That is Paul Bergeman at the Laurelwood Brewing Co. of Portland Oregon. Matt Wiater, Senior Editor with www.portlandbeer.org sent it in. Isn't it loverly? I thought so. Then I thought about what else he could do for the contest so I hit him up to help gather more prizes for the 2008 Yule Beer Blog Photo Contest Extravaganza and - WHAMMO!!! - Mike De Kalb, owner of Laurelwood Brewing Company, is offering a prize. So is Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew. So is TAPS, Canada's beer magazine. Whammo, WHAMMO, WHAMMO!!! So, too, are others whose gifties for the good I will list in full between now or the end of the weekend. It is nutty how great this is all turning out but it is the season. People want to take photos and people want to give prizes. It's a big happy beery circle of Yule-laced elvishness.
Only one problem: we need more. More photos and more prizes. It's easy for me and Jeff of Stonch's Beer Blog, the globe's most famous publican. So amazingly easy. Because we...do...nothing. We take no photos and get not prizes. We are just directing the postal deliveries. We are merely the directors of beery-joy-by-mail. But we need more. Make us giddy. Email your photos of anything related to beer as well as your pledges of prizes to both me at firstname.lastname@example.org and also Jeff at email@example.com. Never mind that they are Polaroid snapshots or just have an empty 1973 Molson Golden in the shot. We don't care. We want to share.
More please. Two and a half weeks to go. We can handle it. We are good at this. GO!