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Tim Beauchamp's blog http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=blog/1 en Lost in Translation (an international game of Telephone) http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/455 <p>I was inspired, or maybe obsessed, by a poorly translated fortune in a fortune cookie. It as obviously a very profound phrase, I assume, prior to being translated into English. But now, it was odd.</p> <p><a href="http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/455" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/455#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 17:47:17 +0000 Tim Beauchamp 455 at http://www.openfermenter.com Reinheitsgebot be Damned http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/454 <p>As far as I am concerned, the <em>Reinheitsgebot</em>, or the &quot;<b>German Beer Purity Law</b>&quot;, can go take a hike.</p> <p><a href="http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/454" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/454#comments Tue, 18 May 2010 14:20:24 +0000 Tim Beauchamp 454 at http://www.openfermenter.com Old World Spirits, New World business plans http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/453 <p><strong>This ain't your fathers gin.</strong> </p> <p>Close your eyes and picture a successful distillery and maker of fine spirits. If you see, in your minds eye, a huge distillery/factory that churns out gallons and gallons of well drinks, you missed the part where I said &quot;Fine&quot; spirits.&#160;&#160; If you are picturing a large copper still, nestled in a stone and brick building, surrounded by fields of grain the for mash or rolling vineyards for the brandy, well, your still not picturing the new breed of distillery.</p><p><a href="http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/453" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/453#comments Sun, 18 Apr 2010 03:17:16 +0000 Tim Beauchamp 453 at http://www.openfermenter.com Apparently, I wasn't ready for 2010 http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/452 <p>My last blog entry was all about being done with 2009, ready for 2010, and not feeling the need to set any New Years resolutions. I felt that I was ready to tackle 2010 head on and be so completely productive that the World would be my oyster .</p> <p>Well, judging by the fact that it has been 35 days since that post, and my first entry since then is this one, describing how I have not posted anything, I would have to say that 2010 might need a reboot f0r me.</p> <p><a href="http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/452" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/452#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2010 16:40:07 +0000 Tim Beauchamp 452 at http://www.openfermenter.com 2009 was a full year. Now I am ready for 2010 http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/451 <p>I was looking back over my end of year post last year. <a href="http://littlewinery.blogspot.com/2008/12/end-of-year-for-this-amateur-winemaker.html" target="_blank">(blog post)</a> It listed things that I accomplished, things I failed to accomplish, and a bunch of things that didn’t really fit into either category.&#160; After looking over last year and comparing it to this year, I realize that they could almost me the same year!</p> <p><a href="http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/451" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/451#comments Fri, 01 Jan 2010 00:04:36 +0000 Tim Beauchamp 451 at http://www.openfermenter.com Wine and Food Pairing. You are probably here by mistake. http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/450 <p>I need to rant a bit, so bear with me. But first, let me just let everyone know that if you came here to find out what wine goes with what food, you are probably at the wrong place.</p> <p>A fantastic dish, complimented by a wine that seems to fit it like a glove is rare, but when you find it, is an experience you will not soon forget. Where things get crazy is when people start coming up with simple rules of what wines go with which food.</p> <p><a href="http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/450" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/450#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2009 05:08:36 +0000 Tim Beauchamp 450 at http://www.openfermenter.com Corked! (the movie) http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/191 <p><img title="corkedthemovie" style="border: 0px none ; display: inline;" alt="corkedthemovie" src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_HX7ZYOR3xQU/SmuSX9XS-qI/AAAAAAAAALI/C0kNRM4Q37I/corkedthemovie_thumb%5B8%5D.jpg?imgmax=800" width="164" border="0" height="244" /><br /> After waiting for the arrival of the new mockumentary Corked! to show near me, and after the friendly twitter prodding from the producer to convince me that it would be worth putting off seeing Food, Inc in order to see his film first, I went to the independent film’s San Jose debut last night at the downtown Cinema 3. I am so very glad I did. Distribution of Corked!, limited as it is, probably meant that I might not get another chance to see the film before it comes out on DVD, while Food, Inc comes with a preset following and will be showing in the area for a while.</p> <p><a href="http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/191" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/191#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2009 23:23:11 +0000 Tim Beauchamp 191 at http://www.openfermenter.com Winemakers Make Things You Can Hold http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/50 <p>I think back growing up in the 70’s. My dad was true renaissance man in my eyes. He was a mechanic, a plumber, an electrician, a rancher, a teacher, and a fireman. He could fix anything. He had a garage full of tools and he taught me to use them all. Our trucks always had mud caked on them from our ranch where we grew grapes and citrus. I learned to drive on a Ford 400 tractor and at the end of the day, after spending time doing things on the ranch, I was tired and slept like a log.</p> <p><a href="http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/50" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/50#comments Wed, 27 May 2009 06:20:38 +0000 Tim Beauchamp 50 at http://www.openfermenter.com The Beverage industry doesn't need to be recession proof, just resistant. http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/49 <p>The common Wisdom has always been that the beverage industry, beer, wine and liquor, is recession proof. That when times get bad, people drown their sorrows in adult beverages. Well, that common belief seems to be wrong, on the whole. Maybe this recession is just worse than the last few we have had. Maybe it is hitting more broadly across the demographics. Maybe the past is not a good predictor of the future. Or, maybe the pundits and economists don't know what the heck they are talking about. Maybe the answer is "E": All of the Above.</p> <p><a href="http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/49" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/49#comments Wed, 20 May 2009 07:46:54 +0000 Tim Beauchamp 49 at http://www.openfermenter.com Why Does the Beverage Industry Seem to “Get” Social Marketing? Because It Always Has. http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/48 <p>It makes sense. Wine and food have always been about people sharing an activity with other people. Wine and food is best experienced with friends. Even when you’re with people you don’t know, wine and food seems to spark the conversation, lower the firewalls, provide the commonality for a shared experience that, many times, leads to discussion and friendships.</p> <p><a href="http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/48" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openfermenter.com/?q=node/48#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 03:24:43 +0000 Tim Beauchamp 48 at http://www.openfermenter.com