There were just enough contributions to make this difficult but we managed, after some barely simmering debate, to pick two winners.
Our favourite UK entry was from a new beer blogger, Jim Morphy, whose post ‘The Ale in Wales: a Welsh drinker’s look through the Good Beer Guide 2016’ offers a handy survey of territory we don’t know combined with some interesting commentary on CAMRA’s flagship annual publication. We’ll be in touch by email to sort out a delivery address for the bundle of goodies below. (Disclosure: some of which were sent as samples.)
- A Watney’s Red Barrel half-pint glass
- A set of BrewDog posters, key-ring and stickers
- A set of vintage beer mats from our collection
- A copy of the Mikkeller home-brewing book
- A rare edition of CAMRA’s glossy magazine What’s Brewing from 1981
- The 1978 Good Beer Guide
- A copy of the BFI DVD set Roll Out the Barrel
- A copy of Brew Britannia
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Of the overseas entries, we most enjoyed Andreas Krenmair’s ‘19th Century Brewing Methods in Germany and Austria’ which mined a couple of obscure texts for specific details on how beer was made in several important cities. Home-brewers might find prompts for some interesting experiments therein. We’ll be arranging a prize for Andreas that doesn’t involve couriering a box to Berlin.
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We said we weren’t going to do a round-up but what the heck: here are all the other posts of eligible length (1500 words+) posted to the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.
- Paul Bailey (no relation) — ‘EBBC 2015 — a Pre-Conference Excursion’
- Ed Wray — ‘Heraldry at Brewers’ Hall’
- Gary Gillman — ‘A Look Back At Newman’s Brewery of Albany, NY’
- Jules Gray — ‘Craft Beer as a Subculture’
- Steve Lamond — ‘ALL The Hops’ (a round-up of Irish Double IPAs)
- Alan McLeod — ‘New York: Har(r)ison and Leadbetter, the 1760s Odd Couple’
- Tom Morphy — ‘The Ale in Wales: A Welsh drinker’s look through the Good Beer Guide 2016’
- Oh, and there’s ours, too — ‘The Quiet One’.
Thanks to everyone who kept us company in this exercise especially given how hectic this time of year can be.