Andy Murphy is a part-time writer/humorist living north of Boston, MA. His online collaborations have included the weekly humor column StolenSoap and assistance with the online presence of Shoot Me Now. If you are like most audiences, you don’t want to hear his standup routine.
Discovering New Beer
Like the great John Lee Hooker song, your author has long been an enthusiast of bourbon, scotch whisky, and beer; with particular attention paid to brewpubs, microbreweries, and craft brewers.
Most of America knows little more than the beer coming from Miller, Coors, or Anheuser-Busch. But while the beer market keeps growing, the major channels are consolidating. Miller and Coors have become one company, and Anheuser-Busch has been acquired — merged into the multi-national brewing conglomerate now called A-B InBev.
Little is wrong with some of the beer coming in from the big guys, but the beer selection suffers from a version of the Hollywood affliction — a reluctance to veer from the tried-and-true formula of blockbuster and sequel, backfilled by schlocky comedies and predictable storylines.
This website is intended to serve as a discussion forum for discovering and sharing information about a wide variety of beer, from the tiny micros to the heavy hitters.
The Beer A Day.net Challenge
We’re kicking off 2009 with a challenge intended to jump start the discovery process. Throughout 2009, your author will be drinking one new beer every day for the entire year.
Simple on the surface, but there are strict rules:
1. Drink a new beer every day of 2009.
2. Drink no more than one beer in any given day.
3. No repeats allowed during 2009.
4. Each beer will be logged here, on Beer A Day.net.
The rules mean Andy has only one chance to really “get to know” a new beer — there’s no extra pint allowed to serve as a second opinion.
It won’t be easy. It really won’t. But other spirits are certainly not off-limits. So with any luck, you’ll find additional content around wine, whiskey, port, sake, tequila, vodka, and so forth.
Get More by Participating
Join in on the discussion through the Forum and blog comments. Make beer suggestions. Add your own “cheers and jeers”, or merely following along through Twitter or subscribe via Email. And if you have private questions or suggestions, please reach out via the Contact page.
And throughout it all, remember to drink responsibly — don’t drink bad beer!