Back of the Ferry: Bladdamasta and his band of bloggers weigh in from Sydney with their take on the Australian beer scene. As most of my readers are American, most of us will never try the beers they write about, short of taking a trip to Australia for a week or three of drunken wanderings, but don’t let that stop all of you from checking out the blog on a regular basis. You learn all sorts of stuff about cricket and rugby and arcane bits of Aussie culture, and the photos of the beer, usually taken from the back end of a commuter ferry with the Sydney Opera House in the background, or taken on some impossibly beautiful beach, make for the best beerporn on the internet. Lately these Australian Merry Pranksters have gained some access to some of the better American brews, and their take on our beer makes for fascinating reading.
Beer Samizdat: Speaking of Merry Pranksters, Jay in San Francisco has established a little fiefdom in a corner of the web, at various times blogging about music, books, politics, movies, sports and beer. I first encountered him on his Agony Shorthand blog, which as I recall was all music, all the time. He stopped updating that blog and has since then opened and closed blogs dealing with music, politics, books, beer, sports, etc. I think there was even a short lived movie blog in there at one point. The one topic that he regularly returns to is beer, and Beer Samizdat is his latest beercentric blog (he also currently has a general interest blog (The Hedonist Jive) and a music tumblr (Dynamite Hemorrhage)). Being in Northern California, Jay has ready access to some of the best breweries in the country, and he has also developed a nationwide trading network, which nets him tasty treats from all points on the map. He is an impeccably honest reviewer, one of the few to say that when it comes to Pliny The Elder, the emperor has no clothes. I don’t necessarily agree with that assessment, but I like that he is willing to call ’em as he sees ’em.
You Stay Hoppy Austin: More than just a blog, You Stay Hoppy Austin is one man’s attempt to be a central clearing house for all Austin beer news. Not being in Austin, I am not in a position to judge how well that goal is filled, but as a supporter of the ever growing Texas craft beer scene, it is a must read for me.
The Vice Blog: The proprietor of the Vice Blog, Aaron, is focused on writing novels, so he does not update this blog as often as he used to, but this blog is still one of the funniest reads you will find, and is well worth poking around in for a few hours. I am ever mindful of Aaron’s admonition that Most Beer Blogs Suck and do my best to keep Tilting Suds above the Mendoza Line of Beer Blog Suckitude.
It’s a Fucking Beer: Pithy reviews of beer, which get more entertaining the less he likes the beer. The blog name says it all.