Monday beer briefing: Workplace culture, buying rounds & hops as grapes

Brauerei Spezial, Bamberg


Ballast Point Dulling.
This was the culture at Ballast Point Brewing: “We built camaraderie among employees and just had a phenomenal culture of showing up to work, kicking serious ass, having a couple of beers with each other, and repeating the next day. We all felt very blessed to be able to do this for a living.” Sounds great, doesn’t it? When a business — any business, not just a brewery — considers what it means to be sustainable, and how that relates to sustain its company culture, things get more complicated.

The unwritten rules of round-buying.
“In practice, of course, all of these rules or customs are understood without being spoken, and possibly completely unconsciously. We moderate our behaviour based on the group we’re with, our knowledge of people’s financial situations, or their capacity for alcohol.” I thought about how this bit of culture is different than elsewhere when I read David Berg’s comment on Twitter that “It’s probably too much to ask, but maybe someday beer will once again be about this” with this being, “I honestly don’t care what beer you drink. It’s just good to be around friends.” In traveling recently from Munich to Poznan and back I was reminded how different all things related to beer look in the wild than the do on Beer Twitter. The picture at the top was taken on a Sunday at Brauerei Spezial in Bamberg. A few moments later the man on the left turned his empty ceramic mug on the side and rather quickly a server appeared with another round. No words were needed.

What Beer Should You Drink Based on Your Wine Preference?
Seventeen years ago I wrote about Beer for wine drinkers for an All About Beer “how to” issue. It was a very different story than this one. At the end I recited a list of suggested beer types for various wine types that Michael Jackson had compiled. This story instead lists specific hop varieties for lovers of particular wine — for instance a beer made with Nelson Sauvin hops for a Sauvignon Blanc drinker (an easy one). The approach is one more example of how much has changed since 2002: four of the seven hop varieties listed were not available to brewers (and Nelson Sauvin had just been released to the New Zealand market).

Little Beast’s Liquid Feast.
When I was in Portland last October, Little Beast is one of the places Jeff Alworth (and my friend, Bill Aimonetti) drank a few beers, and Jeff wrote about it at the time. In promoting this longer post via Twitter, he wrote, “Which American brewery is currently making the best mixed-fermentation beers? It’s an unanswerable question, but Little Beast should be in the discussion.” Brewers will learn something reading about Porter’s approach; drinkers as well.

Czech brewers put modern pubs on tap to court hipster crowd.
That’s one depressing headline, don’t you think?

Dr. John’s Reverent Subversion of New Orleans Cliché.
File this thought away next time a “selling out” discussion shows up. Dr. John said he made his best money from writing jingles for brands like Oreo and Scott, the tissue company. “But he never got less weird. In The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s film of The Band’s 1976 farewell concert, Dr. John is one of the most memorable guests. Wearing oversize sunglasses, a beret, and a narcotized leer, he delivers a performance of ‘Such a Night’ that somehow manages to out-swamp Muddy Waters, out-lech Ronnie Hawkins, and out-mystic Van Morrison, all of whom also appeared at the concert.”

The Slow Rise and Fast Fall of NYC’s Most Anticipated Craft Brewery.

The quest to make a bot that can smell as well as a dog.
I hope you are able to read this long article from Wired magazine (it may depend who many times you have visited if you are not a subscriber – which I am). The mysteries around olfaction are just so dang intriguing. “Scientists are still piecing together the basics of how we sense all those volatile compounds and how our brains classify that information. ‘There are more unknowns than knowns,’ says Hiroaki Matsunami, a researcher at Duke University.”


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Monday beer briefing: Guardian of the Citra, climate change & influencers


1) All shook up: When craft beer goes mainstream.
2) The Economics of ‘Craft-on-Craft’ Acquisitions.
3) Oregon’s craft brewers have a problem: ‘There’s just too much beer out there.’
4) The beer industry is not dying.
5) Wine Consumption Probably Won’t Return to Normal.
In #1, Pete Brown writes, “In one sense, craft is simply the latest stage in the ongoing, permanent state of evolution in beer, of consumer education and rising expectations.” Change is constant in any business, and beer is not immune. Sometimes consumers benefit and other times they do not. And so drinkers may spend a certain amount of time guessing about the future, reading stories intended for those in the business. With that in mind, note that both #4 and #5 cite a survey that states “Americans spend about 1% of income on alcohol, no matter the age.” Don’t expect to find exactly the same conclusions.

6) The Most Delicious Foods Will Fall Victim to Climate Change.
Cutting directly to this scary scenario: “The main way that most people on Planet Earth are going to experience climate change is through its impact on food. . . But it was Jerry Hatfield, who’s a USDA scientist, who said to me that the broadest disruption caused by climate change will be in food systems, because there will be very region-specific impacts: from droughts, from flooding, from intolerable heat. There will be uninhabitable regions of the earth, and the global food system is completely integrated.” Pair this with the following story.

7) We Drink Basically The Same Wine As Ancient Romans — And That’s Not So Great.
According to a new study, many of the most popular wine varietals sold today are extremely genetically similar to the wines that ancient Romans drank — and may have existed for thousands of years longer. That’s not as true of the plants (barley and hops) that provide much of the flaver of beer, and that could be a positive. The “not so great” part of this NPR report points to the potential impact of climate change and ever-evolving pests when plants lack genetic diversity.

8) Farmhouse ale festival, now what?
Why bother? Lars Garshol writes, “For me a key point in spreading the word about farmhouse ale has been to convince people in the brewing regions that their brewing tradition is something to be proud of,” and, “The festival has turned out to have another function as well: it’s pretty much the only way for outsiders to taste these beers, to participate in a brewing session, and to actually meet the brewers. And you can’t really understand farmhouse ale if you’ve never tasted it. It’s also important for the Norwegian commercial brewers who want to play with kveik and traditional methods, because here they can learn first-hand how to approach it.”

9) Under the influencer.
@ThePourFool reacted to this story by tweeting, “The only REAL ‘beer influencer’ is what’s in your glass. TRY, HARD, not to mistake youth and perkiness for ‘influence’. You can create your stratum of beer trendiness all you like but don’t imagine that that stratum is the sum total of beer.” I think that misses on the point. Beth Demmon, who wrote the story, tweeted, “There’s the role of body positivity, sex positivity, and even influential experts who use social media to engage, but choose not to show their bodies because of safety, privacy, or whatever reason. There’s even the inherent sexism in the word ‘influencer’ skewing towards women while terms like ‘content creator’ are reserved for men.” She’d like to write more about influencers, and I hope somebody pays her to do it. Because, let’s be honest, it isn’t only what’s in the glass.


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A Black Girl’s Beauty is Not Determined by the Length of Her Hair

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by Lacrisha Honeybrown @Lacrisha.Honeybrown

During a conversation with a Black man a few weeks ago, in the presence of another Black woman, it happened. Again. I felt the need to defend my hair length. As soon as the exchange ended, I was haunted. Disturbed by the incessant occurrence of having to exculpate my existence, my beauty. Before I could properly process what I was doing and stop myself, I had JUSTIFIED MY HAIR LENGTH. Justified. As if there was something wrong or ugly about it, as if I was less attractive because my hair length was modest, even average, for a Black girl. A Black man had informed me, proudly and perhaps innocently, in front of another woman with longer hair that his hair had been longer than mine “at one point.”
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); We’ve all heard or said The Defenses before. “My hair used to be really long BUT.” “That perm my mom forced me to get broke my hair off, girl.” “I told the hairdresser to just cut my split ends and she cut a few inches off. It’ll grow back.” “I did the big chop.” We’ve all cringed at the “bald head scallywag” jokes on the middle school playground, subconsciously brushed down gelled up baby hairs to ensure ourselves that we had edges, dodge that jab. Why is brushing down gelled up baby hairs even a thing? Doesn’t this act implicitly ingrain the message that natural edges are unruly or unsightly?

Then, the fact that this man prefaced the hair length comparison statement with “no disrespect but…” had clearly, immediately and innately activated the need for me to defend myself, defend my hair. It made the statement inherently disrespectful and suggested a hair inferiority. “Well, I’m not offended because I chopped all of my hair off. I did the big chop.” I blurted out as I recovered and attempted to hide my chagrin under the guise of enlightening my peers with indisputable facts. I might as well have said, “So you see, your hair was only longer than mine by default. You are not better than me, your hair does not grow longer or faster. I started over. So there. My hair is freaking awesome dude BE HUMBLE!”

A similar microaggression was facilitated by a white female coworker a few months prior. In the same breath of her complimenting how full, cute, and suiting my afro puff debut at work was, she denigrated another sister, A Black female acquaintance of hers that she couldn’t, for the life of her, decode why the woman had opted to wear a ponytail that was “this” (she demonstrated for dramatic effect with her finger and thumb barely separated) long.

That Sunday evening after The Defense, I moisturized and cornrowed my curls in my bedroom whilst getting lost and mesmerized by the gentle crooning of Jill Scott playing in the background of my makeshift hair salon. I was preparing for my next protective style while giving Queen Latifah in Set It Off vibes with my straight-back, tightly and neatly plaited locks. In my meditative thug life glory, I forced myself to decompress from the week’s weariness and anticipated the new beginning of the next week. I had survived yet another conventional beauty standard microaggression and had lived to defend myself another day. I wondered, “When?”

When exactly are we going to stop scrutinizing a fish by its ability to climb a tree? When we’re made of the same star essence and universe rain from which our hair, like trees and flowers, sprout. Spiral upward to greet the sun’s rays. Voluminous. Luminous. Copious. Billowing. Created to rise, magnificently blossom, and be spatially excellent. Outsmarting and gently defeating gravity in unique testament to an especially magic divinity. An enchanting intensity that somehow shines through even in a brush cut.
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Our hair is meant to curl, coil, jump, and leap! Stretch and shout for joy. Vibrate, an antenna majestically intertwined with the galaxy. Humidity forecasts strong springiness with a slight chance of shrinkage and a high chance of slayage. Encounters with heat engender silkiness. Water, softly rippling waves. Air, flourishing kinks proudly riding the breeze. Requiring nourishment like the soil. A mirror of the Earth. Black Girl Radiance is not defined by hair length: Our magic is far too big and resilient for that.

Lacrisha is a healing, growth, and wellness enthusiast who likes to spend her spare time participating in sophisticated ratchet hippie thug scholar things like lamenting adulting and reading books. She is a proud alumna of both the illustrious Howard University and North Carolina Central University.

Convos With Claire Atlanta 2019 Sunday Pop-Up Shop Recap Featuring A Daily Diva Boutique, Saint Bella, Fashion Bomb Daily Shop Vendors, and More!

This past weekend we hosted the first Convos With Claire event of the year in Atlanta, GA. The weekend was full of networking fun, stylish fashions, and…NEON! From hot pink to lime green, our readers and special celebrity guests came through dripping in their neon’s best.

Oyemwen, @shopoyemwen (Tutu pants available here)

Staying true to our livelihood of fashion, Fashion Bomb Daily hosted its very first pop-up shop at The Bailey Room where Fashion Bomb Daily Shop brands could be shopped in person! Brands from the Fashion Bomb Daily Shop included our best-selling fan-faves: Dean of Fashion, Oyemwen, and Olayemii. Feeding into the excitement, Olayemii previewed new printed handbags and Oyemwen also presented new tutu pants and a cocktail dress!

Dean of Fashion, @deanoffashion (Shop the “Thicker Than A Snicker” tee here)

Couldn’t make it this weekend? You still have the opportunity to shop new items from these brands on!

Olayemii, @olayemii (Shop Olayemii handbags here)

Readers and attendees could also cure their fashion fix by shopping with our other lit vendors: Chic Dezignz, Saint Bella, Jenks Fashionique, Diamant Noir, Maison Noir, Mansah Clothing, Gaelle Jules, Behind The Façade Clothiers, Lee Monet, EightTwenty91, and A Daily Diva.

Behind The Façade Clothiers, @btfclothiers
Jenks Fashionique, @jenks_fashionique
A Daily Diva Boutique, @adailydiva
Diamant Noir Boutique, @shopdiamantnoir
Lee Monet, @itsleemonet
EightTwenty91, @eighttwenty91
Saint Bella, @_SaintBella
Gaelle Jules, @gaellejules
Chicdezignz Boutique, @chicdezingz
Mansah Clothing, @mansahclothing
Maison Noir,

Claire rocked a “I Can Find A Bad Bitch Anywhere” hoodie by one of our special guests, Jeremy Haynes aka No IG Jeremy. What a neon must-have!

As for best-dressed at the pop-up event, this lovely Bombshell took home a win and then some as she also won an item for one of our bomb vendors!

We would like to give a special thanks to all of our bomb vendors and special guests who made this event a true neon classic! Stay tuned for more upcoming Fashion Bomb Daily events.

Pictures: @morrisde

Regina Carter Kept It Chic In A Fashion Nova Three-Piece Set

Reginae Carter is a frequent styler of Fashion Nova’s items as she often appears in pieces by them along with a designer bag or accessory. She gave us the ultimate vacay look in a recent pic wearing a three-piece Fashion Nova set.

Reginae worked the “A Trip That Never Ends” 3-Piece Set from Fashion Nova, available on the site for $39.99. The three pieces to the set consist of the following: a bandeau top, shorts, and a kimono. Made of polyester and spandex, the set is stretchy yet fitting for different body types. No wonder it is called “A Trip That Never Ends”, it features an abstract paint strokes design which fosters that ultimate island vacay vibes.

Summer is here and we know you guys are catching flights to live your best lives, so shop this set and leave all eyes on you on your next vacation!

New NSFW Trailer for Amazon’s ‘The Boys’ Looks Like a Bloody Good Time


Amazon has been stepping its game of late with some truly quality programming like their wickedly funny adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. This gives me relatively high hopes for their upcoming adaptation of Garth Ennis’ The Boys, which seems to be doing a great job of capturing that title’s anarchic spirit.

The series follows an elite team of super-powered individuals working for the CIA whose task it is to keep tabs on the current crop of celebrity superheroes. In Ennis’ world, superheroes do much more publicity than crime-fighting, and are mostly viewed as a joke by “The Boys” as this task force is known. The series comes to us from executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who did a bang-up job with Preacher on AMC, leading me to hope they’ll do the same here.

The Boys main cast consists of Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), The Frenchman (Tomer Kapon), The Female (Karen Fukuhara), and Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonzo), with Butcher recruiting “Wee” Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid), following a bloody run-in the latter had with a super.  This trailer’s got some pretty imaginative stuff happening in it, so hopefully that stuff all makes its way into the show proper.

The Boys debuts on Amazon Prime July 26.

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