Mash Tun

I recently read two issues of Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal (2012 and 2013, or 2 and 3), which I got via Good Beer Hunting.

I must say that I truly enjoyed them and am looking forward to next year’s issue.

They are soft cover format of approx. 9.5” x 5.5”, and of about 150 pages plus a few more ads for beers/breweries or Chicago-area bars. They are printed on heavy-duty newsprint and while mainly black-and-white do contain a fair bit of color, to include color photos.

Both of these issues contain an Introduction and the following sections: History, Lessons, Places, Conversations and Interviews, The Art of Beer (or Drinking), and Off the Shelf.

Assuming I am able to purchase next year’s issue I will. But if the editing does not improve I may not buy another one after that. The editing did improve from issue 2 to issue 3, so I do have hopes for the next issue. But at $8 an issue I expect far better than what was on display. The articles were definitely interesting but simple proofreading should have caught most of what I noticed.

Some of the articles include:

  • History:
    • The Accidental Anarchist: Beer’s Connection to the Haymarket Bomb by Paul Durica (2012)
    • A Ghost of Beer’s Past: S.E. Kiser’s 1912 Battle Cry Against Prohibition by Michael Kiser (2012)
    • Illinois’ Nazi Brewers?: Was Pilsen’s Schoenhofen Brewery A Front? By Paul Durica (2013)
  • Lessons:
    • About Esters by Dave Kahle (2013)
    • Strange Brew: Sake Only Seems Foreign by Erin Drain (2013)
  • Places:
    • Chicago’s Underground Homebrew Counter-Culture by Jessica Murphy (2012)
    • On The Way To Hop Head Farms by Bob Benenson (2012)
    • Bedrinken: In the Port of Amsterdam by Ed Marszewski (2913)
  • Conversations & Interviews:
    • A Conversation with Master Brewer Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker by Ed Marszewski (2012)
    • A Conversation with Gary Fish of Deschutes Brewery by Ed Marszewski (2013)
  • The Art of Beer/Drinking:
    • Geography in a Glass: The History of Porter by Kyle smith & Sarah Morton (2012)
  • Off the Shelf:
    • Review: Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch by Jeriah Hildwine

All in all, I considered them to be a good purchase and interesting reads. I do hope that the editing continues to improve. If you get a chance, have a look and see what you can find of interest.