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WRITER, CONSULTANT AND BROADCASTER SPECIALISING IN BEER, PUBS AND CIDER. BEER WRITER OF THE YEAR 2009 AND 2012

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Thursday, 6 July 2006

Manifesto for a beery blog

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Think of this as a place a bit like a great pub. Except you can't get any beer here, and there's no juke box, and we probably shouldn't extend the analogy to my qualities as landlord. But it is open 24 hours a day, and the seats are comfy. Well, mine is anyway. And we can hopefully have the same kind of chat as you do down the pub, only hopefully it won't gte really repetitive and unfunny after about 10pm.

Beer is the most sociable drink in the world and needs to be celebrated far more than it is. Too much writing and discussion about beer is either campaigning or negative or argumentative. But beer culture is about having a laugh, about relaxing, about digressing off the subject.

Beer's merits as a drink, it's diversity and dazzling array of tastes, are always worth discussing so long as we don't over-intellectualise it. I'm glad there are people out there who micro-analyse beer's components because without them we wouldn't know about the great beers that are there, but I'm not one of them.

Be honest: most of the time you go to the pub, the beer is very important, but it's a stimulus to talking about sport, women, the books you've just read, or about how my car/shirt/house/hi-fi is better than yours, or cracking inane jokes. Now doesn't that sound like a worthwhile use for a blog?

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