Monday, May 8th, 2017

Nut Burst hoppy lager, Cheers to Belgian Beers and Outside beer accessories

Ron Swarner

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The Wisecracker Bottle Opener, which Outside magazine digs, slips over your bike’s headset to pop the tops.

MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, MAY 8 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the nifty accessories. …

Chuckanut Brewery and Cloudburst Brewing have collaborated on Nut Burst, a hoppy lager that will be tapped at both Chuckanut facilities (Bellingham and Skagit Valley) and Cloudburst in Seattle on Mother’s Day, May 14.

The 11th annual Cheers to Belgian Beers festival announced an initial beer list of more than 50 Belgian-style beers brewed by Oregon craft brewers. The event will take place June 2 and June 3 at The North Warehouse in Portland.

Creature Comforts CEO Chris Herron says AB InBev acquisitions are dangerous for craft beer, focusing on the downward pressure they put on craft beer prices, which makes it harder for craft brewers to work in the shrinking margins. And he connected the reason they might want to do this back to the core brands, Budweiser and Bud Light, and how lower craft prices buoy the value of those brands.

An insider’s perspective on the good, the bad, and what the rest of the industry gets wrong about working for an AB InBev-owned brewery.

Although latest figures from 2016 show London was still home to 3,615 pubs, the traditional meeting places are becoming less and less common. Municipal data indicates 1,220 have closed since 2001 — a 25 percent drop in pubs across the city. Pub owners, campaigners and politicians point to increased costs and a changing culture as the main reasons for the closures.

Whew! After all that business stuff, a little romance. Let’s go inside a Czech floor malthouse.

Outside magazine encourages you to enter a Flyathon — a “triathlon” that involves trail running, fly-fishing and drinking craft beer — but if fishing and drinking isn’t your jam, there are still plenty of other ways to pair beer and outdoor activities. Check out the magazine’s list of gear that will help.