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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- TIP: think 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.