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Session Beers (Book Review)

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Session Beers by Jennifer Talley

Jennifer Talley is the brewmaster at Squatters Pub Brewery in Salt Lake City, Utah – a State where a 4 per cent ABV (Alcohol By Volume) limit is imposed on brewers as a legal constraint. For this reason alone, there should be no surprise that she was the go-to person to be asked to write this book about Session Beer: Brewing for Flavor and Balance. She’s an accomplished brewer, beer judge and competition winner with a career in creating and bringing to market consistently high quality low ABV beers that don’t knock you off the bar stool. Beers perfect for weddings and afternoons with your friends. Sessionable beers.

Of course, these session beers have been around for a long time in our society. The term might be more recent, but humans have been making highly consumable beers in this genre through history. Just be aware that a session beer isn’t merely low ABV, though. A session beer leaves nothing to hide behind when it comes to making errors. It’s extremely well made beer that you want to drink another and then another throughout the day (or night). And session beers are harder to make than might first appear to be the case. Alcohol, after all, contributes to the flavour of beer. Take away that mask and you better be sure of what you’re doing in the brewery.

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Austerity! (Book Review)

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Austerity! cover

One of my Christmas presents this year was Austerity! by Ronald Pattinson. If you’ve never heard of Ron you might want to go check his blog out at Shut Up About Barklay Perkins and watch the BeerSmith podcast #176 where Ron is interviewed about this book. And what’s the book about? Well, British beer. That is… British beer from 1945-1965 in the post-War period of Austerity. He’s an interesting beer history nerd with a lot of tabular information packed through the first half that lets you get your head around what beers they were actually making in that time period.

And I don’t mean in a general sense. Ron is a man of specifics (where he can inform) and educated information (where there are gaps in the record). Which is about the best we’re going to get on the subject if you’re looking to make these old recipes. People exactly like me who have a thing for history and making booze are the perfect market for his books.

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The Land Before Avocado (Book Review)

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Front cover of The Land Before Avocado

My Christmas included the thoughtful gift of The Land Before Avocado by Richard Glover. A book, I should explain, I had considered buying on the odd occasion and never quite justified the purchase. So it was a perfect present by definition – something I wanted but wouldn’t buy for myself. And, yes, I’m known to seek a warm nostalgia from my youth of the 1960s-1970s… and this is a book aimed at the foreheads of every human like me with that delusion. Because was it better back then? Honestly? And, if so, why don’t the statistics support this argument?

Glover paints a great picture of the abysmal food. Pre-1960 you could count the people from non-European countries in the hundreds (or merely tens, or less). We had been a British bastion on the edge of the World and under the White Australia Policy that pretty much meant there were us, the other Europeans we let come here and the indigenous population. We treated people appropriate to that order, too. Even as a heterosexual male there was a fine path to be trodden. Difference wasn’t what Australia tolerated – enshrined in Law were ideals of sexism, homophobia and racism. I’d even forgotten how bad these laws had been, partly because as a child/youth it’s really the only culture you know.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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