Best of Beerylongreads & Next Time

Adapted from SYR by Robert S. Donovan, from Flickr, under Creative Commons.

Starting last September, we’ve prompted four rounds of ‘beerylongreads’ in which we and others aim to produce something longer and more in-depth than usual.

The next is sched­uled for Sat­ur­day 29 Novem­ber (details below).

In the mean­time, of the 50-odd posts that have emerged, these are some of our favourites, in no par­tic­u­lar order.

  1. Leigh Lin­ley on Wells’s Banana Bread Beer (March 2014) – a fresh, sin­cere, enthu­si­as­tic look at a quirky beer that’s far from trendy, but cer­tain­ly not dull.
  2. Chris Hall on hip­ster-bash­ing in British beer (March 2014) – “You won’t see any of them bloody hip­sters in my pub try­ing the real ales, though. They’re all in them bloody Brew­Dog bars, fork­ing out a fiv­er a pint for that murky rub­bish.
  3. Ron Pat­tin­son on Porter between 1815–1850 (Sep­tem­ber 2013) – an epic post of near-book-length which gives a taste of the author’s still-ges­tat­ing mas­ter-work on the his­to­ry of British brew­ing.
  4. Stan Hierony­mus on how get­ting it right takes time (Novem­ber 2013)  – “Not long after Geoff Lar­son dumped the thir­teenth batch of what would even­tu­al­ly be the first brand Alaskan Brew­ing sold he poured out the four­teenth. Then the fif­teenth, and the six­teenth.”
  5. David Bish­op on the state of British home­brew­ing (March 2014) – based on cor­re­spon­dence with oth­er key play­ers, this offers insights into a boom­ing scene with ever-clos­er ties to ‘prop­er’ brew­ing.
  6. Drunk­en Spec­u­la­tion on a cult Aus­tralian beer brand (August 2014) – the sto­ry of Bulim­ba Gold Top, brewed in Brisbane’s sub­urbs in the late 19th cen­tu­ry, using Eng­lish malt and hops from New Zealand, Kent and Bohemia.
  7. And, of our own four con­tri­bu­tions, by far the most-read is this piece on the fond­ly-remem­bered Newquay Steam Beer.

Here’s the deal if you want to join in on 29/11/2014:

  • Write some­thing longer than usu­al. (Our stan­dard posts are 300–700 words long, so we aim for at least 1500 before we con­sid­er it a ‘long read’.)
  • You could just stretch a nor­mal post out by adding lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of unnec­es­sary words, phras­es, sen­tences, and indeed para­graphs. But that’s not quite the point. Instead, choose a sub­ject which requires more words.
  • We’re not in charge and there are no ‘rules’; you can write what you like, post when you like; and you don’t have to men­tion us or link to this blog in your post. (Though of course it would be nice.)
  • If you want us to include your con­tri­bu­tion in our round-up, let us know. The sim­plest way is by Tweet­ing a link with the hash­tag #beery­lon­greads.
  • TIPthink of some­thing you want to read but that doesn’t seem to exist – an inter­view with a par­tic­u­lar brew­er, the his­to­ry of beer in a spe­cif­ic town, the sto­ry of a famous pub – and then write it.
  • Drop us a line if you want advice or just to run your idea past some­one.

Illus­tra­tion adapt­ed from SYR by Robert S. Dono­van, from Flickr, under Cre­ative Com­mons.

3 thoughts on “Best of Beerylongreads & Next Time”

  1. We’re not in charge and there are no ‘rules’; you can write what you like, post when you like

    You mean… we’re all indi­vid­u­als?

    1. Just mak­ing that absolute­ly clear, so para­noid are we about being seen to be using this as an oppor­tu­ni­ty for self-pro­tec­tion. (BTW, our book is avail­able in all good book­shops NOW!)

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