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… [read more at Appellation Beer]
As a beer geek it’s not uncommon to feel like the intruder at the party… My intention is not to mock but instead to point out that the ways of the devoted beer hunter can often seem quite foreign to virtually everyone else on the planet. [Read more at Beer Battered…][/ezcol_2third_end]
Alongside Mild, Bitter is the beer style that probably troubles people the most; the definition is broad, somewhat cumbersome and with no ‘sexy’ aspects to it. Yet Bitter defines a UK region like no other.… [Read more at The Good Stuff][/ezcol_2third_end]
In 1987, a pub-owning entrepreneur looked at British brewing and decided it wasn’t working.
Stylishly packaged ranges of bottled beers trumpeting their purity and quality are easy to find these days. Back in 1987, though, bottled beer meant, in most cases, brown or light ale gathering dust on shelves behind the bar in pubs, with labels that appeared to have been designed before World War II. If you wanted to know their ingredients, or their alcoholic strength, tough luck, because the breweries didn’t want to tell you.
A cult beer from Cornwall would play a major role in changing that scene.
When we say ‘longer than usual’, we mean 1,500 words minimum, but we’re aiming for 2,000+ this time.
As before, pro-writers might want to consider using this as an opportunity to give an airing to something from their back catalogue, or publish a piece that’s never found a home.
Our fellow bloggers might want to give their writing muscles a workout, perhaps by conducting research or interviews, and telling a bigger story than they would usually attempt. (That’s how we’re approaching it.)
Or, screw that – just have some fun with a stream of consciousness, personal memoir, a list – whatever.
Last time, we avoided suggesting a Twitter hashtag because, ugh, hashtags, but several innocent bystanders did suggest they’d have welcomed an easy way to find people’s contributions. With that in mind, how do people feel about #beerylongreads?
Now, with astounding arrogance, we present some tips and ideas…
If you pick a big subject, you’ll sail to 1,500 words.
Alternatively, pick a small subject, but go into ludicrous detail – perhaps tell the story of a single grain of malt.
Or go high concept: present a review of a single beer as a round table discussion between ten historical figures.
Go to the library and skim a few books or old newspapers. You’re bound to find a story worth telling.
Michael ‘Beer Hunter’Jackson’s first writing gig was a column called This is Your Pub in a local paper in Yorkshire – why not paint a portrait of your local pub, its history, regulars, and the publicans?
Struggling to make 1,500 words? Drop in one or two 100-word quotes. This is how Norman Davies gets his books up to the requisite fatness.
On Monday 2 September, we’re going to post something a bit longer than usual – at the very least 1,500 words – and we’d love it if you, fellow bloggers and writers, did the same.
This isn’t one of those ‘Days’ (Beer Blogging & Writing Longer than Usual Post Day 2013! Woo!) and, whatever it is, we’re not in charge of it, so there’s no need to use a logo, or Twitter hashtag, or to link to us when you post. If you let us know about your post, though, and we enjoy reading it, we’ll link to you in a round-up piece later that same week. (It’ll be something like this.)
We don’t know exactly what we’re going to write yet, but it might be that piece on women in British brewing since 1963 we’ve had in mind for a while, or a history of the Blue Anchor pub and Spingo brewery at Helston, Cornwall.
If you feel like joining in, you might consider:
something about a pub or brewery in your area
a personal memoir
a revised and/or expanded version of something you’ve already published
Adrian Tierney-Jones has agreed to dig out something from his vast back catalogue and re-release it, perhaps remastered and with bonus tracks; and Leigh Linley has got in mind something about northern footballers and the pubs they owned, which we’re really looking forward to reading.
We’ll post a reminder about this towards the end of August but promise not to nag otherwise.