A Good Beer Blog


Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Stan Hieronymus -


I was at the same table with Jay for the closing banquet last night and there was an empty chair you could have had.

It reinforced what I saw scores of times over four days: "those who open and then experience what others have created" include brewers themselves.

To me that certainly is one of the attractions of writing about brewers.

Alan -

While I am inordinately against gurus, it is not that I am not uninterested in brewers but it is such a luxury in that few beer drinkers will have a real relationship with brewers. While we can generally spot an uninventive, boring or lazy brewer, we do not really know them through their works. We only learn of the works themselves. The interesting thing about beer - and perhaps distinct from any other craft or art - is that the act of individual personal consumption <i>is</i> when the craft is realized. But as you say, perhaps among the most intelligent of consumers are the best of the brewers themselves.

Stonch -

Perhaps we need a beer blogger convention some day?

Alan -

That would be fun but, like transporting beer, expensive. Like the Big Brew held by the US homebrewers organization, however, there could be a linked event. I have a circle of beer lovers here and I suspect you do too. There could be hubs of activity that are linked through a website reporting back on the global convention taking place everywhere, right where each person lives.

Donavan -

I don't have a consistent approach to writing about beer, but for the most part I tend to go in quietly and keep a low profile and write about the beer/brewery/pub from the perspective of the guy in the street. There are a few exception because I can't avoid meeting brewers indefinitely. I expect that "being known to the brewer" is an occupational hazard of being an amateur beer writer, but that's certainly not why I write about beer.

By contrast I recall that Pete Brown managed to score interviews and special tours on just about every continent in Three Sheats. He still managed to capture the everyman experience, but covered the insider angle also.

I'm sure a beer blogger conference could be piggy-backed as a special session during one of the bigger events. I'd be game for any model. One way to do it cheap would be to desinate a hotel/lodge/B&B etc near a staged festival. Meet-up, do the festival, then have a blogger BS session back at the hotel/lodge/B&B.

Stan Hieronymus -

Stonch - At the Jerusalem, right?

Alan -

Now <i>that</i> would be good. How do we get sponsors to pay for the flights?

Donavan Hall -

New York to London is fairly cheap. I'm there. What's the date?

Stonch -

Yes Stan, there's a back room at the Jerusalem that would do the trick nicely ;-)

I hear NYC gets nice in Spring though...

Stan Hieronymus -

Stonch - I checked out the back room last year. It doesn't take long to see the whole pub ;>)

Donavan - Albuquerque to London costs a little more :<(

Besides, I can tell that Stonch is itching to try American beer.

Alan -

We need an IT solution even if we bring Stonch over on a beer tour of the USA.

Knut Albert -

Thanks for the thoughtful words, Alan. I tend to do as Donavan, go in quietly and be someone just off the street. But sometimes I e-mail a micro brewery and interact a bit more, and sometimes I get chatting if I turn up on a quiet afternoon and the guy behind the bar sees me taking notes. The micro brewers here in Norway know my name (and some my face), and there is the occational sample or t-shirt coming my way. I have a special relationship with the Panil brwery in Italy, but that's about it. I pester some importers/distributors here in Norway, but they probably think I am more of a nuicance!

I am active in the forums at ratebeer, which is fan based. Some of us have tastings after hauling home rarities from around the globe, and it also a network where you can find someone to have a pint with when you are travelling.

What I like with beer blogging is that I can be enthusiastic (most of the time), but I can also write pieces putting down what I feel are stupid moves in the beer world. The destruciton of the legacy of Young's of London, for excample. If I did this for a living, I would have to be more polite. Nor to craft producers who don't get their products right. But to Diago, Carlsberg, Heineken and the other members of the Axis of Lager.

I get feedback from (small) brewers. They google their beers and find my blog. I enjoy that.