It was only a matter of time. London-based IntelligentX Brewing Company announced plans in 2016 to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to brew beer. Presumably better beer, but we will have to wait and see.1 Starting with four base beer stlyes (Amber, Golden, Pale, and Black [stout?]), targeted consumer preference questions and Artificial Brewing Intelligence (ABI, read abbey, like the beer making monks; get it?) the company aims to leverage technology to more quickly and fully match beer batches with people’s tastes. Feedback questions are descriptive, explain... [Read More]
Tippling with Randomness
Flip ya, flip ya for real.
Whether currently in a rut or not one can imagine being bored by having the same thing over and over. Variety is one of the things that makes drinking craft beer great, but even with plenty of options it is common to fall into a predictable pattern, if not with a specific beer then at least a style (I am looking at you IPA). It is worthwhile giving yourself an opportunity, even a chance (“so you’re telling me there’s a chance”), of trying something new. Glomming on too quickly... [Read More]
On the Hume-ility of Beer Taste
The Amiable Scottish Skeptic says 'Choose better beer'
Every person wishes to know and to know more. We are creatures that came to dominate and step outside of the food chain not as a result of our strength but our intelligence and social coordination. We cannot outrun most animals, have pitiful claws, short teeth, and weak muscles. We can strategize and work in groups. Our knowledge, its accumulation, is the greatest advantage over the rest of the animal kingdom. People too often take for granted that we stand outside and apart from other animals but taking the time... [Read More]
Causal Impact, Not so Much
GABF Medals Bolster Reputations NOT Search Interest
Intro The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the premier beer festival and awards competition in the United States, possibly the world. Breweries and brewers display their wins proudly and for good reason, especially with the explosion in the number of breweries, entrants, and the subsequent competition in recent years. The GABF is no fringe occasion as it may have been from 1983-86, when just three places were awarded in a sole category, compared to the 288 award winners across 90+ categories in 2016.1 Despite the... [Read More]
Data Guide for the Beer Perplexed IV
Part IV - Graphs and Paths
Motivation If handed a pale ale and in the other hand you hold a stout it should be simple enough to identify differences.1 These observations would be fairly common and not overly informative. Being introduced to beers in this ham handed manner would not be productive to identifying similarities instead of differences or trying to get from one beer style to another in an instructive way. It would be more helpful to home in on a style you enjoy and branch off steadily from there. There will... [Read More]
Drought, Draughts, and Decency
Bar Stool Pontifications on Singer's FAM
Data Source: danielgaudard Neither Ignore nor Deny the Suffering in the World Can we justify drinking beer, even quality fantastic beer, in a world of suffering or does this mark us out as negligent and indulgent people?1 I’ve had thematically similar questions come to mind from time to time but only recently has the idea of suffering coupled with drinking good beer come to a head. The reason being threefold, my enjoyment of good beer, a... [Read More]
TED2 - It's okay to start freaking out about AI, like yesterday
Keyser Söze Derails a Constructed Debate Around AI & Makes Things Emotional
Intro AI development has reached a point where it is no longer the concern solely of researchers, this paper being a case in point. The impacts of greater information processing, robotics, automation and autonomous systems have far reaching consequences that extend to all present societies and likely all future generations. The ability of citizens to inform themselves and speak intelligently on the matter is crucial for devising inclusive policy responses to changes in economics, politics and culture. Consider this just one more crank’s foray into an increasingly fashionable field... [Read More]
Another Summer Bummer?
A Look at NYC 311 Calls re Drankin'
Whatchya got in that cup? Man, whatchya got in that cup? Everyone likes a drink now and again. You can’t help it if others don’t always appreciate the difficult week, new promotion, recent break up, or birthday celebration of the moment that has brought on a little imbibing. Apparently, some people can be so bothered by this form of expressiveness that they feel the need to have someone step in. That is where a “friendly” 311 call comes in. With summer officially starting today I looked to last year’s... [Read More]
Why are there no brothers on the wall?
Forget the Images, Let's Own the Wall
I am a boxing fan, someone who appreciates beer, and a lover of books. I could not tell you why it has taken me such an inexcusably long time to do a piece on books. Maybe I’m just fashionably late, even to my own party. This comes as no surprise to myself or anyone who knows me. ‘Better late than never’ will be my next tattoo, if i ever get around to it. Be that as it may we are here now. An intuitive approach to analyzing books might deal... [Read More]
Data Guide for the Beer Perplexed III
Part III - Beer Descriptors
How would you describe this? Data: BreweryDB / Vis Source: Mike Bostock Many who begin their beer adventures and step outside the “comfort” of the golden piss pushed by the global players, most especially the males amongst them, get carried away by IBU’s, as witnessed in part by the explosion and sustainability of IPA as a top category. For many the style is a gateway, a steady go-to, or just something to fall back on... [Read More]
Did you tap that?
NYE Weekend Kegs (2017)
What’s Popping? It’s not just champagne that’s bubbling up on New Year’s Eve. Craft beer has classed up the joint so much that beer ain’t just for breakfast anymore. With so many styles and producers to choose from you’ll undoubtedly be able to find a perfect pour to go with that midnight chime and kiss. Curious to get an idea how prevalent this possible phenomenon was, and by location, I looked around for a lighthearted way to... [Read More]
Experts? Pfff, ... a season long digression
We'll Put Their Name to the Test
Experts Know Things, Right? What we hope to discover in this season-long investigation into American football game predictions is which major outlet has the best brain trust. By major outlet we mean the networks that carry the games, CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC,1 and best, at least initially, will be determined by how well the respective crews, as a collective, do against game results. Game results should be self explanatory and in addition we will be looking at performance against the spread (using SportsLine), where... [Read More]