This post has been inspired by Pub Curmudgeon’s suggestion that beer blogging is a bit sluggish at the moment, its energy perhaps having been sapped by Twitter.
On the one hand, he’s right — some stalwarts have slowed down in recent months and certain topics seem to come up time and again, the same points being hammered home with nothing new being added. (Maybe we’ve been guilty of this ourselves.)
On the other, for each blog that peters out, a new one pops into existence, and we have certainly found plenty of interesting reading in the last few weeks.
- Curmudgeon’s piece on Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw’s book about cider and Jeff ‘Beervana’ Alworth’s on the new Pocket Beer Guide, like all good reviews, are interesting in their own right.
- Facetious attempts to define craft beer from Ed and Rob gave us plenty of food for thought: amid the sarcasm are grains of truth about both what ‘craft beer’ means and the tensions it has revealed in the industry.
- Serial letter-writer Keith Flett also blogs about all sort of things including beer. We enjoyed this post about the arrival of Black IPA in that most British, middle-class, middle-of-the-road supermarkets, Marks & Spencer.