The Session #79: A new forum for Ding’s anger.

sessionThis 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 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:


The Session #76: Compulsion – But I’m just getting one bottle, dear…

sessionThis month’s installment of the Session is hosted by Glen at Beer Is Your Friend. The topic is: Compulsion.

You’re at the beer store. You see beer you want. The fridge is already full. What do you do? Buy it, of course. One might ask: Why? Or what the eff are you doing at the beer store in the first place if the fridge is full? Well, maybe one shouldn’t be so judgy.

Incapable of a serious self-examination of my personal shortcomings, I made another video. Special thanks to Nick at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington for letting me film in the store. Now, with a little help from Wolfmother, I give you “But I’m Just Getting One Bottle, Dear…

The Session #74: Finding Beer Balance – Is this an intervention?

sessionThis month’s installment of the Session is hosted by Bryan at This Is Why I’m Drunk. The topic is “Finding Beer Balance”. The topic suggests that there is perhaps more to life than beer. While I find Bryan’s premise shaky, I’ll play along.

Actually, after giving it some thought, there are a number of facets of my life that I am constantly seeking to balance with my love for beer. Personal hygiene, nutritional, recreational, parenthood…just to name a few. However, this may be best demonstrated in video format. So, I give you: Beer-Life Balance (with musical accompaniment from the White Stripes).

The Session #68: Novelty Beers

This month’s installment of the Session is hosted by Tiffany at 99 Pours. The topic is: Novelty Beers. Have they gone too far?

I am a capitalist pig. As such, I am a fan of the free market and the competition and innovation a free market fosters. So, my feelings can be summed up with a couple words and two pictures…

I am willing to put up with the presence of this:

If it means that I can have this:

(Brewed with heather, honeysuckle, and hyssop.)

I don’t know that I would lump Debutante into the novelty beer category, particularly due to the sometimes pejorative nature of the term “novelty”. I do, however, consider it innovative. And the only thing worse than Rogue Voodoo Doughnut is a beer zeitgeist that stifles the type of innovation that occasionally lays an egg like Rogue Voodoo Doughnut.

The Session #66: The Beer to Rule All Others: Beerbecue Blend

This month’s installment of the Session is hosted by DrinkDrank. The topic is: The Beer to Rule All Others. The assignment is to conceive the greatest beer, at least the greatest for me. Unfortunately, my brewing days are in the past. I left all my equipment in the crawlspace of my Missoula, MT, apartment. Perhaps, I will start again once we get some more space here in DC. Until then, maybe I will try my hand at blending a few of my favorite beers. Blending seems to be making a resurgence. It can’t be that hard, right? I give you the Beerbecue Blend:

The Session #65: Top 5 Reasons to Drink Alone

This month’s installment of the Session is hosted by Nate Dawg at Booze, Beats & Bites. Apparently, the topic is: Drinking alone at the pub. However, after first reading the announcement and thinking about a post for a couple days, in my head it became drinking alone, in general. Oops. Oh well, might as well play to the English-held stereotype that Americans have no pub culture.

I have to say, this struck me as a potentially depressing topic; but as with most things in life, I managed to not take it seriously. So, without further adieu, I give you: The Top 5 Reasons to Drink Alone.

NOTE: Yes, I know what the Green Day song in the background is really about. Also, in fairness, I ripped off the boozing teddy bear idea from one of my favorite blogs: liquorstorebear.

The Session #63: The Beer Moment

This month’s installment of the Session is hosted by Pete Brown, a beer author of such distinction that his blog’s moniker is simply his name. The rest of us schmucks have to come up with a clever play on words.

This month’s topic is: The Beer Moment. This is a rather introspective topic, which will no doubt inspire some rather eloquent navel-gazing. Unfortunately, I am neither eloquent nor capable of serious introspection. Therefore, I made beerbecue’s first short film. I shall call it “Une Bière Andalou: The Beer Moment”.

Bonus points for anyone who finds the 3 Easter Eggs/editing snafus.

Me                    As Myself
Daughter          As Herself

Written, Directed & Produced by:
Me and the Haybag