Saturday morning. I am pretty sure this is Contest day nine. Or C9 as we refer to it around the house. Twelve to go in the 2012 Xmas and Yule, Hogmanay and Hanukkah Beer Photo Contest. I've been rooting through the truck of swag that's been sent my way over the last while. Clothes, books, glassware - that sort of thing - and have updated the list of contest gifts. Not sure England's Nate Southwood of Booze Beats + Bites is going to win one - yet - as, after some discussion, we both agreed the photo to the right is actually a picture of a glass... of wine. But he is going to work on it and send in more. Because he aches for prizes like these:
♦ Stephen Beaumont, he who has been Blogging at the World of Beer, has pledged a signed copy of his new book The World Atlas of Beer reviewed here.
♦ Alistair Reece of the blog Fuggled has pledged the gift of some Fuggled merchandise for a happy winner this year.
♦ From Maine's Gritty McDuff''s, a black t-shirt with the Hop Angel's logo. Sized M or S. Pretty S for an M. Been so long since I was either, can't really tell.
♦ And, has been the case for so many years, Ontario's Roland and Russell are offering a gift pack of gifts for some artsy beer nerd. This is a gift that needs a meet up so, practically speaking, it's available to anyone within a drive of the west end of Lake Ontario. Which includes WNY and Erie Co., PA as long as you can cross the border to take advantage of the prize.
A black Nøgne Ø golf shirt, sized XXL. But a fairly short XXL. Just saying.
♦ Jeff Alworth of Portland, Oregon and the blog Beervana has pledged a few copies of his Beer Tasting Tool Kit as well as some other treats.
A Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner bike shirt in blue, size XXL but a very allegedly XXL that I would think is more L.
♦ Max Bahnson who entered the seven photos above also submitted his pledge of a Maximum Max Goodie Bag of a copy of his book Prague: A Pisshead's Pub Guide as well as a rare opportunity to get yourself to Prague and buy him beer. [Legal Disclaimer: the duration of said meeting is entirely up to Max but is heavily conditional on the supply of beer provided to Max during said meeting.]
From Narragansett... a tie. Woot. No sleeves. No pockets. Just your standard neck tie.
♦ And last but certainly not lease, Stan Hieronymus of Appellation Beer has offered copies of his book "Brew Like a Monk" as well as his upcoming "For the Love of Hops". Fabulous additions to the pledge pool.
How's that? More entries needed at this point. I still have to hit up brewers and authors on your behalf but we are rolling along nicely. Send your pledges and photo entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.