I wrote an extended Instagram post about beer selfies. The shortest way i can put it is that, given that I follow so many beer drinkers, I’d like to encourage everyone to participate in more beer selfies. To be fair and honest, I totally overdo the beer selfies, but that’s more about my vanity and the amount of drinking I do than anything else. The point is, though, that I already know what beer looks like. I’d like to see you enjoying it. Beyond that, it is important to participate in a real and personal way (I like to think) in the cyber beer community.

This week’s stories include that, glow in the dark beer and a ton of other fun things. In Re: The BWS Podcast Sorry, group, but we didn’t get a show done this week. Next week for sure. Promise.

Glow in the dark beer has arrived

For homebrewers who are into cultivating their own yeast, a biochemist has added a new wrinkle. He’s selling a genetic modification package that will allow brewers to make their yeast glow under blacklight. It’s part of a larger plan to make genetic engineering fun and more widespread.

This Biohacker Wants to Spur a Genetic Engineering Revolution With Glowing Beer

If you ask Josiah Zayner, the genetic engineering revolution will not come in the form of designer babies or mutant super crops, but in the form of a bottle of glowing beer. Zayner is a biohacker. Once a synthetic biologist at NASA, a few years ago he quit his job to bring science to the masses.

Grow local

I’ve always maintained that beer doesn’t have a terroir, but that might not be true in another generation or so. States and universities are partnering with local farmers all over the country to see about producing hops and barley that can be grown locally.

Spartans, science, history and beer all collide in this New Holland brew

HOLLAND, MICHIGAN- You can taste a bit of history right now at New Holland Brewing’s Pub on 8th. The brewery has partnered with Michigan State University Extension and Pilot Malt House to create a beer using a barley that hasn’t been grown here in over 60 years.

How complex is this? We’ll ask Doug

For those of you who don’t know, this weekly roundup is the basis of stories for the Beer with Strangers podcast. There are some stories that my co-host Doug, is just much more qualified to comment on, this is one of them.

Fulton Beer Introduces The Culture Project * thefullpint.com

(Minneapolis, MN) – We are proud to introduce the Culture Project, a new family of Fulton beers created by mixed culture fermentation. Culture Project beers are born from multiple types of microorganisms, including Brettanomyces and acid-producing bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. Culture Project beers commonly age for several months to a year or more …

Running the numbers

America has reached 5,000 breweries (and more 2016 beer numbers)

As much as we love gazing into our crystal balls and divining what happened in the beer world in 2016, data provide the best frame for retrospective discussions on the year. As our list of the Top 25 beers of 2016 illustrates, this was an amazing year to be a beer drinker.

You don’t have to be as pretty as me to share your beer photos

Don’t get me wrong, I take a lot of selfies because I’m a budding narcissist, but beer selfies are different. I’m not nuts about beer photos without the drinker in them. I see a lot of them on all the beer social media accounts I’m involved with. They’re usually a little boring. This isn’t a dig at my beer photo taking friends, mostly it’s just a preference. That said, let me make the case for beer selfies. Beer selfies are more personal. This is me, this is the beer I’m drinking and how I feel about it. Also, I feel like it’s the difference between doing a commercial and participating in a larger community. I mean, Drink what you like and be happy, but at lease consider putting people in your beer photos. Or at least your favorite animal occasionally. You don’t have to be a jerk about it like I am, but let’s see your smiling face occasionally.

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Author: Tony Russo

Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

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