Can it be? I never thought there was a chance I would spend some of my Christmas holidays In Baltimore but I got this email yesterday:
Dear Contributors:Careful readers will remember that I was invited by Steven Hales of the Department of Philosophy at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania on his collection of essays Beer and Philosophy and provided a chapter entitled "Beer and Autonomy". Here is the index of chapters each of which was written by a different contributor.
I'm delighted to tell you that our publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, will be hosting a launch party for Beer and Philosophy and the companion books Wine and Philosophy and Food and Philosophy. The party will be at The Wharf Rat Brewpub in Baltimore on December 27. It starts at 6:00 pm and goes until closing; we have the entire place to ourselves. There will be open wine, open Oliver's microbrewed draft beer, and piles of hors d'oeuvres and finger foods. Naturally, as contributors, you are all invited to attend for free. Noncontributors are also invited to attend for the nominal cost of $25. So tell your friends and colleagues.
Now it's Miller...err...free craft beer time. And crab cakes! Surely that is enough to barter my days off at a steep discount with colleagues who ski, enough to risk the winter white knuckle drive with the family through squinting though an Appalachian blizzard for the Lehigh Tunnel. As you might have noticed yesterday, I got out Lew's last book Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Breweries for some tips to start the planning. I have never been to Baltimore but any US city that can win Canada's second best sports trophy must be good enough for me.