Every beer-drinking country has a particular relationship to the beer it brews. Germans treat their lagers as a sacred trust, and breweries often have the text of Reinheitsgebot posted like a prayer on the wall. Italians are the quickest to think of their local ales as part of the gastronomic landscape—they brew with an eye to the dinner table. Americans have replaced a focus on quantity for one of quality, but in both cases there’s a maximalist orientation; now we count IBUs instead of empty cans.Please go and read the whole thing. I'd love to affirm AAB's confidence in me with decent traffic, so help a brother out and click through. Tom Acitelli has been doing some great history pieces, and John Holl even weighs in from time to time. I'm hoping we can build a bit of a following for the online work we're doing over there. Go have a look.
The Czechs are the most interesting...
Incidentally, that blog is lightly linked to my (forever) forthcoming opus, The Beer Bible, and it shares the title. I'll keep alerting you when posts go up there, at least for the near future.
Hey, what are you doing still reading this blather--go check out my post.