” news, it’s Detox Retox, a growing trend in yoga classes paired with a post-class beer and often held at a brewery. Sign me up! via The New York Times
Crystal Luxmore And finally, in some shitty local news, Toronto’s best free weekly magazine, The Grid, has closed its doors. Sadly, that means we’ll no longer have beer writer Crystal Luxmore’s great, bi-weekly Hopped Up columns, so why not go read them now while you can (and to find out what’s next for Crystal, for god’s sake, subscribe to her newsletter, would ya?)

 

The Friday Link Roundup, All Me Edition 06.13.14

UntitledThe Friday Link Roundup is usually a feature wherein Ben’s Beer Blog lazily points you to other writers’ beery things worth reading on the interwebs this week; however,  because I’ve had a busy week writing things for other websites, I thought I might just point you to those things today. It’s all the Johnson you can handle for your Friday reading pleasure!

glb If you missed all the chatter (i.e. me) on twitter, about #DillHoleIPA, the collaboration beer I made with Great Lakes Brewery, here’s my blogTO piece with all the details before the beer is unveiled tonight at SessionTO.
OCBWeek Today marks the start of Ontario Craft Beer Week. Here’s my picks for the best Toronto events. Make what you will of the fact that I accidentally inserted a Guelph event and no one but Greg Clow has called me on it yet.
BRU-V Yesterday blogTO ran a short piece of mine detailing Toronto startup BRU-V, who’ve started a Kickstarter campaign for their deskunkifying pint glasses. The comments, as they are wont to do, degenerated quickly.
beer wars And writing as a guest contributor over on Torontoist, I finally published an article I’d been working on for a long time about Beer Store employees publicly debating deregulation.

The Friday Link Roundup 06.06.14

UntitledThe Friday Link Roundup is a feature wherein Ben’s Beer Blog lazily points you to other beery things worth reading on the interwebs this week.

science Science alert: labs in Southern California are mapping the DNA sequences of brewing yeasts. via The New York Times
 beardo Paul Roof, in addition to having this badass beard, is a Charleston Southern University associate professor and lost his job when this image appeared on a beer label. Gawker has the details.
hangover From Wired, a lengthy look at the science of your hangover. It’s so long your hangover will be gone by the time you read it all.
 10 cent beer  40 years ago, on June 4, 1974, the Cleveland Indians decided to have a 10 cent beer night. To mark the anniversary, retired sportswriter Dan Coughlin recalls the infamous and riotous event for Cleveland.com

 

 

 

The Friday Link Roundup 05.23.14

UntitledThe Friday Link Roundup is a feature wherein Ben’s Beer Blog lazily points you to other beery things worth reading on the interwebs this week.

BBcolour Over on Bellwood’s Brewery’s eye-catching blog, check out a brief post on beer colour. (And stay for the thirst-inducing big pictures)
cantillon Cool Material recently took a camera on a self guided tour of Cantillon Brewery. Check out the pictures of koelschips, and, evidently, “a shit-ton of spiderwebs”
japanbeer From The New York Times last month, an interesting pub crawl in Osaka provides occasion to consider the growing craft beer scene in Japan. 
airplane And in “food” news, The Atlantic explains just why airplane food is so bad.

 

The Friday Link Roundup 4.11.14

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The Friday Link Roundup is a [newish] feature wherein Ben’s Beer Blog lazily points you to other beery things worth reading on the interwebs this week.

Geog In what is probably the most detailed study of its kind, these academics analyzed almost a million “geocoded beer tweets” to determine what beer brands most get discussed on social media all across the United States. via Pacific Standard.
Stouts A year after making a glass (allegedly) perfect for IPAs, Spiegelau has teamed up with Left Hand Brewing Co. and Rogue to craft this glass that`s (allegedly) perfect for stouts. 
wilderness Esquire takes a look at Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., aka RateBeer’s best new brewery in the world.
jsj And in local news…dissatisfied with biased polls commissioned by both sides in the Beer Store vs. OCSA debate, Jordan St. John just went ahead and commissioned his own neutral poll.
fridge On the foodie front, The New York Times takes an enlightening look inside the fridges of 11 of the NY’s top chefs.

 

The Friday Link Roundup 3.28.14

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The Friday Link Roundup is a [new] feature wherein Ben’s Beer Blog lazily points you to other beery things worth reading on the interwebs this week.

 Glaser
Over at The New York Times, famed graphic designer Milton Glaser sounds off on craft brewery label art. If you’ve ever wanted to read things like “It’s also sort of dealing with masculinity, heroic figures and death,” in relation to beer labels, click away!
 Evil Twin Also in The New York times, author Jonah Weiner explores the interesting relationship between the twin brothers responsible for Danish brewery Mikkeller and Brooklyn-based Evil Twin brewery. Featuring a lead image of Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso in a Bellwoods Brewery t-shirt. Coolness.
2014321-steam-whistle-blue-jays There’s been a lot of hullaboo this week about Steam Whistle getting the boot from the Rogers Centre. Check out the article that AHEM first broke the story over on blogTO. It’s probably best to avoid the comments section.
DOCKST There’s a Walking Dead-themed beer brewed with actual brains in it. West Philly’s Dock Street Brewing Co. made a 7.2% American Pale Stout that contains wheat, oats, flaked barley, organic cranberries, and smoked goat brains.
dude-food On the foodie front, Alan Richman of GQ talks about the pretension of egotarian cuisine–the self-indulgent dishes currently arising from the male-dominated, competitive school of cooking.