Hello from yet another CBW voice in the blogosphere, another drop in the ocean of beer and brewery blogs.Â Well, I suppose my contribution to the noise has not been entirely absent thus far.Â Some of you, I like to believe, remember when Beer-O-Vision was a vehicle for my (and fellow CBWer Danâ€™s) musings and occasional video nasties.Â More recently, and in the CBW context, I have been expressing my thoughts and bits of news I run across via the Facebook information stream; probably 90% of the updates (and 100% of the deleted ones!) are mine. Â As well, Iâ€™ve been making gaffs and blunders inbetween insights and information on Craft Beer Talk, Tuesday nights.Â So sure, this is a bit of an awkwardâ€”or just needlessâ€”introductory preface on some level.
Yet, I havenâ€™t been writing on the CBW blog but for four early posts. Â And in my own mind, since things really got going last summer with this project, I admit I feel like I sort of lost my voice.Â Itâ€™s a strange feeling for me, but this post and my commitment to writing a weekly, â€œSunday Suds*â€ segment represents my way out of the wilderness of silence I spent the last few months lost within.Â I really like writing and educating, and though I am largely a private person, a little confessional here and there is good for oneâ€™s soul.Â Iâ€™ll keep that latter to a minimumâ€”this is not a personal blog, after allâ€”but certainly with my lifetime in academics currently shifting from the windshield to the rearview mirror, I need some venue for keeping the fingers limber and the mind sharp.Â Writing on a blog is an opportunity for both, to be sure.
Iâ€™ve decided on a couple of guidelines, though, more than anything else to keep the commitment tractable.Â This isnâ€™t some Dogme 95 kind of thing (though I will keep the posts blessedly free of special effects), but then high-art isnâ€™t the goal. Â Speed, clarity and more than anything else, success is.Â So first, length: I want to stick with 500 words(-ish) for a post, with longer certainly being acceptable, but possibly better dealt with as an impetus for a series.Â Secondly, topics- I want to be wide-ranging, but like the word-length requirement, I think some narrowing and some discipline will be useful. So, Iâ€™ll talk mainly about beer & brewing industry news, books, CBW marketing and fun stuff, and some more â€œmusingâ€ type posts; undoubtedly a triolet or a sestina here and again.Â Iâ€™ll let Dan stick with the brewery news updates and progress, and Rudy is excellent at talking about beers–ours and others–so Iâ€™ll try not to overlap with their domains too often.Â But that’s about it for rules and I am excited to start talking again!
Since Iâ€™m 450+ words in and havenâ€™t even really talked about beer, Iâ€™ll end with a quick nod to it by saying that this was composed while enjoying a slow glass of Ommegang Abby Ale.Â If youâ€™re looking for a winter-night, writing-as-meditation kind of potable, let me without hesitation give this beer my hearty endorsement.Â Itâ€™s a rich beer, though not so much as to be viscous; I’d call it medium-bodied. The marriage of figgy malt flavors with yeast spice is luscious, and I get some anise and leather in the nose.Â At just over 7% abv itâ€™ll give you just a bit of warmth, but itâ€™s not going to knock you out, either. Â So, you can enjoy it while finishing up productivity, and save that full-on Tripel for the nightcap.Â Â Mmmm- Iâ€™m going to finish this glass, and see you next Sunday- if not sooner!
*Iâ€™m seriously not attached to that title, actually suggestions are very welcome indeed. Â Also, one hour late and only 142 words over? Â I’ll take it!