It’s called Examining Craft Brewing as a Social Innovation Process, and while it’s an academic work (or it’s supposed to be, at least), I’ve tried to make it readable. There’s a big chunk of theory, but I’ve also gathered a bunch of nice examples of beer and brewing having a positive effect in the world – including some bits from Finland, and that’s why I’m sharing it here. You can grab the pdf if you’re interested.
Ibeerian ramblings (sorry, couldn’t resist)
The Scoop was on holiday recently. Flying south, as many Finns are said to do, and arriving in Spain, I encountered both warm sunshine and some very good beer.
Stadin Panimobaari opened its doors yesterday amid spring showers in Suvilahti, but the rain didn’t deter a sizeable crowd from coming to check it out. I arrived just before the advertised opening time of 16:30 to find the place already full–not difficult, as it’s one of the smaller bars in town, with seating for 42 people–and there was a steady influx of visitors after that, the bar queue stretching out the door for at least the next hour.
I don’t usually do links, but I liked this straightforward review of a straightforward beer bar. At least that’s what I’ve heard–I must confess I still haven’t visited the place. One Pint Pub is a stone’s throw from Ruoholahti Metro station, and should be well worth a visit when you start to feel worn out by the hype around the Punavuori upstarts ;)
Today is the Irish national holiday, which for some reason or other is inextricably linked with alcohol consumption. So as not to disturb the stereotype, I thought I’d give a quick run-down of the options available here for anyone who wants a genuine Irish beer experience–no green beer here! Continue reading Want to drink Irish on St. Patrick’s Day?
The craft scene in Estonia seems to have exploded out of nowhere. It must be only a year ago that I was reading about the homebrew scene there, and the first brew from Põhjala. Since then, over a dozen microbreweries have popped up, and they’re not afraid of experimentation. Estonia (specifically Tartu) played a role in the history of imperial stout, so maybe it’s no surprise to see a variety of stouts being produced (including a very minty mint stout); there’s also pale and red ales, weizens, and so on. Continue reading Estonia: a Baltic Beer Boom
Good news from the Finnish parliament today, as the bill to allow small breweries to claim greater tax relief was passed.