It's hardly my place to call out another beer blogger but that is what I feel the need to do. Why? This is why:
About 65 per cent of the beer produced at the Oland Brewery is exported outside the Maritime provinces. Maybe with the expansions, we’ll see Keith’s south of the boarder. One can only hope…That was on a website called blogaboutbeer.com that is active on the RSBS beer aggregator. But, see, as a Nova Scotian I grew up on Keith's and whenever I rarely open one or have someone else's draft pass by all I can think of is that table you really didn't want near the washrooms at The Seahorse circa 1987 circa Friday circa 10:37 pm: beer became pee that smelled like pee that smell like beer. Plus Keith's IPA is the most famous IPA that tastes like a lager that does not taste like an IPA. Why would anyone wish that on an unsuspecting nation?
So I do a DNS to figure out who "blogaboutbeer.com" is and I see that there is some sort of political question about bluehost.com out of Utah, the server master that it sits on. Surely that is mere coincidence but there is still a heck of a lot of PR copy going on there, an odd celebration of their 100th post (they use the pronoun "we") as well as some claims to exclusivity - the neighbour of the snob.
Yet this one post from 25 September makes me think - along with a link to BlogPortland - this blogger is from Portland Maine, one of my favorite beer centres and one without a real on-the-ground on-the-bar-stool beer blogger telling its story. Reveal yourself. Tell your story and that of your town if you are from Maine. If you are interested enough to post six posts today, you can move to the next available level and post yourself a review of The Great Lost Bear or an Allagash brew or anything. Maine is the new Oregon.
Not a gauntlet. A welcome mat.