There have been many things written over the last few days and weeks by beer bloggers, folk seeking to sum things up. Is there something to it? I am not that prone to the naval gaze myself. Why else would I go on an on so recklessly - or perhaps just dimly - around these parts for over a decade? Reflection? Maybe I should should consider it or at least consider what's been said, to take the measure of the zeitgeist:
-> ATJ looks ahead at where beer writing may be going and suggests new media need to be matched by new forms of beer writing.
-> Pete, in the comments at ATJ's place, ominously looks back and notices that contracts for actual beer books are drying up. A tad ominous.
-> Max wants to write in a new way, too. New forms of reviewing and narratives. Sounds good but is there a market for that even if it is a pleasure to do all the writing?
-> Boak and Bailey have been reflecting upon change a bit more implicitly, asking whether it is beer that needs editing and reviewed the ghosts of beer media past. They are being coy, methinks.
-> Jeff has posted about seven trends he sees going on. Me? I stopped having kids at three knowing I'd never be able to keep all their names in my head at one time. Hey! I made the discussion in the comments.
-> Mr B has tweeted that "craft beer is NOT in danger of over-saturation, in the US or anywhere else." So stop saying it is. Stop it. Now.
Is there a pattern? Certainly lots of exploring going on. Except for whether craft beer is in danger of over saturation. Not saying anything like that. Nope. No way. But maybe there is some sorta change a coming. As long as blog comment blackout is on around here, I am certainly rethinking the medium. Plus I am in the middle of co-ing those three books. One soon, one late spring, one summer. Will anyone buy them? Will I care? I think that is the thing for me, I assume this obsessive writing is a bit of a problem. For me. And maybe for others, too. Then I surprise myself. Or others do. That the topic is beer is a bit of a sideshow. Today? I spent an inordinate number of hours today trying to figure out how many people who were brewers in the Niagara-on-the-Lake, Upper Canada of 1796 wanted out of there bad, I counted two and a half. Isn't that a problem? Reminds me a bit of whether craft beer is in danger of over saturation. Umm... no it doesn't. Not at all.
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