The Business of Beer with Stephen Beaumont, Award-Winning Beer and Food Writer and Author

The Business of Beer, Episode 36: Stephen Beaumont – Award-Winning Beer and Food Writer and Author
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In this episode of the Business of Beer with Andy “The Beerman” Coppock, we are joined by Stephen Beaumont, award-winning beer and food writer and author. Stephen joins us for the second time to talk about his latest book, what he thinks about the recent acquisitions, and of course…all things beer and food pairing! If you are a foodie, you don’t want to miss it!

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Show Notes:

  • Learn what craft is really about – tasting and flavor profiles
  • Why Stephen wrote his latest book “The Beer and Food Companion”
  • How this book was 30 years in the making
  • The history of beer and food pairing and how they interact
  • Why French cheeses don’t always pair well with beer
  • The reason bar snacks aren’t a good choice for many beers
  • Why mass market beer tastes different depending on where they are made, regardless of what big brewers tell you
  • Why brewery acquisition press releases are dishonest
  • What the “B” word means for craft brewing
  • The true motivation behind the big brewers buying out craft
  • How big breweries are trying to constrict the supply of materials to craft brewers
  • Is the American 3 tier system broken?
  • Why choice matters for large restaurant groups
  • How restaurants can craft better menus
  • “The beer experience” and what it means
  • Why some food/beer combinations work better than others
  • Beer styles and why they confuse novice drinkers
  • The historical pairing of specific styles and foods
  • Why a region’s beer culture matters when pairing
  • Classic pairing ideas
  • How Stephen got world class chefs to contribute recipes to the book
  • Why beer is the drink of the masses, and how the wine lobby has tried to keep other forms of alcohol down
  • Learn about Stephen’s next project and where to buy his books


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