Beer and Pavement

More than 10 Beer Blogs You Should Know

Posted in Beer by Zac on December 6, 2011

The beer blogging community has been good to me. I owe a huge amount of gratitude to bloggers who write about beer and then turn around an comment here and occasionally link back to this lowly space on the interwebs. It’s been a good year for me in the beer blogosphere.

So, I am submitting for your approval a list of ten 24 great beer blogs. I read many times that number, but there’s no way I could comment on them all. Inevitably, I will leave someone out who writes a good beer blog, but I mean no disrespect. These just happen to be the ten 24 beer blogs I read and enjoy the most. They are in no particular order, because you can’t rank art. Well, I’ll probably do that later this month when I rank music. Still, I picked ten(ish) 24 beer blogs  you should know about and read.

Boozy Beer Blogs: Beer and Whiskey Brothers / It’s Just Booze Dancing – Already, I’m making it hard to stick to ten blogs. Both of these blogs are active and able to post a fair amount on beer while somehow maintaining a decent amount on other boozy topics. B&WB‘s most impressive trait is that they actually respond to every comment which is a lot. Their traffic is impressive, but their thought-provoking posts get people commenting. IJBD brings its game to the people by commenting all over the place, causing one to check out what is an excellent blog along the same vein as the Brothers.

The Pour Curator – For a while, I thought TPC was a one-trick pony, only writing about beer label art. However, we cross paths all the time on comment threads that have very little to do with art. He regularly demonstrates an aptitude for tackling all beery subjects with grace and accuracy. That and the beer art posts are pretty good as well.

Appellation Beer Blog – Stan Hieronymus perfectly balances high-end beer knowledge with engaging discussion. He puts topics out there, gives his two cents, and leaves room for readers or other bloggers to take the conversation from there. That there is good bloggin’. Also, he has been known to feature and idea or two from this rather confused blog you’re reading right now.

Boak & Bailey’s Beer Blog – I’ll be honest, British beer blogs used to turn me off. There’s a pretension around British beer that I don’t get, especially when so much of the beer from the UK that does arrive here is somewhat undrinkable. (Some, not all.) However, B&B have a knack for keeping the discussion both highbrow and approachable. That and they regularly engage their commenters with respect and thoughtfulness.

Living in Missouri: KC Beer Blog / STL Hops – Since there are no regular beer blogs in Middle-Missouri, I have to make due with blogs from the state’s two largest cities. Their regular reports keep me up-to-date on what’s available here. Usually, I can expect that we’ll get whatever beers Kansas City or St. Louis get within a week. If only there was a more dedicated beer blog here in Columbia like one of these great blogs.

Kindred Spirits: Lyrics, Libations, and Life / Beer on My Shirt – Few blogs align closely to what I’m doing. A lot of my readers come from one kind of blog or the other. LL&L is maybe the only blog I’ve found that covers music and beer. Plus, dude is a regular commenter. Another blogger who visits here often is the guy with beer on his shirt. I was drawn to this blog from following his quest for one of my favorite beers, Bell’s Expedition Stout. Now, he stops by and comments on both the beer and music posts.

It’s a Fucking Beer – All you need to know is in the title. The Dude took some time off recently for some filming (his day job), but he’s back and you won’t regret reading his straight-forward beer reviews.

A Good Beer Blog – Well, it’s a good beer blog. Regular features and some great insight into the craft beer scene make AGBB a must read.

R.I.P.: The Hopry – Technically, this doesn’t make the list as The Hopry is now defunct. Like the guys at New Brew Thursday, Mark Starr lets you sit in as he tasted some rare and tasty beers. Add in some music and nice video production, and you have one of the best vlogs – beer or otherwise – on the net. It was also a bonus that Starr was based out of KC, giving it that local feel. Sadly, The Hopry is no more.

Zythophile – At the front of the Oxford Companion to Beer battles, I have learned more about beer’s history than anywhere else from Martyn Cornell’s online project. I appreciate the detailed posts and the genuinely friendly atmosphere in the comments section. It’s a super-interesting read for sure.

Make Mine Potato – An avid beer nerd who trades and goes to the far reaches of Kentucky for rare beers just to provide us plenty of beer porn and to write of beery existential dilemmas or something like that. This is was my first pusher into beer geekdom.

Homebrewing Comrades: Kentucky Brew Review / The North Denver Home Brew Project – I “met” both of these bloggers over at Beer & Whiskey Bros. Since, they have been regular commenters, especially on homebrew posts. KBR is all about the bourbon and bourbon barrel, go figure. TNDHBP hasn’t posted in a while, but I “see” him all the time in comment threads. This blog chronicles the home brewing adventures of Denver suburbanites who seem to thrive on creating great beer and even greater labels.

More homebrew: Mash.Sparge.Boil / The Mad Fermentationist

Some to add to the RSS feed/Blogroll: The following are too new to me to provide accurate commentary. So, I’ll just give them the benefit of my massive traffic flow, all 100 of my page views a day. What I’ve seen so far, it’s good stuff and now just sucking more of my time, time I should be using to drink more beer.

It’s What’s on Tap

Beerbecue

Beersay

The Good Stuff

Beers I’ve Known

Did I forget your blog? It was not intentional. That or you never leave comments and so I’m unaware of your existence. Let me know either way and I’ll do my best to rectify the situation. I know I’m forgetting someone, but this post has already gone longer than I originally intended.

Comments are welcome.

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  1. Steve said, on December 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

    host of last month’s session perhaps ;)

    • Zac said, on December 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

      Yes. See. I knew I would forget people. Soon to be rectified.

    • Phil said, on December 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      Steve, you sneaked in, good man ;) lol

  2. johnking82 said, on December 6, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for the shout, I read the mad fermentationist a lot as well as Beer and Whiskey. it’s a F*ckin beer always makes me laugh. That reminds me…I need to post.

    • Zac said, on December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Yep. Agreed on all comments.

  3. Lyrics, Libations, and Life said, on December 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thanks a ton for the acknowledgement! I definitely have locked onto your blog for the same reason.

    • Lyrics, Libations, and Life said, on December 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Oh yeah, I totally just subscribed to a few more blogs thanks to this blog as well.

      • Zac said, on December 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

        That’s what I’m here for.

    • Zac said, on December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      For reals. We music/beer bloggers have to stick together.

  4. G-LO said, on December 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Yo Zac!

    Thanks so much for the mention! Don & Jim’s blog is first rate and their discussions are infinitely thought provoking AND HIGHLY entertaining. Got to your blog and several others because of them.

    Cheers!
    G-LO

    • Zac said, on December 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      No prob. I like to give props to those who support my efforts in coalition building.

      • G-LO said, on December 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

        Totally! That has been the most rewarding and fun aspect about blogging. It’s been a great opportunity to interact with alot of smart, fun, and well informed people with similar interests. A great way to broaden your horizons!

      • Zac said, on December 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

        Now, if I could only find a way to make living doing it…

      • G-LO said, on December 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

        Please. Like that thought doesn’t cross my mind every minute of the day.

  5. Ryan said, on December 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Great list. I’ll be sure to check out some I haven’t yet read. I can tell you the first three are good people.

    • Zac said, on December 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      The idea was to get some folks connected. I’m glad you found something useful here.

  6. Jim said, on December 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    First!

    On your list at least. Thanks for including us, even if we’re officially Idiots and DOn’s conservative ways give you hives!

    • Zac said, on December 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      And your first comment as I had to approve it first. Honestly, a good chunk of my traffic comes from your blog so… tit for tat or something like that.

  7. Phil said, on December 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks Zac, much obliged for the mention, hope that you continue to visit the blog. I’ll add you to the blog roll on mine over the next few days. Cheers

    • Zac said, on December 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Sweet. Thanks. I too have a blogroll to update.

  8. Bailey said, on December 7, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Aw, thanks, that’s very nice of you. Worried you’re missing out on some other good British beer blogs, though… (PS. and we just found you on Twitter! Now following.)

    • Zac said, on December 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

      I know there are other good British beer blogs. I have a bias I have to get over. Yeah, I noticed Twitter was pretty active in bringing folks my way. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Greg said, on December 7, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for the shout, Zac. Always enjoy the discourse, and it’s been good to see you posting a ton this month. Glad the blog’s keeping you interested. I’ll try to keep it a pony with at least two or three tricks… ;-)

    • Zac said, on December 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Good to hear. Yeah, I’m interested now, but I may falter at some point. I think I can keep from dipping below three posts a week. That’s probably what you’ll see in the coming year. I’m already down to weekdays again now that it’s December.

  10. Mark said, on December 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Totally agree with most of the blogs listed (and am always on the lookout for more good ones, so thanks for that). And since you asked… I always hate the notion of pimping my beer blog, but perhaps that’s why few read it (that I know of, at least):p

  11. Steve said, on December 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for sneaking me in on the end there! Now I’m home I can have a decent perusal of you US? blog reccomendations. For other UK beer blogs try Ghost Drinker http://ghostdrinker.blogspot.com/ and Pencil and Spoon http://www.pencilandspoon.com/

    • Zac said, on December 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Thanks for the tips. I will check them out.

  12. beerbecue said, on December 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for the shout. I enjoy your posts.

  13. Alex said, on December 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    A super late thanks for the shout-out, Zac! I really do need to post a lot more to justify my spot in your top 24. This could be the push I’ve needed.


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