Inspection- Of Beer, Wine and Society

By Ken Carman
By Ken Carman

I’ve been pouring through Denny Conn’s book on experimental brewing. We started homebrewing in 1979. Books on homebrewing these days are light years beyond what they used to be, but I’m not writing this to dis old home brewing books. Let’s be honest: without them many of us early birds would have missed the worm.
Hey, I’m experimental, but worms in beer? Ewe.
One part of Denny’s book was quite fascinating beyond homebrewing. Denny wrote about studies that offered wine tasters samples of wine, some from high priced, very well respected, wine bottles. Another had tasters comment on various samples of dark beer. The control being it was all the same wine, and all the same beer, some with food coloring added.
Even professionals were fooled.
Tasters offered descriptors one would expect for fine wine or dark beer. Roastiness and esters were found in beer samples that, in reality, weren’t there. “Fine” wine presented that way was perceived as superior. Continue reading “Inspection- Of Beer, Wine and Society”

Roll out the barrels: N.Y. craft beer industry soars

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New York has tapped into the craft beer boom, an industry known for its creative brews and one that is funneling billions into the state’s economy.

The craft beer industry in New York grew 59 percent between 2013 and 2014 as loosened regulations led to a surge in new breweries, cideries and wineries, according to a report released last month.

The report, funded by the state Brewers Association and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, showed that the number of craft breweries more than doubled from 2012 to January 2015: 95 to 207 breweries. It’s led production to jump 54 percent from 2011 to 2013, to 859,535 barrels.

“We have said time and time again that New York produces some of the best craft beverages anywhere, and this report backs up exactly why we are focusing on growing these breweries,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

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