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What to call our beer blogging day

Jay Brooks added this comment yesterday to call the call for a beer blogging day. he was referring to an early round of e-mails where some of us discussed the logistics of doing this, including what it might be called.

First, from Jay.

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

Rick Lyke also suggested Firkin Friday. Literlalist that I can be I worried that implies you’d have to go out and find a beer on cask, or perhaps drink only English-inspired beers.

But although I’m hosting the first round, this is a group event with different hosts each month. So if you have an opinion about the name feel free to make a suggestions. I like several of Jay’s ideas.

The default name has been Beer Blogging Friday (Jon Abernathy thinks that is fine, BTW).

29 Responses to What to call our beer blogging day

  1. Jon February 12, 2007 at 8:00 pm #

    Well, I still like “Beer Blogging Friday”– since we’re all bloggers and all– but if I were to pick from this list I’d probably go with “Frothy Friday.” Firkin is good, but I have a sense that laypeople might hear/think the “other” F-word rather than a beer term. And “Fermentation” is kind of vague for a beer topic, IMHO.

    But I’m ultimately happy to go with whatever consensus we all come to. 🙂

  2. Alan February 12, 2007 at 10:52 pm #

    But frothing beer (like fobbing it) is a fault. Frig. Forfend that fate might find fellow flying fingerers foxed – so I say “the Massed Mashed Monthly.”

  3. Lew Bryson February 13, 2007 at 3:32 am #

    You know…I’ve publicly vented on what I consider to be the inanely repetitive habit of naming new brewpubs/micros “The [insert town name here] Brewing Company.” Along those lines, maybe we could do something a bit more imaginative for the cooperative blog name…I mean, we’re wordsmiths, right? The trick is to come up with something that’s not completely obscure at the same time. For example:

    Pitcher o’ Blog
    Who’s Got This Round?
    The Session
    Bloggers Behind the Bar
    Beer Bloggin’ Frenzy
    Tap ‘N’ Blogger (dedicated to that unlamented early malternative, Hop ‘n’ Gator)
    Another Round of Blog!
    Free Blog Tomorrow
    Found on a Coaster

    Get the idea? Try again!

  4. Eli February 13, 2007 at 1:44 pm #

    I really like Lew’s suggestion of “Another Round of Blog!”.

    I’ll have to think more on names myself.

  5. Steve Beaumont February 13, 2007 at 2:02 pm #

    I like alliteration as much as the next guy, but as Jon observes, “fermentation” is hardly beer-specific, and I agree with you, Stan, that “firkin” is too British.

    Lew, on the other hand, might be on to something with his “The Session,” which I would simply specify as “The Friday Session.” (But Lew, what were you thinking with “Pitcher O’ Blog” and “Beer Blogging Frenzy”?!?)

    Other ideas: FridayFest, First Run Friday, The Final Gravity…

  6. Stan Hieronymus February 13, 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    There’s something to be said for short.

    Even if ‘The Session’ sounds a little like we are pimping Lew’s project it makes a good preamble to titles.

    The Session # 1: Not your father’s Irish stout.
    The Session #4: Session beers.
    The Session #8: Waiter, there’s a bug in my beer.

    On the other hand, Beer Bloggin’ frenzy could be called BBF. And that sound almost British (in a good way).

    Or for total alliteration: Beer Blogging Buddies (BBB).

    Who’s next?

  7. Alan February 13, 2007 at 4:12 pm #

    I like “The Session” as it avoids the problem that this is not occuring every Friday as with, say, the weekly Friday Night Blues and Beer:

  8. Jon February 13, 2007 at 4:43 pm #

    I like “The Session” as well… short, to the point, catchy. But then I’m pragmatic which is also why I like “Beer Blogging Friday”–another “BBF”.

    Here’s some other ideas (just spitballing):

    The Tasting Room
    The Tap Room
    Friday Cold Break
    From the Tap
    Friday Beer Musings
    Monthly Beer Musings

  9. Dann February 14, 2007 at 12:42 am #

    Out of Lew’s suggestions I rather enjoy the idea of “Who’s Got This Round?” Whoever’s hosting it is setting up the rules but it’s there for all of us to enjoy – it’s kind of like they’re the ones getting the round and we’re all the ones to drink ’em.

  10. Lew Bryson February 14, 2007 at 1:31 am #

    “(But Lew, what were you thinking with “Pitcher O’ Blog” and “Beer Blogging Frenzy”?!?)”

    Brain-storming, dammit! You don’t judge or evaluate, you just get it down on the page and look at it later. And with luck, you wind up with something that works. That’s how I came up with the name of the Beer Yard (an excellent beer retailer in Wayne, PA) and Perkuno’s Hammer: I must have had 20 different names on the page, and some of them really sucked, but The Beer Yard clicked for the owner (with connotations of the big glass and a place where beer is marshalled and sent out to a thirsty world), and Perkuno’s Hammer, well, that was just goofy genius, IMNSHO.

    Besides…it worked, didn’t it? We’re off the dime and thinking!

    (Would “Pitcher o’ Blögg” have been better?)

  11. Lew Bryson February 14, 2007 at 1:38 am #

    Stan, the Session Beer Project is just one part of my blog, and it LIVES to be pimped: I want everyone to think about it.

    But why not go whole hog and do it proper:

    The First Session: Not your father’s Irish stout
    The Fourth Session: Session beers
    The Eighth Session: Waiter, there’s a bug in my beer
    The Fifteenth Session: Throw in another bale of hops, boys!

    Ah, proper enumeration. There’s nothing like it for that archaic feel.

  12. Steve Beaumont February 14, 2007 at 1:43 pm #

    Ah, Pitcher O’Blögg, a fine Irish-Scandanavian fellow of my early acquaintance…

    Never meant to impugn your brainstorming, Mr. Bryson. Besides, as you said, it worked.

  13. Rick February 14, 2007 at 5:43 pm #

    How about:

    Bloggers Who Drink Beer
    The Friday Beer Growler
    The Blog Growler
    The Blog Coaster
    Tap the Blogosphere
    Keg o’Bloggers
    The Bloggers Fridge
    The Bloggers Keg
    The Bloggers Tap
    The Bloggers Pub
    Beer Blogs United
    We Blog, You Drink
    The BrewLog

    When do we vote? 😉

  14. Alan February 14, 2007 at 6:17 pm #

    Not to quibble, but if session is derived as I think it is from the assizes (see wikiality on this point: it refers from not from each event of a session of court but from its constant cyclical nature. In the same way, Canada does not use a banal descriptive like “district” for its legislative sub-components but the evocative “riding” harkening to the cyclical nature of representation and going out to meet one’s constituents. These words imply lots of good beery things like community, cycle of life, travel. As a result, I would suggest it remain simply “The Session” – a continuous cycle of considerations on the nature of craft beer, world and beer without end, Amen.

  15. Alan February 14, 2007 at 6:24 pm #

    “The Growler” would be a good name for a grumpy beer blogger.

  16. Jay Brooks February 14, 2007 at 7:41 pm #

    Okay, I confess I have an aberrant attachment to alliteration, especially with names. Anyway, I also wanted to add something we should think about. (I realize I’m perhaps thinking too much about this, but that’s just the way I’m wired.) Whatever the name, it should convey all of the following:

    1. That it’s about beer
    2. That it’s monthly -or- on Fridays (or whenever)
    3. That we’re blogging, writing or something like that

    And I agree that shorter is better, too. So here’s a few more suggestions, not all of which follow my own advice.

    1. Brew Blog Day or Brew Blog Friday
    2. Beer Friday
    3. Bar Stool Friday
    4. Freelance Friday
    5. Beerwright Blogging
    6. Beerwrighting

    Or how about some syllabic abbreviations.

    1. BeBloMo (Beer Blogging Monthly)
    2. MoBeBlo (Monthly Beer Blogging)
    3. BeBloFri (Beer Blogging Friday)

    And just one more monkey wrench. Does it have to be a Friday?

    1. Mash-In Mondays
    2. Tapping Tuesdays (as in tapping kegs, tapping on keyboards)
    3. Wednesday’s Worts (a play on words/worts)
    3a. Worts on Wednesday
    4. (okay, nothing’s coming for Thursday, be thankful)
    5. Fourth-Tier Friday (a reference to the fourth estate & the three-tier system)
    6. The Saturday Scribe Session
    7. Sudsing Sundays

  17. Lew Bryson February 14, 2007 at 7:41 pm #

    I don’t accept Wikipedia. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, I wouldn’t want to rely on any reference that would accept me as a source.

  18. Lew Bryson February 14, 2007 at 7:43 pm #

    I like anything that has the word “coaster” in it. It’s just a cool word, and dammit, I may be 48, but I’m cool.

  19. Stan Hieronymus February 14, 2007 at 9:16 pm #

    Rick asked “When do we vote?”

    No rush.

    So the rest of you who have been reading feel free to toss out ideas of your own.

  20. Alan February 15, 2007 at 12:11 am #

    [So you are really down on the wikiality entry-esque pagette for coasters?]

    Seeing as we now have to have an extreme name of some sort:

    – Massed Massed Monthly Mondays
    – Thricely Quarterly Nicely Quarterly (if we were only talking big bottles)
    – Brewsday Is Tuesday (and vice versa)
    – Wortly News
    – Fobbing Off At The Bung (makes no sense but is vaguely rude)
    – Frothing Forth Fourth Friday.
    – Thirst Friday Of The Month.

  21. Jay Brooks February 15, 2007 at 12:24 am #

    Lew, I agree, coaster is a great word. But then I’ll be 48 in just over two weeks so that must be why. Tony wanted me to change the name of my Ale Street News column and I suggested “The Left Coaster.”

  22. Steve Beaumont February 15, 2007 at 12:49 am #

    1. People With Too Much Time on Their Hands Friday
    2. Drinking and Acting Like We Know What We’re Talking About Friday
    3. The Ramblings of Drunken Old Fools Friday
    4. “It’s Not Just Beer, Dammit!” Friday
    5. Justifying Our Drinking Friday
    6. Umm, that’s all…

  23. Lew Bryson February 15, 2007 at 5:31 am #

    Oooo, Steve, LIKE that last one!

    Jay…you better see a doctor about that alliteration thing. Better yet, see a nurse, a nice nubile nurse. But I don’t see why the “Friday/monthly” thing has to be in there. Why? Is there a rule? If anyone finds this thing other than us, they’re going to find it by looking at our blogs. You think anyone’s REALLY gonna be waiting for it to come out, breath bated? I say the only thing that’s REALLY needed in a name for this thing…is that it pleases us.

    Alan…The Growler? How about (since it’s a repeated thing) “Filling the Growler”?

    Hell, you know, when it comes right down to it…I don’t even like the word “blog.” It’s a by-Gawd ugly word.

    1. It’s My Beer and I’ll Blog If I Want To

    2. Found on a Coaster

    3. Reasons Why We Love Beer: Reason X

    4. The Permanent Floating Beer Festival (because I noted someone mentioned on the wine blog that this kind of thing is called a “carnival” by the more mainstream bloggers, so…a tip to Guys & Dolls)

    5. The Sins of Gambrinus (just because)

    6. Maybe Steve’s Right

  24. Jay Brooks February 15, 2007 at 4:13 pm #

    Don’t worry, professional help is being sought. But the cure is obviously a long way off. I guess it doesn’t really have to be, I was just trying to figure out what our goal was with the name, and it seemed logical that it should convey those three things, but it could, of course, be anything we want, however enigmatic and mysterious we want to make it.

    What about:

    Pen & Pints -or- Pen & Pints Day (or Friday or whatever) -or- the Pen & Pints Party

  25. Loren February 15, 2007 at 4:53 pm #

    You guys all need to join:

    Blah-g-aholics Anonymous.


    Call it Grog Blah-g Day?


  26. Jay Brooks February 15, 2007 at 7:42 pm #

    I’m not sure what this adds to the debate, but I found it interesting. I was confirming the definition of screed, and here’s definition No. 5 from Unabridged (v 1.1):

    5. Scot.

    b. a drinking bout.

  27. Captain Hops February 21, 2007 at 6:53 pm #

    I’ve been out of town so I hope I am not too late… Here are some suggestions that allude to both writing and beer and are short. I do not think it is absolutely necessary to reference timing:

    Tapping In (Beer Tap and tapping on a computer keyboard)
    First Draft or Rough Draft (Draft Beer and Draft of an essay)
    Another Round (a round of writings and responses)
    Beer Run (Run has lots of fitting connotations )
    Symposium of Beer (That will teach them to call us snobs)
    Beer Carnival (Established terminology of this type of things in Blogging Circles)

  28. Al February 25, 2007 at 6:56 am #

    Some ideas in the wee hours of the morning:

    Thirst Day
    Where’s My Head?
    Beer Blogging Day
    Gather ‘Round Boys
    The Nth Round (1st Round, 2nd Round, and so on)

    Sorry. It’s 2AM and I should have been in bed hours ago.

    (I do rather like “First Draft” though)

  29. Stan Hieronymus February 25, 2007 at 3:32 pm #


    I like that one.

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