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Linky Friday, Food Symposium Edition

Lots of links about food! Fill your mind and fill your belly!

On Preference, Briefly

~by Sam Wilkinson I found plenty of reasons to disagree with Charles Murray’s “How Thick Is Your Bubble?” quiz. I made my arguments in two ongoing threads discussing the quiz, its meaning, its construction, its shortcomings, its implications, its very existence. However, one objection that did not feature as prominently was the one that I…

Craft Beer and the Human Economy

Tom Philpott observes that not all alcohol regulations need necessarily be a bad thing: It’s true that Carter’s move on behalf of home brewers helped push along the craft-brew revolution, as did the state-by-state unwinding of rules preventing the opening of brew pubs, which largely happened in the 1980s and ’90s. But in both cases,…

Big Beer

Mike Konczal points out that the market share for the big beer producers has actually grown since deregulation, with craft brews making up only about 4% of total market share, and the top four beer producers claiming about 91% of market share (in 2002). I’m still not sure this proves that deregulation is a poor…

Hooray for Hops

Add this to the list of studies showing that beer, in moderation, is good for your health.  That, in and of itself, is unremarkable.  What is remarkable, however, is that we finally have undeniable scientific proof that hoppier beers really are better.

Good beer, good music

As I compile everyone’s “best cover of all time” submissions (Yes, I’m getting to you. No, Uncle Kracker’s version of “Drift Away” did not make the cut.) while enjoying a lukewarm PBR, I realize I ache for higher quality booze. Until I can afford the good stuff, however, I’ve learned to satisfy my palate with…

Bike to Work Week

Well it’s bike to work week and due to the fact that it is also ridiculously nice here – I mean upper 70’s which is almost hot – I thought it would be a good time to start biking the six miles between my apartment and work.  My goal is to do this every single…

New Belgium

Good read about “sustainable beer” at American Progress.  Fat Tire is one of my favorite beers, and 1554 and Skinny Dip are pretty bloody good also.  We drink a lot of New Belgium brews around here, though the company’s “Fat Tire Festival” – a musical mountain biking tour with lots of good beer – was…