I have a bunch of work to do around here. Man-o-man. It is tough getting to the point that you realize there is too much going on to actually just sip and review outstanding craft beers.
First, books! I still have to do a proper review of Pete Brown's outstanding Three Sheets to the Wind but I've already received two more books yesterday and one again today. The first is one about what to drink with what food called What to Drink with What you Eat. It looks quite good but is much more about wine than beer. I also got Ambitious Brew : The Story of American Beer which is a pop history but takes an interesting angle, basicially focusing at least at the outset on the 1850s lager revolution as a starting point. Next, I have Xhosa Beer Drinking Rituals: Power, Practice and Performance in the South African Rural Periphery by Patrick A. McAllister. Woot! Free academic texts!
After the books, I am still trying to figure out how to crack the nut of sponsorships. So far I have offers of kegs of ale but I was hoping to find a quality patron, someone or some firm that will help offset my need to travel and buy rarer beers. A far more famous beer writer and I talked about it this week by email and we agreed that for all the money in beer it is amazing how little money there is in beer. I will let you know how we do.
Then there are just the reviews. I have yet to finish the week of nine whites and I have imperial stouts, porters, double IPAs, IPAs, pale ales, fruit beer and a whack of others to lump together and compare. Sunday I hope to hit a new beer spot in Toronto to try out and a week and a half later there will be another to try on the way to the train station after my course. It is all about arranging one's affairs.
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