« on: February 14, 2011, 09:28:27 PM »
I have given this a lot of thought...and maybe it is too late and you are onto 2012, but here is my list of things I would like to see.
1. More articles more voices from more members....it seems like Zymurgy has its 5 favorite authors (and all the other beer magazines have theirs and three or more are in common between them). This makes beer publications the world according to...(fill in the blank). Or this particular style, according to (blank). Some of us can write quite well, and are willing, but sometimes don't necessarily have the right ideas (or fail to believe that we have a shot of being heard). Seek them out.
2. More trends further ahead of the curve....I liked the issue on session beers in the age of the bigger badder is better. I don't necessarily want to know what is going on or what is new....I want to think about what is next what the future might be, what kinds of ingredients are coming, what kinds of beers are finding regional niches....oh, and how can I brew them. I want to be inspired to brew, inspired to teach, and inspired to experience beer and brewing.
3. I would love to see an article focusing on why it isn't a good idea to open a commercial brewery....I have been looking at this...and perhaps more than a few of us shouldn't ruin a good hobby.
4. More ideas. Brewing isn't all about the art and science of pushing the envelope or winning competitions...and in fact, most members don't enter them, and most who do, don't win (and some even do it for the feedback)....some excellent beers in their own right....this goes along with more voices. I do respect guys who win competitions regularly and the grand master poobah leveled judge, but it has just gotten too competitive and to put them further on a pedestal just makes it worse. It separates us into the experts and everyone else.
5. How about a 1 beer comp? Put on a beer comp where you can only enter one beer...your best.
6. More voices on beer judging more widely available beers. I like the 3 guys and Beth's Commercial Calibration, but only when I have had the beer before, and I would like to hear other reviewers....perhaps the four plus one guest reviewer....maybe even a non-judge but thoughtful reviewer (someone who has a more average palate).
7. More on how to formulate recipes to make them taste the way you want (crafting for personal taste)....I need more on what all the new varieties of hops do.
8. More historical perspectives on styles, regions, methods.
9. More on emerging styles and regional taste differences....I love to travel, just to see the state of craft beer and what's selling in other parts of the country, continent, and world.
10. Purchasing equipment. There are a lot of companies making pro-level equipment....Blichmann, Morebeer, Sturdy?, Stout Tanks, Sabco, Monstermill, Schmidling....a whole industry serving us, but nary a review of high end equipment and suppliers. The opposite of the gadgets issue, I guess....and the whole world of equipment and suppliers we can't get from the pro world....again to be inspired to try to fabricate methods or equipment that pros use.
11. Blogs and interesting websites from members: I have one but admit it is not for everyone (some parts are good, some are funny, some sucks), but I would like to hear about decent ones from other members. I like new ideas and this is where new ideas are.
And here is a few things I would eliminate or avoid.
I don't think beer goes with food....I love beer, and food, but I like to keep them separate... beer/food pairings sparingly, please. Food keeps me from fully tasting my beer.
I guess I only had one thing....that is okay, I would like to focus on the positives rather than the negatives.