One of my favorite things about beer writing is how, ultimately, it is not very important. I say that as someone who has spent more than half his days over a number of years trying to get a decent bit of beer writing out the door. But it's the very lightness makes for a great opportunity to catch a moment or turn a phrase. That headline up there is from the notorious R to the S and his giddy glee at finding really good beer at a really good price... even if he has to escape the greying hordes on the next table who start to fart as well as avoid a semi-comatose bloke slumped by the fire escape. Beautiful.
In 2007, I dubbed it the Beer Blogging Explosion when it was actually still such a few few people. Now there are to masses of blogs - like the one run by a guy called Denis from Oxfordshire who seems to run to a pub every other day, take a photo and review what he finds. Craig's doing it. I don't really run a blog roll to capture the links - but you do wonder about all the folk who like to go about thinking about beer and then try to put it into words. Not always deep necessarily but there's clearly an obsession or two on display as well as a good bit of beer pr0n as often as not.
It is most heartening to read these sorts of blogs because there is no aspiration to the voice for beer in relation to [insert a region or gender or something else] nor is the person blatantly working towards a consulting career. For a while there, I thought this sort of personal relationship based diary was going away. Too many pro bloggers. Not true. Biggest problem these days is how to find them.