Friday, 13 January 2017

The battle is on...

Let's get it on. This guy's up for a feast.

Not even half a week after publishing, my previous post has already become obsolete. Just like last year, it seems we will keep reading the economy press, as AB In-Bev is still hungy and has recently launched a new message of ambition to the European market. In December 2016 they announced the landing of Goose Island pubs -at least in the UK-, but just yesterday we could read that their last move was the buyout of Cervezas La Virgen -Spain-, through the investment fund ZX Ventures.

"AB InBev has some work ahead. We can expect profound changes"

Monday, 9 January 2017

2016, a significant year...

Despite the almost absolute absence of posts during most of last year, I have been just as connected to the beer world as in previous years. That has allowed me to continue visiting places and talking with people, exchange opinions and experiences, drink lots of interesting beer and, of course, reflect on the industry, its direction and the evolution of our local scene.

The previous one has been a very complete year; full of everything. It is for this exact reason that I chose to start posting in 2017 with a review of all those events and trends we have witnessed. Which at the very least will make us remember 2016 as a significant year.

"Consumers enjoy a better quality and variety on their glasses; in the long run we will better assess what this concentration means for the industry"

Friday, 2 September 2016

The Session #115 - The Role of Beer Books

Today is Beer Blogging Friday, so it is time to post my contribution for The Session, an initiative by Stan Hieronymus from Appellation Beer. The current round is the 115th, and the second time I host it. The topic at hand is ‘The Role of Beer Books’, so I am going to make a review of those books that have been essential in my experience with beer and my local scene.

“Books, and people, do make a difference”

Friday, 19 August 2016

The Session #115 - Announcement


The Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic. Each month, a different beer blogger hosts the Session, chooses a topic and creates a round-up listing all of the participants, along with a short pithy critique of each entry. (more on Brookston Beer Bulletin).

"I believe the importance of books for the beer culture makes them worthy of another Session"

Monday, 15 August 2016

The turning point...

Original picture: Eduard Bröll.

I find myself sitting in front of a middle-aged skinny guy wearing a bob and a thick beard. He is repeatedly combing backward, almost unconsciously, as he talks. He also has a pair of stylish, vintage glasses that he seldom uses, but that provide him with a certain aura. Like a star. And the fact is that despite of his humbleness and nice manner, he actually is a star. Something that he will show in a few moments, pulling out a well worked and learned discourse, accompanied by an indifferent and casual posture: the one of a great lecturer, the kind that wins the sympathy of an entire auditorium with the first sentence.

"I'm still waiting for the turning point"

Monday, 23 May 2016

A brief commentary...

Even before having the chance to try out the new batch of Nómada beers, we get some first developments in relation to its already known and discussed partial acquisition by Grupo Mahou-San Miguel. In a similar way to the decision by Cantillon to exclude Birra del Borgo of their Quintessence 2016 programme some weeks ago, the organisers of the Mostra de la Cervesa Artesana de Mediona -Ales Agullons- have decided not to include Nómada Brewing Co. within the list of breweries in its eleventh edition. After having participated uninterruptedly since 2012, this can be read as the result of their partnership with the big Spanish brewing group.div>

"By partisanship, interests or just for the sake of controversy, let us not turn disagreements into conflict"

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Zythos Bierfestival

Today's post is from my friend and colleague Mikel Rius, to whom I hand over the blog for a day to enable him to post a reflection on his visit to the mythical Zythos Bierfestival of Belgium. The translation from Spanish is mine. Salut i birra!

On 23 and 24 April Belgians celebrated the twelfth edition of a beer event that many regard as unmissable: Zythos Bierfestival, in Leuven. The meeting gathered 88 breweries, who had more than 500 beers to choose from, making it a true paradise for enthusiasts.

“The casualness in coexistence is reflected in the stands: all identical, for very different sized breweries”