Hi. I’m a 45 year old Englishman, marooned in the beer culture desert that is The South of the USA.
Desperately missing cask ale, pubs and beer culture, www.dingsbeerblog.com is largely a stream of consciousness, but is also a lot of me bitching & moaning – it’s what I do best; well that, and drink beer.
I’ve been drinking, studying, reading about and generally immersed in (not literally!), high quality beer for approx. 30 years. The first 18-20 of those years in the UK, and that last 12 here in the USA. Because of my background I have experience and cultural reference points that are both uncommon amongst movers and shakers in the contemporary, American beer scene. This means that inevitably my opinions, ideas and vantage points are very often much different to most of the beer people that I interact with in the US; that makes for some pretty interesting and lively conversation. I hope to bring some of that rich
flavor flavour to the dingsbeerblog.
The blog didn’t simply appear out of thin air. For well over 7 years (up until April of 2011) I had been contributing on a daily (in some cases hourly) basis at beeradvocate.com with thousands of beer & place reviews, forum posts and photo credits to my name. However, things changed a LOT on beeradvocate (I strongly encourage you to read the full story), and because of those changes I felt the need to start a completely independent record of my inner beer thoughts; hence dingsbeerblog.
At dingsbeerblog, censorship, overbearing moderation, inappropriate treatment of people and the general dampening down of dissent will NOT be in evidence!
Welcome along, grab something appropriate, kick back and enjoy – it should be fun!
Ding, October 2012.