I was going to comment over the weekend at Jack Curtain's Liquid Diet on the interesting discussion about whether "session beer" is or isn't... but then I notices something more abstract about whether the beer blog post and comments as a whole. It seems to sum up all internet beer discourse on one webby page. Consider what's all in there:
- It's triggered by an accomplished brewer refuting a beer drinking trend based on that trend not being something the brewer includes in its brands.
- It contains the consideration of whether something is or is not a style, something we will all laugh about years from now just like wide leg jeans and Facebook.
- It includes an Alstrom making himself the center of attention when, again, he isn't personally remotely the point: "I find it laughable when I hear people call Todd and I anti-session beer..." Gee, I hope that doesn't make me a hater.
- It's got a cheeky interjection by Stan.
- It's makes a lot of space for concurrent denial of the existence of session beer as well as broadening of the meaning to the point of meaninglessness: the phrase for "short session" is "not a session."
- It starts out with a classic statement of principle Jay and, then, sees Lew coming in the role of closer pounding the point home.
- It even displays unvolunteered oath bolstering in the name of Martyn Cornell.
What else could there be in there? Mild passive aggression? It's there. Someone leaving an "enough said" and then later going on? It's got it. Note to my kids in 2024: this will make a great footnote in the Master's thesis about how Dad and many of his era wasted his evenings.