Weekly Mix Pack: Flowcharts, Farmers, and Aha Moments

By Brett Vanderbrook - Six fresh stories to crack open and enjoy!

Surprise! Our weekly round-up of links will now be on Wednesdays. We like to keep you on your toes around here. Without further ado, here are some links we think you should click on.

1. What Kind of Beer Should You Drink?
If I was forced to come up with a negative about the explosion of craft beer, it might be that there's too much choice. When presented with such a staggering array of brands and styles, your brain simply shuts down. Mike Newman over at coolmaterial.com devised a flowchart to help you with that all important life decision: what should you drink tonight?


2. Beer Geography 101
Beer has a long, rich history dating back over 5,000 years. While there are breweries in every corner of the globe, there are a few regions that are historically significant for their contribution to beer. BrewDog presents a few of these regions in a slick looking infographic.

3. Beer Pairing and Food: My Aha Moment
It might seem like a no-brainer to us now that beer and food make wonderful bed fellows. However, it wasn't that long ago that this idea was foreign to the culinary world. Chef Adam Dulye recounts his story of being high up on Veil Mountain and having an "Aha" moment.

4. Craft Beer - A Farmer's Salvation
As the consumer's demand for craft beer skyrockets, so do producers' demands for raw ingredients. That's good news for farmers who grow the hops and barley. While the infrastructure isn't yet set up to meet the demand, that may change in the coming years.

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/02-23-15-houstons-craft-beer-king-opens-up-on-staying-revelant-the-sam-adams-controversy-and-a-greedy-new-wave/5. Houston's Craft Beer King Opens Up
Established in 1995, St. Arnold Brewing Company is one of Houston, TX's oldest craft breweries. Culturemap sat down with its founder Brock Wagner to have a frank discussion about how St. Arnold keeps up and remains relevant after 20 years in the business.


6. Why Iceland Banned Beer
We're mostly all familiar with the United States' era of prohibition in the 1920s, but did you know that Iceland had its own long period of prohibition, and full-strength beer did not become legal until 1989? Read all about it in this intriguing story from the BBC.
 A post we made recently to our Facebook page has struck a chord among fans, and to memorialize the mantra "Don't be a dick; drink what you love" we're currently whipping up a few different designs for stickers and t-shirts. Once they're ready, we'll let you decide the winning design, and the merch will be used as prizes in upcoming contests. Stay tuned, Geeks!

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