The Perfect Beer World Roundup

First off I want to thank everyone who participated on this month’s session the perfect beer world…

I must say that this was a great learning experience and a great post to become aware of the problems beer drinkers face in different parts of the world… For many it should help appreciate what you have at home… For others it will bring awareness that there are good places for beer drinkers somewhere on this planet…

Starting out with Glen Who writes BeerIsYourFriend.wordpress.com… He gave us a full six pack of perfect beer world ideas… Two stood out:

Stop being snobbish About people buying crap beer… 

Funny that many of my friends know I hate crap beer more than Paris Hilton’s fans hate abstinence… And they apologize whenever they buy crap beer in my presence… (not needed or expected)

I actually don’t judge them since I feel everyone should be able to do as they wish as long as they don’t hurt others… So they can drink all the crap beer they want…

The fallacy of the equation “more hops = better beer”

I became extremely interested in brewing after trying a few IPAs and learning about hops… Hoppy beers were all the rage in my book for a while until I learned that hops were one of the most estrogenic plants on earth… And while that won’t stop me from drinking hoppy beers, it has motivated me to look into aged hops and real ales or gruit ales…

Cheers Glen!

Next up we have Jon who writes at 10thdaybrewing.blogspot.com

He wishes for a better post-prohibition era with better laws and the three tier system of distribution stood out….

I became aware of this through the documentary Beer Wars… And while we have a long ways to go, I can see micro-breweries winning the war… Canned craft beer is making it possible for breweries to reach markets they couldn’t reach before… Not to mention that more people are demanding more craft beer over crap beer…

Many places in the Phoenix metro area are able to offer competitive prices on craft beer or sometimes better prices than crap beer… Like many other businesses, you can only play the price game for so long…

Next up Pete from PeteDrinks.com… on selling beers… I too wish I could sell a six pack or two mostly to raise money for new equipment…

Now at the very least what the Hell is going on with many local governments not allowing home brewers to share their brews at events???

Anyways… Cybernetic livers? Excellent idea!

David Preston over at BeerTintedSpectacles.Posterous.com walked us through his board game, where players win and players lose… A perfect beer world would take the fun out of that… (good thing we are pretty close to a perfect beer world where the loser can grab a pint to ease his sorrows)

Next we have James at BeerBarBand.blogspot.com who simply wishes he could go to anyplace and not worry about their beer selection… In Melbourne as he describes, most places have the same ole’ generic lagers and it’s hard to find good craft beer…

I’ve never been to Aussieland and here I thought craft beer would be easy to find… guess it makes me appreciate what I have at home that much more…

Now if you wanna know why Bryan is drunk head over to ThisIsWhyImDrunk.wordpress.com and you’ll see that it brings his creative powers out to come up with things like state of be(er)ing…

Great post and great read… I’m seeing a pattern of being able to get not just good beer, but the beer you want… I too torture myself carrying a Surly Furious beer can picture on my phone’s wallpaper… And as much as I’d like to get it at home, I do like the idea of local beers being different and something you can’t get anywhere else… It adds something to the experience…

If only I could travel more and more often… I missed GABF this year, hopefully not next year…

Steve over at BeersIveKnown.Blogspot.com.uk chimed in on the beery pipe dreams beer being free -free is good – and getting more drinkers involved with beer…

Maybe Steve should give away free beer to get more people into craft beer and kill two birds with one stone??

I’d support…

Now if you don’t mind the F bomb head over to Nate’s BoozeBeatsBites.com and see how easy it would be to have a perfect beer world if we just drank the damn beer…

… And yes, Damn the Beer Duty Escalator…

Mr David’s take over at MrDavidJ.com.uk states that one man’s beer heaven is another man’s beer hell… Agreed…

… And Eric at Blog.EricShepard.com makes a good point… My friends bombarded me with BBW’s supposed attack on Homebrewers with their commercial…

I personally wasn’t offended and found it ironic that it happened right around the time I was venturing into brewing a Vanilla Bacon Cream Ale… Which came out delicious by the way…

Bull Testicle Ale??

Maybe if we change the name to something like Menudo Ale and only find out what you drank afterwards… and that, servers should definitely know what’s like…

Now next up… You may want to grab a pint or two for this one :P… Derrick at Beer-Runner.Blogspot.com summarizes it with The beer world is near perfect…

… Well we do have it pretty good in the States…

Win Bassett over at BeerSoup.AllAboutBeer.com  believes in education as a way to get us closer to the perfect beer world…

Gender neutral? Absolutely… Love seeing girls grab a pint and kick my butt at describing and finding different flavors!

Sean over at BeerSearchParty.com is waiting for the same Genie in a lamp that would bring micro-brews to the baseball park!

… And I’m happy to know that it’s already happening… Twins fans can now get Surly beers at their games… Now we need more stadiums to follow suit…

and speaking of making it easier to get the beers we want where we want (a common theme here at the perfect beer world) Alan from Montana’s GrowlerFills.Blogspot.com wishes for free choice in an open market…

It would be nice to not be told what we can and can not do…

and sometimes for that you may have to go off the grid… Somewhere in the woods where no one will bother you… As Andrew from OhBeery.me writes….

There is something about going to a new town and drinking a beer you just can’t get anywhere else…

And I thought this would be the first blog from the UK that didn’t mention the cask VS keg debate or the dreaded definition of craft… but it slapped me as I finished reading….

Interesting how we don’t see much of that elsewhere…

Even Ireland where our fellow blogger Reuben documents the TaleOfAle.com and talks about having a better attitude and allowing social drinkers to enjoy themselves…

And well that’s as far as I’ll get for now… I’ll come back and update the roundup for any late entries though I may not be completely sober…

It is my birthday and I’ll be on a mission to go find good beer in the LA area… Some Pliny the Elder since I can’t get that back home… And some more… It’s a perfect beer world kind of day!!….

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Okay… back from my weekend trip and time to knock out the rest of this month’s Session…

The Beer Nut over at TheBeerNut.Blogspot.com wrote about getting better local beers and more seasonal beers outside of specialty pubs…

I live in a big city and we have a few really good local breweries… can’t complain there myself… but living in the suburbs makes a 30 – 45 min drive feel like I don’t live in the city and much the same way you do about local beers…

… guess I’ll add that one to my ‘reasons to move’ checklist…

On to Jay’s Bulletin at BrookstonBeerBulletin.com who put together a list of 10 things that could make this a better beer world… and pointing out how the younger generation has it good when it comes to beer…

One that hit home was the minimum drinking age… while I was born in Texas, I happened to live in Mexico part of my life and grew up accustomed to 18 being the legal drinking age…

I joined the US Navy at 18 and it was a bit awkward not being able to drink while I served my country even though I had just become of legal age in other countries…

… and the second I couldn’t agree with more is low-calorie beers… need to watch the beer belly? say YES to session beers!

Next, Simon writing in from ReluctantScooper.co.uk takes on an ‘if I ruled the world’ approach, which I think is a much better way to phrase what I was looking for from The Session… (wish I’d thought of that for the post)…

… anyways, if Simon did rule the world he would rip category 18 from the BJCP guidelines, stomp on it, and burn it along with the rest of the guidelines as he stands on top of a mountain and lets the world know that they have been freed from such oppression…

… and I think there is something to be said about this…

I do actually like the BJCP guidelines, but only for learning purposes… just like learning how to play an instrument, you learn by learning a few simple rules, which are more like guidelines… you learn, and practice until you can let go of those guidelines and let the instrument become an extension of your mind and body…

I think the same applies to brewing… you learn guidelines, but with practice, you should walk away from guidelines and allow yourself to be creative… without this creativity a Black IPA would not have come around…

Jon over at TheBrewSite.com seems to be looking at the perfect beer world through the same set of lenses as I am…

I too believe breweries need to run their business as a business and look after profit, but not make it all about profit…

I recently went to Czech Republic and had some Budvar Budweiser and other Czech Pilsners… these are commercial brews, but they are without a doubt better than the light lagers you find the US…

… as my Czech friend said with her lip balm… “I think Czech companies care more about delivering a good product over making a profit… This Astrid relieves chapped lips right away and keeps it that way… I think ChapStick puts alcohol in theirs so you keep using it and buying more…”

I don’t know or care much about lip balms, but hopefully you get the point…

Moving on… Jim over at KCBeerScouts.com writes in wishing for better beer more readily available… and getting more than “three taps without the word ‘light’ in every stadium”…

Well, I wouldn’t care if the beer is light, but we could expand… getting something like a Weihenstephaner Orinigal or maybe just a good local Blonde ale or session beer would be fine… as long as it tastes better…

I know you can now get Surly at Twins game and I think other stadiums are following suit…

Looke from the LikelyMoose.Co.UK simply wishes for more choices to get out of the IPA rut many seem to be stuck in…

I was… until I learned hops were estrogenic… I still drink IPAs, but becoming aware is pushing me to explore more styles…

Moving on, the Mysterious author and fellow Arizona resident writes in from BottledRogersBeers.wordpress.com takes us into the minds of the typical micro brewery mindset of capitalizing on hops…

… well, hops are just tasty and I love hoppy beers… but yes! I’m starting to explore gruut or gruit beers… or should I say Ales?

and I think more breweries should include a non-hopped option in their taps…

Asa Foster one of the bros from the Brew Gentlemen, writes in from BrewGentleMen.WordPress.com and thinks that a Craft Beer Super Bowl ad should be part of the Perfect Beer World…

… that I think would be awesome!

More women in craft beer? Yes to that one as well… though I must admit, I do see more girls drinking beer than just a few years ago… I think the trend is on…

Stan got straight to the point at AppellationBeer.com saying a better beer world would be where More Beer is Local…

… I’ve read a few instances of beerophiles who wish they could get more beers from other places…

I wish for the same sometimes, but just like this weekend trip proved… half the fun was my search for Pliny The Elder in the LA area… a beer I can’t get at home…

Something about that beer being local you-can-only-get-here type of beer makes it that much more desirable…

Rob over at BeerPHXation.com knows how good we have it here locally, and writes in wishing to keep some struggles…

… he makes a point that had it not been for spoiling agents, we probably would have ignored hops and alcohol… it is the struggles and problems of the imperfect beer world that makes it getting towards the perfect beer world fun…

Otherwise it would be as boring as playing basketball against a fifth grader…

and not the last entry, but last I read… Alan who writes a Good Beer Blog over at BeerBlog.GenX40.com surprised us with what would be a good list of things to be thankful this Thanksgiving…

… Be thankful for what you have… wise words!

I know perfectionism is elusive and even relative in some cases… but if there is room for improvement, I’m all up for it… had it not been for dreamers looking to make things better we wouldn’t have computers or internet and be able to communicate with beer enthusiasts around the world…

In the US I think we have it good when it comes to beer… we have more craft breweries spawning in both small and big cities across the US than anywhere else that I’m aware of… I am seeing more craft beer make it to the menus of restaurants and bars…

After reading some blog posts from around the world, it makes me even more thankful for what I have at home… and wish others could have the same…

With that I want to thank everyone who participated in this month’s Session!

Great entries… all great reads…especially those who took the approach of ‘If I ruled the world’…

I guess in the Perfect Beer World, the Session’s host would do a better job at describing the topic… ha…  Cheers!

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