Monday in the second week of September is the sort of day that little attaches to except a sense of foreboding. Six months from now? Still in mid-February. For a date that's still in summer, sure seems like the rush towards the days of darkness is on - what with the seasonal autumn ales as well as the odd Christmas displays in some of the discount shops. They should switch the name of the month to second June, le dieuxieme juin - or shift it to that of a elvish King, lord of eternal plenty. Maybe that would stop the selling of pumpkin ales next to cut price suntan lotion:
- It is being reported widely that the founder of the drinks firm that makes everything from Sam Adams lager and concoctions like Twisted Tea is extremely wealthy. Not having been on the junket on the man's dollar I cannot say whether he is swell or a jerk or what but the story does make a point as to the utter uselessness of the term craft. Hence the mathematical certainty "micro > craft" which promises neither are any good... but at least the first means small.
- Good to see that my post for The Session irritated the host. There may be hope.
- An interesting quotation at Boak and Bailey's from one of England's longer serving small brewers. The new breweries keep coming. I suppose there is lots of room for infill in small towns and suburbs as well as nanos attached to pubs. Which would be fine. It would likely have the effect of increases the chances of running into fresh, lower strength, un-aged beer that tastes like, you know, beer.
- Jeff describes the problem an author faces reviewing a new book on much the same field as your own pending book. Max and I have no such problem as no one before us has had the necessary lack of common sense required to finish, as we appears to just have finished, the first draft of the Alan and Max Book of Beer. Think The Compleat Angler meets The Pink Panther with a big helpings of Faust, Falstaff and Finnegans Wake all in a mapled mate coating. Save up your nickels.
So what would September ale be like anyway? Would late summer ale come with mature flavours from twiggy Fuggles hops and lighter crystal malts?