On Beer Writing

Since writing about beer writing seems to be the new meta-hotness, I thought I’d throw my nickel in for want of creativity today. In particular I wanted to address this post over on DrinkDrank. To summarize, Craig riffs on what modern beer writing is and where it may be headed in a post-publishing world. In so doing he identifies both “good” and “bad” examples to clarify his opinion on the matter.

The “bad” example he linked to is to a website called dontdrinkbeer. If you’re unfamiliar, it is (perhaps only nominally) a beer review website that chronicles the exploits of a borderline obsessive and rather well-connected beer ticker as he samples beers you probably wouldn’t even want to drink (1991 gueuze, anyone?) His posts are riddled with Internet slang, some rather creative foul language and the most obscure hip hop and video game pop culture references this side of 4chan. It is high comedy.

Perhaps it is not Craig’s favorite slice of cheese, but to call it objectively bad is unfair. Offensive? Definitely. Crass? Most assuredly. Hate speech? Probably in a few states. But it is creative in a depraved kind of way. There’s plenty of bad beer writing out there. No need to cast the net wider simply because you feel like you’re on the outside looking in.

Look, I love reading Beervana, Boak and Bailey, A Good Beer Blog , and even a smattering of Barclay Perkins1 if it’s raining outside because these folks tend to think very deeply about beer as a practical concern. DDB is a very (post-?) modern take on a scene that often ascribes much too much importance on itself. [Insert The New Yorker cover page here.] Yes, every post is the same joke, but it’s a joke that’s been minutely refined for the past three years. DDB is an intersection of blue humor, satire, and beer, and I’m sorry if you don’t get it.

  1. Ron Pattinson is coming to Foggy Noggin Nov. 15! Sadly I’ll be out of town, but you, dear reader, should definitely go. 

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