Further Additional Extra Administrative Update: Please link to your posts here. Thanks!
Administrative Update: Maureen Ogle has asked this:
Can anyone participate? As in: I've got a response to that question. So is it okay if I "join" the Session for this one session?
As that was placed in the comments, I wanted to make sure the message is clear - yes. The Session is open to all. Thus endeth the Administrative Update.
It will be a happy New Year, won't it. I mean I have to get through one more day of work... then one mad Christmas managing the emotional needs of family... then through New Year's Eve the most horrible of holidays - does anyone ever have a good time? THEN you have to get your submission for The Session ready. Submissions... oh dear God... I haven't even finished the photo contest. I am mad to take this on at this time of year. But Jay was in a pickle as the person who pledged to do Session 95 fell down a well... or was caught in a bad spot and had to take it on the lamb... or something. S/he went AWOL. Or just needed space. So I thought I would do the decent thing and pose the next question for answering on or about 2 January 2015. It is Yule, you know. This is my third go. I did #2 and #50. You can get more of the background from Jay here on how it all works. My question for you is this:
What beer book which has yet to be written would you like to see published?
Make sense? See, I co-authored three books which were published in 2014 and now know what a mug's game it is. In fact, there was very positive talk of another at a more advanced level. But it was not a piece of work that was within the reach of the budget if a proper job was to be done. Travel and hotel costs to allow for research. Time away from work. We wanted to do the complete thing. No rush around the world or the internets for a skipping stone study would do. So it wasn't done. It may yet be but at this point it's on the back burner. Now that I know this I realize that resources may well stand between many a good author and many many more good readers. Does good beer suffer overall because of it? I have no doubt that it does. It's all a bit "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" when you think about it, isn't it. Chill penury, indeed! We know the tale. Status confers voice. Voice sets the rules. Rules grant status. Repeat. Anyone for six more comprehensive style guides with a section on food and beer pairings? Really? You get my point.
So... on January 2, 2015 let the fates know your that you know of their cruelty. What is the book you would want to write about good beer? What book would you want to read? Is there a dream team of authors your would want to see gathered to make that "World Encyclopedia of Beer and Brewing"? Or is there one person you would like to see on a life long generous pension to assure that the volumes flow from his or her pen? Let us know. Publish your post and leave a note in the comments below. Because I am afflicted by a spam bot that cannot be fixed, I will approve all comments at one go. So be patient with me. Any questions? Pose them to me on Twitter care of @agoodbeerblog. Let's see how that works.