2011-04-16 18:57:18Real Climate are at it as well
Paul D


The consequences of a warming climate on beer cooling:


2011-04-16 21:45:13Beer infographic
John Cook

I thought the graphic was a bit patronizing - maybe a sign that I'm starting to take things too seriously and perhaps should just chill and have a beer :-)
2011-04-16 22:19:06


I just don't understand how to interpret it.

2011-04-17 07:04:05
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey

Not literally; it's aimed at Joe Six-pack.  Whatever you do, don't read it as a scientist.  It's meant to convey some sense of the impact of a warming world, humorously, to the average person with no higher education.

That's my rede.

Warm Beer

Tagline: If we can pay as much attention to the Earth as we do to our beer, we probably wouldn’t need to worry about global warming.

2011-04-17 14:10:22


I consider myself a "Joe Sixpack" in that I am somewhat of a connoisseur of craft beers. And I agree with nealjking: I don't understand this cartoon at all.

I mean, why is 1960 "inappropriate for most beers" but 1980 "appropriate for some"? Are they saying 1960 was too cold for beer? Many beers are best served ice-cold and even advertised as such. 

The other years don't make much sense either.

Sorry to sound arrogant, but I think I (and other members of SS) could come up with much better beer-climate analogies. Anyone else want to join in?

2011-04-17 15:35:29
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey

I'm not defending their logic, only trying to explain it.  They incorporated Global Warming with an IPCC-style graphic geared toward the masses, in a humorous way.

If you're a beer connoisseur than you are not "Joe Six-Pack"; that Joe drinks Pabst, RWB, Schlitz or Steel City Beer or the like (if it must be a lite beer than he drinks Bud Lite or Miller Lite).  Colt45 is his version of Guiness.  Joe Six-Pack would never read a science blog.

The Joe Six-Packs of the world outnumber us probably a thousand to one.

I'm a microbrew drinker myself, but have friends who fit the mold.

2011-04-17 17:58:31
Glenn Tamblyn



Guiness ain't bad. And if you can get it real Budweiser is great. It comes from the Czech Republic and that other 'Bud' never managed to buy them out.

Dang, those Europeans know how to make good beer.


2011-04-17 18:24:45


I just don't get it.

2011-04-17 18:35:53
Paul D



"And if you can get it real Budweiser is great"

You mean the genuine Czech stuff (Budweiser Budvar), not the imperialist American stuff? :-)
A few years ago the American company took the older Czech company to court and tried to get them to change their name.
They lost. I actually sent the Czech company an email congratulating them, they emailed me back thanking me for the support.

2011-04-18 01:38:18
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey

Apologies if it came aross that I was denigrating Guinness.  I agree that many of the European beers are superior to those in the US (I was partial to Nordik Wolf for a while when I was in Washington DC - The Brickskellar stocks more than 500 beers from all over the world).

Sorry, Neal, I can't explain it other than to think of it as satire.