The fourth assignment in these 30 days is to “explore the neighborhood” and a bid to get people to use WordPress’ rss reader feature, which I’ve never actually explored because the demise of Google Reader took me straight to Feedly, which has been a useful. Although, I’m annoyed that I have to get charged to use a search function, but it just pushes me to use the tags more frequently.
My Feedly inbox is a source of constant distraction, with far too much already explored, but nonetheless here are five blogs from the “Drinks” category that I particularly look forward to reading every day and why.
- Beervana: insightful, in-depth, and with lots of good storytelling or information such that even if it is frequently focused on Oregon’s beer and cider, I’m still quite interested.
- Brain Sparging on Brewing: mostly a homebrewing blog, but a great resource that I find helpful for my own brewing in terms of techniques like sour mashing and such.
- Boak and Bailey’s Beer Blog: I’m only interested in probably 40% of the material that comes up here, but it’s a great way to learn quietly and absorb from people who do indeed know what they’re talking about. Also, their quarterly-or-so “Go Long” compilations have proved very absorbing.
- Oh Beautiful Beer: this appeal directly to the design side of beer and is a really enjoyable way to see what people are doing and thinking on the visual aesthetic side of the craft.
- The Bruery: of the various brewery blogs I’ve perused, few are as interesting or useful as the Bruery’s, whose recent series on cellaring and managing sour beers are actually quite helpful. Granted, I live in the part of Bolivia where summer averages 90+ °F and my storage room has no A/C, so I’m sure everything I’m “aging” is basically just oxidized, but one can dream for the future.