The bookselling and craft beer worlds each had a major story this week that seemed to overshadow all the others. For the book folks, the #AmazonFail debacle over the holiday weekend captured most of the headlines. For beer lovers, the week was dominated by discussion of the hype for, release of, and reaction to Anat Baron’s film Beer Wars. Rather than spend a lot of time commenting on these topics, I’ll let you browse through the excellent reactions collected at the Church of the Customer and at BeerNews.org.
Brewing and publishing at large did hum along behind the roar of these stories. Here in Maine there has was some great local coverage of the beer biz this week, and a popular topic of discussion among the literatti has been, as usual, the future of the printed book and brick and mortar bookstore.
Check out these stories and more after the jump.
- Local ABC affiliate WMTW reports on Maine’s healthy craft breweries and how they benefit the state (video).
- I’m a fan of the Beach to Beacon (and upcoming Beach to Bacon), and someday I’d love to see Portland squeeze in a Beach to Brewery Fest like Strauss Brewing Company‘s annual event. [from The Full Pint]
- The ever-eloquent Andy Crouch (have you bought his book yet?) has a great piece about that perfect and flavorful gateway craft beer. [from BeerScribe]
- Southern Maine’s free food periodical SWITCH has a great article on the fun and ease of homebrewing. Seriously, why haven’t you tried brewing yet?
- If you have the energy to squeeze out a few tears, we may be nearing the end of the line for Rolling Rock. [via Appellation Beer]
- I know you’ve heard of internships before, but how about a wenchternship? [from The Beer Wench]
- Gritty McDuff’s gets some serious local love this week, winning Best Bar from the Press Herald and Best Brewpub from the Portland Phoenix.
- In the exciting world of collaborative brewing, Stone present the labels and some news about the BrewDog / Cambridge / Stone Juxtaposition Black Pilsner. [from the Stone blog]
- Why write a book blog? Three writers discuss. [from Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?]
- Authors and journalists in England have long struggled with the nation’s strict libel laws. Hopefully, PEN’s push for reform will help publishers across the pond. [from GalleyCat]
- io9 has an interesting look as some sci-fi and fantasy book sales numbers from PW.
- Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book wins the “Indie’s Choice” book award for the Young Adult category. [via The Word Hoarder]
- In what is always a fun exercise for bloggers, Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog takes a look at the search terms that brought readers to her site.
- Is going super-niche going to be the key for the next generation of offline and online bookstores? [from Bookseller’s Blog]
- If you’re looking for a place to get your publishing fix, Jess has you covered. [via bookpublishing.today.com]
- Anticipating a digital future for books, Harry McCracken lists eight reasons he’s going to miss printed books. [from Technologizer]
Have a great weekend!