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Thursday, 3 December 2009

Exclusive... the Christmas number one

It may still be three weeks away, but Christmas is already here in our hearts. People are recommending Hops and Glory as the ideal gift, and I didn't even pay them to. Twitter is alive with the sound of people debating the best Christmas beer.

And our thoughts turn to who is going to be Christmas number one.

It's always a contentious issue. It carries more weight than the number one at any other time of the year - not commercially perhaps, but symbolically.

And this year, I have the preview on who it is.

At this stage I should point out that I'm not talking about the pop charts. No one gives a shit about that any more. The drama has gone out of it. It's all been downhill since Jonah Lewie.

No, I'm talking about the new obsession, the all-important wikio rankings.

I may have given the impression over recent weeks that I'm quite obsessed by wikio rankings. If you believe that, you fell for my irony-laden trap. I don't care. Honestly I don't. Not about my position personally.

The only reason I'm writing about them now is that wikio ask a different blogger each month to reveal the latest monthly rankings in advance of official publication. This month, they asked me again. So I'm in a position to tell you who is the number one beer and/or wine blogger over Christmas, with no jealousy or bitterness whatsoever.

And so... *drumroll* step forward Brew Dog. You are the blogging world's Cliff Richard.

1Brew Dog Blog (=)
2Pete Brown's Blog (=)
3Pencil & Spoon (=)
4Tandleman's Beer Blog (+2)
5The Pub Curmudgeon (-1)
6Woolpack Dave's beer and stuff blog (-1)
7Spittoon (+1)
8The Beer Nut (-1)
9Jamie goode's wine blog (+6)
10Stonch's Beer Blog (=)
11The Wine Conversation (+3)
12The Bitten Bullet (+1)
13Bibendum Wine (-2)
14Reluctant Scooper (+3)
15Real Ale Reviews (+3)
16Brew Wales (-7)
17Called to the bar (-5)
18Taking the beard out of beer! (+7)
19Tyson's Beer Blog (+3)
20Impy Malting (-4)

Ranking by Wikio


Tandleman said...

Interesting. I'm still not sure Brew Dog's blog is a proper beer blog (more an advertorial) in many ways, but just shows their viral stuff works on so many levels.

They've even changed the definition of beer blogging. See? Innovative or what?

BeerReviewsAndy said...

Im in the same boat as tandleman, im not sure i would class the BD site as a blog!

Sid Boggle said...

Maybe after the way all of the 'BrewPuppies' monstered Roger Protz on his blog, we should be talking about the Cult Of BrewDog? Does Wikio rate cults?

Sid Boggle said...

Ah, Cliff. Now Xmas is coming...

Christmas Time/Pissed out of your mind
Don't care if it's lager, whisky or wine
Getting pissed/Lying in a gutter
An hour before/You act like a nutter

Usually sung as a duet, with one performer perched on the shoulders of the other. The perchee is required to make those trademark Cliff hand gestures.

Ah, those Christmasses of yore. And mine.

StringersBeer said...

Rolf Harris, 1969.

Anonymous said...

... and timed perfectly with their Tokyo being banned due to their way of marketing the beer.

"Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must, from time, have excess. This beer is for those times."

That'll be why then.

Alan said...