Anyone with any inkling of my online, in-person and blogging presence in the American beer world since 2000, will know that the whole of my beer experience in that time has been colored by, sits against the backdrop of, and forms the awkward juxtaposition to, my English beer heritage and what has been happening the USA in the last few years. Everyone knows that I have been very vocal about this for a very long time, so when it came to thinking about what would be a great ‘Session’ topic, outside of session beer, it seemed like that there could be only one topic; ‘What the hell has America done to beer?‘, AKA, ‘USA versus Old World Beer Culture‘.
So... we have a topic that is about the host of The Session? Thrillsville. Just as putting a dog in a suit jacket and top hat won't add up to Fred Astaire, writing about yourself with lots of references to beer doesn't make for a discussion about beer. And, being a Canadian living on the US border born of Scots with family in the US, China, Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia as well as all over the UK who has worked in Poland and The Netherlands, its readily apparent that the idea of this sort of simplistic strict beery dichotomy is shallow and useless. A little learning is a dangerous thing.
That all being the case, no doubt like you, I look forward to next with some anticipation to Session 80 but also concern for the undermining our gathering monthly has suffered.