Brewers And Drinkers (Session #71 Announcement)

Next month I’m pleased to be hosting The Session, the monthly exchange of ideas by beer bloggers. Here’s the announcement post!


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Note: If you’re not a blogger, you may prefer to wait for the round-up which will be out early next year.

It always surprises me how many beer bloggers are out there, and how not all of them brew.

For me brewing was a natural progression from my interest in beer.

But as I’ve discovered more about brewing my enjoyment of beer has changed.

The more I learn the less I enjoy mediocre beers, knowing how easy they are to make. Similarly, great beers seem all the more impressive now.

Apart from this general change, I’ve also become a more analytical drinker. I try to identify flavours in a way that I never did before.

How did they get that biscuity malt flavour up front? Is that raisin? They overdid the bittering hops, didn’t they?

Session #71: Brewers and Drinkers

Brewers and Drinkers is about your relationship with beer and how it’s made. Do you brew? If so why? If not, why not? How does that affect your enjoyment of drinking beer?

Here are some things to think about if you’re stuck:

  • Do you need to brew to appreciate beer?
  • Do you enjoy beer more not knowing how it’s made?
  • If you brew, can you still drink a beer just for fun?
  • Can you brew without being an analytical drinker?
  • Do brewers get to the point where they’re more impressed by technical achievements than sensory delight?
  • Does more knowledge increase your awe in front of a truly excellent beer?

That’s it. Write your post on January 4 2013 and link to it in the comments below. I’ll write a round-up a few days later.

Thanks for taking part!

If you haven’t participated in The Session before, I highly recommend it. It’s a fun way to talk with other bloggers.

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  1. Hi John, cheers for hosting and here’s my Session post on Brewers and Drinkers

  2. Here’s my contribution to this month’s session. Thanks for hosting it.

  3. Thanks for hosting, John! Great topic.

    I have recently started on the home brewing journey to help develop my beer knowledge and communication, so I can be a better part of the conversation in the beery circles I move in.

    But ultimately, I believe brewing knowledge or experience is not required at all to enjoy beer. The real enjoyment of beer comes from a five senses experience when drinking, not just of the beer itself, but also of the time and place/environment that surrounds you.

    My full post is at:

  4. Nice topic, I’ll be interested to read the round up.

    Here’s my contribution:


  5. Thought-provoking questions! I opted to take them one-by-one in my post:

    Thanks for hosting!

  6. Hi John,

    Here’s my contribution


  7. Well, this is the first time I’ve been able to use “foppish dandy” in one of my posts.

    Thanks to John for hosting and provoking me to take that inaugural step:

    Cheers, all!

  8. Thanks for hosting. Here is my contribution: Brewers and Drinkers.

  9. John, thanks for hosting! Here’s my contribution to this month’s Session:


  10. Fun topic and lots of great responses!


  11. Here is my contribution ….

    Thanks for hosting!

  12. Cheers! Here’s the Pacific Brew News contribution to this month’s Session.

  13. Hi John – I’m not sure introspection become me, but here you go:


  14. My contribution, but in spanish. Cheers everyone!

  15. John

    Thanks everyone for joining in. The posts I’ve read so far have been great, really thoughtful, and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest this weekend.

    I’ll put the round-up together as soon as I’ve been able to digest it all.


  16. Hi John, thanks for hosting this month! I had a bit of a slow start but ultimately I really loved this month’s topic, so thank you!

    Here’s my post:


    – Jon

  17. I’m a little late to the party too, but here goes: