I can't say that I am entirely focused on good beer today - being a Red Sox fan since my second cousin-in-law took me and my brothers to this game 40 years ago. Took the kids to see the same teams play there this summer. Tonight is the sixth game of the World Series at the same Fenway Park. I am a little excited. My own socks are red. My t-shirt has the starting pitchers name on back. OK, I have a little issue alright? Anyway, the world of beer revolves even if time stops for Fenway. This is what's been happening:
=> It's been two years from the publication of the Oxford Companion to Beer and the resulting corrections wiki. Yet today the knives came out and... all that happened was some sort of hari-kari as Horst Dornbusch oddly decided to post wildly sweeping and accusatory comments while admitting the whole project went waaaay off the rails. As a polite man I know says at moments like this, Horst appears to have been very tired when he hit the comment button.
=> In more interesting news, Ron joined Twitter.
=> This month's edition of The Session was announced for this Friday and the topic is women in beer. I will post again as I have for every month but I am not sure what I will bring to the subject. Our research in the history of brewing in both Ontario and the upper Hudson river valley of New York has not revealed a legacy of brewsters if only because the institutional nature of settlement in each region. I will have to go back and have a closer look see.
=> I like the Hallowe'en story posted by Boak and/or Bailey. I like their experimentation with beery fiction even more. I am two-thirds of the way through the second draft of the Alan and Max Book and it's sustaining the narrative flow that's got most of my attention. Beer and bars and other aspects of drinking life attract as many tired clichés in fiction as they do in non-fiction... not to mention the first bullet point above again. Unpacking the argument through the structures of light fiction is a challenge but a fun one.
=> Speaking of writing about beer Mike Malone, who moonlights as a full time professional writer including for The New York Times, has published Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room, a collection of his essays from the brewery's writer-in-residence project. Given all the ways craft beer does not really support writing about good beer, Mike's work and Captain Lawrence's patronage provide an all too rare "day in the life" sort of take on good beer. More when I get the review copy from my second cousin once removed in law... figure it out.
There you go. Game is about to begin. Sox are out in the field. First pitch is a strike.