Waiting for Juno: it’s just beer; Wade Boggs; and beer cans turn 80

We hope to have some big beer news this week, though it may be delayed due to our new best friend Juno. In the meantime, enjoy these beer reads before the power goes out…

“A Single Word: The Case For Beer,” by John Holl at All About Beer, is the latest musing on the use of the phrase “craft beer.” Holl concludes: “[W]e’re just going to call it beer.” In the September/October 2014 issue of Imbibe magazine, Joshua M. Bernstein concludes, “Call it craft. Call it crafty. Or maybe, just maybe, simply call it beer.” Bernstein’s piece delves deeper into the history and business side of the discussion.

Craft beer fans go to great lengths to buy top-rated brew, by Nestor Ramos @ The Boston Globe [“On Craigslist in Boston, a case was selling for $250 — each four-pack of cans costing nearly as much as a barrel of crude oil.”]

Did you see the season premiere of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia? In “The Gang Beats Boggs,” the gang competed to match Wade Boggs’ record for prodigious beer consumption on an airplane. Here’s some background re: Boggs’s legendary suds intake, by David Laurila from FanGraphs.com:

“In 2001, [Brian] Rose [(who) had a nondescript career, winning just 15 games over parts of five seasons. Before hurting his arm, he was Boston’s top pitching prospect] was ‘all fired up’ when he was claimed off waivers by the Devil Rays. ‘Not because I was going to Tampa,’ explained Rose, ‘but because Wade Boggs was a coach there. He was my idol growing up.’

“Rose soon learned that Boggs could put away cold ones like nobody else.

“ ‘I was sitting next to him on a plane and a flight attendant came by and gave him a case of beer,’ said Rose. ‘He slid it under the seat and I was like, “What’s up with that? We only have an hour flight.” He said, ‘That’s mine.’

“ ‘The whole flight, we were just shooting the shit, and he went one beer after the other. I said to him, “I’m impressed with the way you hit, but I’m more impressed right now.” He goes, “Yeah, beer doesn’t affect me. I don’t get drunk unless I’ve had at least a case and a half.” I don’t think he even went to the bathroom.’ ”

And this, from SI.com’s “Extra Mustard”: “Wade Boggs told Charlie Day he once drank 107 beers in a day”

14 clever ways to open a beer bottle in a pinch, by Christine Erickson @ Mashable

And, in case you missed it, Saturday was the 80th anniversary of the day that “the first cans of Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company beer went on sale in Richmond, Virginia.” Read more at CraftCans.com.

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Session beer, craft vs.crafty, warming up to fizzy yellow beer, and more

SessionBeerMonthLogo-300x469Here are some stimulating words to absorb while enjoying a beer or two . . .

Why the ‘Session’ Beer Trend Makes Zero Sense, by Aaron Goldfarb @ Esquire [“No one ever decries the lack of session wine or session bourbon, yet wine and whiskey connoisseurs have no problem throwing back their 14% or sometimes 100-proof libations of choice over a many-hour…ahem, session.”]

A Not-So Nefarious History of Craft and Crafty Beer, by Daniel Hartis @ Paste [“While the craft vs. crafty debate has now reached fever pitch, it has been simmering for 20 years.”]

Fizzy Yellow Beer Is Not Your Enemy, by Zachary Fowle @ the Phoenix New Times [“The idea that these beers are of low quality, however, is willfully ignorant. Ask any brewer which style he or she believes is the hardest to make — the answer, almost every time, will be a light lager.”]

The 50 Best Craft Beers Every Man Must Try, by William Bostwick @ GQ [“No one ever decries the lack of session wine or session bourbon, yet wine and whiskey connoisseurs have no problem throwing back their 14% or sometimes 100-proof libations of choice over a many-hour…ahem, session.”]