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Friday, February 16, 2007

Beer Blogging Day: March 2nd Kicks Off Monthly Event

Author, journalist, blogger and good guy Stan Hieronymus of Appellation Beer has come up with an interesting idea that appears to be gaining some traction in the beer blogging world. Borrowing from similar wine and food blog-ins, Stan is organizing a monthly themed beer blogging day on the first Friday of every month. He's still trying to work out the name, but he has selected the topic for the inaugural event on March 2nd: Not Your Father's Irish Stout.

Bloggers are encouraged to post that day on stout with a simple ground rule from Stan: blog "about any stout that isn’t Guinness, Murphy’s or Beamish (the Irish old guard - good beers but we’re writing about others)." He will collect all of the links and post them on his site, which you can reach through my blog roll.

It sounds like an interesting project and I love the fact that stout is the first style out of the gate. It is a favorite of mine, which presents a bit of a problem since I'm having trouble deciding which brew to cover. The beer I write about may be a last minute selection, because the styles of stout vary quite a bit. It might just depend on the mood I'm in that day.

As Roger Protz said in his 1997 book, Classic Stout & Porter: "Thanks to that Irish devotion, it has flourished internationally. Stout and, to a far lesser degree, porter, pop up in places far removed from Ireland -- Africa, the Baltic countries, the Caribbean, Scandinavia and Sri Lanka. The beer style was part of the baggage of early imperialism and put down deep roots in countries with climates that seem unsuited to the consumption of a bitter and roasty type of ale. Today, with the revival of ale, antient versions of porter and stout are being dusted down and sold with some enthusiasm. In Briatain and the United States, the blossoming of hundreds of new-wave 'micro-breweries' has brought with it fascinating new interpretations of the style."

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