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Time for a beer blogging day

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Food bloggers have their own cooking day once a month. Wine bloggers have Wine Blogging Wednesday.

It seems that beer bloggers around the world should have something similar. So let’s start one, an event that will occur on the first Friday of every month. It doesn’t have to have a name (yet) or a logo (like wine), just participants who want to have a little fun and don’t mind learning a little along the way.

Appellation Beer will host the first tasting March 2 (giving us time to get out the word), and the theme will be “Not your father’s Irish stout.”

There aren’t many rules. Simply pour yourself a stout (or stouts) and post on the topic March 2, looking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day or not and writing about any stout that isn’t Guinness, Murphy’s or Beamish (the Irish old guard – good beers but we’re writing about others). Should you worry about style? About getting the opinion of friends, about writing an official tasting note, about food? About the history of the beer or how its made? All optional.

After we do this a couple of months different bloggers will likely find different approaches we are comfortable with.

If you think you might participate please leave a comment or drop me an e-mail. Then invite a friend to participate too. After you post on March 2 send me the URL and I’ll write a wrap up with links to all the posts.

Alan McLeod of A Good Beer Blog will host the April gathering, announcing the theme shortly after March 2. If you have an idea for a monthly tasting, and particularly if you want to volunteer to be a host, send me an e-mail.

63 Responses to Time for a beer blogging day

  1. Greg Clow January 31, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    Great idea, Stan. I’ll likely participate.

  2. Eli January 31, 2007 at 6:16 pm #

    Cool idea, I’m in!

  3. ted January 31, 2007 at 7:34 pm #

    I have been hoping that something like this would start. I will definetely participate, and I wouldn’t mind hosting an event as well.
    Thanks again.

  4. Ray January 31, 2007 at 7:35 pm #

    This is a great idea! Can’t wait to participate.

  5. Jon January 31, 2007 at 11:12 pm #

    Yep, I’m there. I just blogged about it, too.

    How about “Beer Blogging Friday”? (Yeah, I know, real original…) 🙂

  6. Justinian February 1, 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    Sounds good. I’m in. Now, which stout to taste…?

  7. KevBrews February 1, 2007 at 2:40 pm #

    Count me in! Great idea.

  8. Lew Bryson February 1, 2007 at 9:37 pm #

    Hey, now that I’ve got a blog…and you’re doing session beers…I’m in!

  9. Socialretard February 2, 2007 at 12:38 am #

    Great idea…I’m in.

  10. Dann February 2, 2007 at 3:54 am #

    I’ve got to drink some beers anyway for my New Year’s Resolution – so this sounds like a grand idea to me. I’m all ’bout it.

  11. Steve Beaumont February 2, 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    Count me in.

  12. Stonch February 2, 2007 at 3:30 pm #

    Great idea! However I’d take issue with the assertion that Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish are good beers…

  13. Al February 3, 2007 at 3:08 pm #

    Sounds like a great idea. You can count on Hop Talk to participate. We’ll even volunteer to host.

  14. tarelki February 4, 2007 at 5:14 pm #

    Great idea! i was looking for something like this for a while: i think that it also makes sense to announce this event on Is My Blog Burning – i bet many of food bloggers would be happy to participate.

  15. Rick Lyke February 9, 2007 at 2:36 am #


    Count me in. After all, I Lyke2Drink and this as the best excuse I’ve heard today!


  16. Bryan February 9, 2007 at 2:51 am #

    I’ll bet we can scare up a good stout or two ….Count us in!

  17. Kolin February 9, 2007 at 8:47 pm #

    My first blog will be! Bells Expedition Stout!

  18. Jessie Jane February 10, 2007 at 9:52 pm #

    I am very much up for this one! I am so making stout ice cream to eat while blogging about the actual beer.

  19. Matt Dunn February 11, 2007 at 8:33 pm #

    I don’t really have a beer blog. Just a blog where I write about beer a lot. But I’d still like to participate.

    And FYI, in the blogging world, what you’re trying to do is often called a “carnival”.

  20. Stan Hieronymus February 11, 2007 at 9:10 pm #

    Matt – We’ll be happy to have you.

  21. Jay Brooks February 11, 2007 at 9:36 pm #

    I know I’ve sent you an e-mail off line, but I figured I add my participation here, too. I’m in.

  22. Jay Brooks February 11, 2007 at 9:49 pm #

    For a name, what about:

    1. Fermentation Friday
    2. First Friday Fermentation
    3. Firkin Friday
    4. Frickin’ Firkin Friday
    5. Frothy Friday
    6. Monthly Malty Musings
    7. Monthly Mash-In

  23. Bostonbeerman (Jim Olson) February 13, 2007 at 2:46 am #

    I am a newbie to beer blogging. My site has been up for about a month now. This sounds like a great idea. I am in.

  24. glibbidy February 15, 2007 at 3:24 pm #

    Sounds like a plan. I’d be glad to participate.

  25. Jonathan February 16, 2007 at 2:18 pm #

    Oh, I am SO in. Just started a beer blog last month, but the few readers that we have will know of your glory. Blogged about the idea today as well. Yeah, pretty timely, I know.

  26. Chris O'Brien February 16, 2007 at 8:03 pm #

    I’m in. Cheers to “friday fermentations”!

  27. Mark February 20, 2007 at 1:42 pm #

    Sounds like a plan…now to find a good one I haven’t already had!

  28. James February 21, 2007 at 6:14 pm #

    I just started a blog for our beer tasting club. I’ll participate.

  29. Al February 26, 2007 at 6:20 pm #

    You might consider entering the pertinent details at

    Wine Blogging Wednesday is listed in the food category, for instance.

  30. Stan Hieronymus February 26, 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    Thanks, Al. I plugged it in.

  31. Sean February 27, 2007 at 8:55 pm #

    Sounds great!

  32. James March 2, 2007 at 4:48 am #

    […] Blue Fin Stout has a taste that meets the style with a mouthfeel that doesn’t. The beer was very drinkable although probably not a great example of the style. […]

  33. Stonch March 2, 2007 at 6:46 am #

    Here’s my effort – a review of Shoreditch Stout from Pitfield –

  34. Al March 2, 2007 at 1:23 pm #

    Is the current thinking that this will always be a “tasting” type of event? Because I’ve an idea for an edition and it really has nothing to do with tasting.

  35. Stan Hieronymus March 2, 2007 at 1:39 pm #

    Al – I don’t think are are any rules.

    Other than beer should be involved.

  36. Al March 2, 2007 at 2:18 pm #

    I thought as much. I’ve just noticed that a lot of participating blogs today were defining “The Session” as a monthly beer tasting event.

  37. Bostonbeerman (Jim Olson) March 2, 2007 at 7:41 pm #

    Here is mine – I reviewed Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2006-07.

    Thanks for hosting the event Stan.

  38. William Brand March 3, 2007 at 1:03 am #

    This minte, I’m taking part in a national stout tasting. Beer bloggers across the country are tasting a stout of their own choice today (March 2) and posting a link on Stan Hieronymus’s blog site. It’s been quite a day and the choice of stouts is amazing. Check it out here.

    By my clock, it’s 11:47 p.m., so it’s still March 2 in the Pacific Time Zone, at least, if not in New Mexico where I’m posting this.

    My stout for the tasting is Drake’s Imperial Stout, a dark, lucious, 8.75 percent alcohol by volumene beauty of a stout. It’s brewed in San Leandro, CA. at Drake’s Brewing Co. by head brewer Rodger Davis and his assistant, Melissa Myers.

    They’re more famous for their uber-IPA beers like Denogganizer. But they also make a range of dark beers that are quite special.

    Drake’s Imperial Stout, which comes in stubby, 17 oz. bottles with a swingtop like a Grolsch bottle, pours an opague brown with a moderate head of rocky tan foam. The aroma’s enticing, a bit like sherry, intense, a tang of alcohol and roast malt and a bit of fruit.

    The taste is full and malty, but not overly sweet. It’s balanced by Chinook hops and the finish is drying with quite a bit of heat from the alcohol.

    Really, a damn good stout. Eat your heart out Guinness. — William Brand.

  39. Dick Pepper March 6, 2007 at 7:51 am #

    We’ll do our part! Although we’re more a verbal blog, aka podcast, we are pretty consistent. This past show, number 67, was all about Stouts. We reviewed about six of them including a warmup from Dogfish Head and a homebrewed Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

    We have promoted this idea of yours on a couple of shows so far, and will continue to promote you and the other bloggers who participate. There is not enough education about beer and beer styles – we all can learn more and share with others.

    Thanks for getting this started and count us in.

    Is there a schedule yet?

  40. Stan Hieronymus March 6, 2007 at 9:07 am #

    Dick – The next one is April 6 and Alan will announce the theme any day.

    Also, we’re happy to have podcasts, so please e-mail Alan with a link if you participate in April. I’ll get you added to the March roundup.

  41. snekse April 5, 2007 at 11:19 pm #

    I agree with tarelki. This event should be announced on IMBB or any of the other meme event sites. I almost completely missed this post and started my own event a month ago.

  42. joe tiller October 15, 2007 at 10:36 pm #

    I would love to be a part!

  43. Josh Miller November 21, 2007 at 12:07 pm #

    I would love to get in on this. Is there a schedule or something that I can find out about the next one?


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