Good Beer Hunting


163. Read. Look. Drink.

These are the words, images, and beers that inspired the GBH Collective this week. Drinking alone just got better, because now you're drinking with all of us.


READ. // "there will be no change. you give me $5 youre getting 5, you figure your own life out" [sic]. This Twitter thread touches on so many interesting topics. The value of ethical or well-made food vs. plain old sustenance, nostalgia, menu sizes and additions, and food-truck culture. It's a funny idea that makes a lot of sense.

LOOK. // In their work Encounter with the Halo Field, artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding used the electromagnetic field coming from power lines above to light up fluorescent bulbs. Kind of scary when you think about it. The piece is being shown at Christchurch Art Gallery in New Zealand as part of its Wheriko—Brilliant! exhibition until February 2020.

DRINK. // Isthmus Brewing Co’s No Man's Land
This Pale Ale is such a New Zealand beer. Credit for that goes to its biscuity Kiwi Pilsner malt base and sharp, bright New World hops.

READ. // It's always interesting to see how anglophone interlopers like myself describe the Old World. The Summer of My Greek Taverna by Tom Stone is a humorous look at life on a remote Greek island, with far more insight than most entries in the genre. I wish I’d read this when it first came out in 2002, though it feels perfectly timeless in 2019.

LOOK. // “Yes I can hear you, Clem Fandango.” Whenever we can’t find something to watch, my wife and I put on an old episode of Toast of London, and even though we’ve seen them all multiple times we still always end up laughing, sometimes to the point of tears. Most people will recognize Matt Berry from The IT Crowd, but Toast is a whole other world of weirdness. As I write this, I’m happy to learn that it’s been renewed for a fourth season.

DRINK. // 2nd Shift Brewing’s Katy
I could live happily on Czech Pale Lager for the rest of my life, but I’m lucky enough to have friends who bring me cool beers from elsewhere. Joe Stange recently gave me a can of 2nd Shift’s Katy, which the label innocuously calls a “Brett beer.” It’s slightly tart, lightly funky, a bit hazy, and extremely refreshing. I don’t miss most non-Czech beer styles, but I sure wish it were easier to taste beauties like this one.

READ. // “The necessity of safeguarding a sound-recording heritage may appear abstract to executives at a distant parent company, who may simply see an expense on a balance sheet marked ‘Storage.’” Jody Rosen writes in the New York Times about how Universal Music Group managed the story of their 2008 backlot fire, which wiped a swath of music history off the face of the planet. Grab a drink, because this one hurts.

LOOK. // Filmed from the perspective of Wendell Berry—a writer, poet, farmer, and teacher—Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry was produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman, and reflects on our place in the environment through the lens of life on the farm.

DRINK. // Shacksbury’s The Vermonter
Drinking my last can of The Vermonter is a bittersweet moment. Over the last six months, this gin-barrel-aged beauty, which was sent to me over the holidays, made its way from a family get-together to a visit with friends to an outing up north. The art on the can could be framed and the cider never opened, but that would mean missing out on an equally beautiful experience.

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