Welcome to Poets Day Pint, a beer blog for the layman, not the dray man, so it's jargon-free and easy to read, whether you're an ale newbie or a Camra stalwart.
Why Poets Day Pint? For 18 years, “Poets Day” has meant nothing to my life, other than it was harder to get hold of people I needed to get hold of, because my jobs have never worked the sort of hours that mean you P*** Off Early because Tomorrow’s Saturday. Now, however, I (hope to) have the flexibility to occasionally down tools early on a Friday (so long as I’ve been a good boy the rest of the week) and enjoy a tipple, to mark the end of a good week’s work.
They won’t all be pints. I’ll be trying out ales in all their forms, from 330ml bottles, to foreign measures and anything else I might stumble upon.
The other thing that’s changed, allowing me to start this blog, is that I’m now no longer tied, professionally, to a particular brewery. Over the course of the last few years, I’ve worked as a supplier to a couple of breweries, most recently Black Sheep Brewery, and a few years prior to that, Jennings. Both made really nice beer and it was this work that got me interested in the different styles of ales, but I’ve found that a lot of beer writers (forgive me if you’re reading this and you’re one of those who doesn’t fit into this category) can have quite a technical slant. With the industry trying to attract new drinkers to ales (it sounds irresponsible, it’s not, as it’s looking to convert people from other areas of the market, ie lager, cider, to the wonderful, diverse, world of ale, and to do so responsibly) I thought some jargon-free reviews might be appropriate.
Personally, I have accrued a little knowledge, allowing me to be a pretty good judge when picking a new beer to try, so, hopefully, some of my reviews and comments will help people spot new beers that might just appeal to them.
Along the way, I am sure I’ll also break down some misconceptions, not least my own (I used to think the Americans only did lagery beers – I was wrong – see my review of Yazoo’s superb AmericanaFest for more). I’ll be calling in at the odd brewery and writing about the experience, and generally having a good time exploring the wide world of beer! I hope you enjoy it!
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