Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Why "Yours for Good Fermentables"?

I was recently asked this question:

I'm sure it's explained somewhere already, but can you tell me the origins of your blog name? Is it supposed to be saying, "I'm yours for 'good fermentables'" or "Yours for good, Fermentables" - neither make a whole lot of sense to me
I responded:
With cell phones, email, social e-networking, texting, and their ilk, the common (not fancy) practice of letter writing has become a lost art and practice.

Letters would begin with a greeting such as "Dear so and so" and conclude with a farewell acknowledgment such as "Sincerely yours".

I first began using "Yours for good fermentables" as a valediction in letters I was writing in the early 1990s, merely as a riff, but with beery poetic license.

By using the phrase for the name of this blog, I'm implying a responsibility for honest communication from me to my readers about beer —and wine, whisk9e0y, and other good fermentables.

This correspondence occurred not on paper, but on the 'social' website, Facebook.

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