Phil Cook's Beer Diaryis approaching its seventh year of operation and is, in my opinion, criminally under-read. It is knowledgeable, witty and provocative, always unafraid to offer an opinion on everything from global trends, being in the mood for wheat beer and the lack of balance in my Twitter avatar. * Here is a sample of his "tastings and ramblings and whatnot":
Good old bloody-great-big Imperial Stout. Where would we be without you, then, huh? There are occasions where something as big and lovely and just-about-terrifying as this are just mandatory. Like here, catching up with a good friend and his family, in something of a now-weirdly-traditional Boxing Day Second Christmas.
Having just celebrated six months of posting, NZ Beer Blog by Martin Craig has caused an immediate impact with his mix of reviews, opinions and arguments. I consider his posts to be well-written and find myself nodding far, far more than shaking my head. The sample I have chosen was from when he decided to enter a mainstream beer into a home brewing tournament:
Thre were 294 entries in the competition, and 266 scored better than Ranfurly Station Pale Ale. So, more than 90 percent of the entries in this year’s SOBA National Homebrew Competition rated better than Ranfurly Station Pale Ale, a commercial beer available at bottle stores and supermarkets around the country, and currently being heavily advertised on TV.