This month’s installment of the Session is hosted by the divisive, and English, Adrian “Ding” Dingle of dingsbeerblog. The topic is US vs. Old-World Beer Culture: What the hell has America done to beer?
For those familiar with Ding, this topic is no surprise. For everybody else, all you really need to know is that he is infamous for his blustery but stale criticisms of US beer, his slavish and innovation-stiffling adherence to style guidelines, his strict traditionalist stance on cask ale, and his red-faced insistence upon the 4% ABV session beer Maginot Line.
Interestingly, Ding’s long trail of blocked twitter users (and twitter users blocking Ding) will lead you to the home base for his insurrection: Atlanta. Of course, complaining about US beer culture from Atlanta is like sitting in Newark and whining about the uninspiring view of the US National Park system.
In fact, a quick search of ancestry.com reveals that Ding comes from a long line of naysaying blowhards. So, to better understand Ding and how the US has apparently screwed up beer, one must take a long look back at how people have probably actually been “screwing up” beer for centuries. So, without further adieu, I present beerbecue’s first animated video: