It has been a difficult day at the old beer blog. The latest call for more photos has added more great entries like the one up there sent by Stan today of the cork celebrating its 40th birthday. So, in response, I have just spent the best part of an hour typing madly and sending emails that ask more breweries for more gifts. All I have are bloody stumps for fingers now. Bloody. Stumps. And despite that nagging question of whether gifts are actually deserved (meaning...ummm... are some of those photos really the equal of others?) we are still really keen on maximizing the whole spirit that the very words 2008 Beer Blog Christmas and Yule Photo Contest-a-rama engender every time they are shouted from the rooftops...or whispered in a sleeping child's ear. So if you know of breweries that might like to add themselves to the growing list of the giving, please send along their names and emails. For the record and to continue the thanks we give to each and every one, the prize givers so far include:
Beer-Ritz, Britain's bestest online beer retailer; BrewDog Beer of Scotland; Flying Dog Brewery of Maryland; Beau's All-Natural Brewing of easternest Ontario; Shipyard Brewing of Portland, Maine; Church-key Brewing of Campbellford, Ontario; Roland + Russell, Canadian importers; Jolly Pumpkin of Dexter, Michigan USA; Flossmoor Station Brewing, of Illinois; Widmer Brothers of Portland, Oregon; and Cracked Kettle beer store in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; not to mention Laurelwood Brewing Company, of Oregon; and New Holland Brewing of Michigan; and Maureen Ogle, author of "Ambitious Brew"; and also TAPS, Canada's beer magazine.
Fabulous. Amazing. I will update the gallery soon. By the way, Jeff is cranky - with very good reason, too. We have asked contestants to email photos to both me at firstname.lastname@example.org and also Jeff at email@example.com but also to send their postal addresses to ensure the quickest return of prizes to the winners. Please please Jeff. Send us your addresses, too. Mucho gracias.