OK, it's starting to be the fun end of this six month's project. The history of Ontario's brewing industry, Ontario Beer: A Heady History of Brewing from the Great Lakes to the Hudson Bay written with Jordan comes out tomorrow and the upcoming history of Albany and Upper Hudson brewing written with Craig is now in the final stages of index typo editing. And the second installment of the The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts from Max and me is well underway. Almost a year ago, I wrote about the prospect of writing three different books with three different co-authors with lots of overlap a lot in process and even a bit in substance. I have to wonder if I am interviewed about the regulation of beer in the post-temperance period in Ontario whether I might respond about the bit where I found myself hungover on a steamship crashing into a rocky shoreline.
I am not sure what I will do with myself. I have few plans other than a trip to see family in Scotland later this summer as well as grow some lettuce. Mr. Excitement. There are some events in late September around the Albany book and we are crossing fingers over the Ontario book's reception with the prospects of media interviews. Odd having two very different scales of geographical footprints. I do not expect to visit Kenora or Moose Factory though both do measure in the book.
I do have a couple of book ideas, though. See if they play out. Maybe even one by myself though it is good to have someone to tell me an idea sucks or is a pleasant surprise that builds upon another idea not yet put down in writing. Max and Al need to get into more trouble. Things have gotten more weird out there with Stan now wondering if "local" is a fad on the way to a new host of international corporate brewing conglomerates... just now they use the adjective "craft" to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Its weird out there. But, as the other two books prove, it always has been.