Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What (and where) is a Beer Garden? Announcement for The Session: Beer Blogging Friday #134.

Beer Blogging Friday: The Session is a monthly event for the beer blogging community, begun in March of 2007 by Stan Hieronymus of Appellation Beer and Jay Brooks of the Brookston Beer Bulletin.

On the first Friday of every month, a pre-determined beer blogger hosts The Session, choosing a specific, beer-related topic, inviting all bloggers to write on it, and posting a roundup of all the responses received.

For The Session: Beer Blogging Friday #134, on 6 April 2018, I am that pre-determined host. And I've determined that my topic is ...

Beer Gardens

"A Beer Garden" (Jean Pagès, 1933)

What is a beer garden? Or what isn't a beer garden? Or what should a beer garden be? Or where is a beer garden?

Is a beer garden a place of foliage and shrubberies? Or is it a plot of concrete with umbrellas? Is a beer garden an outdoor bar? Or an outdoor Biergarten pavilion with Gemütlichkeit und Bier? Or is a beer garden to be found at a brewery with a hop trellis de rigueur?

Hop-pickers' lunch

Is a beer garden to be found outdoors, or can it be, alternatively, an interior third place, an arboretum with beer? Is a beer garden a real thing or is it a Platonic ideal, an imagined gueuzic nostalgia? Or is it a place indeed, once or often visited, not Bill Bryson in the woods, but Lew Bryson in a beer garden? If so, where is it? Tell us (with or without Lew).

According to the Beer Bloggers Conference, there are over 1,000 active "Citizen Beer Blogs" in North America, over 500 "Citizen Beer Blogs" throughout the rest of the world, and another couple hundred industry beer blogs. So, jump in folk. Please contribute!

Here's how. On Friday, 6 April, post an essay on beer gardens to your blog. Then let me give you credit. Provide a link to the story by: A blog itself isn't even necessary to contribute.

If you don't have a blog, you could compose a 280-character tweet, or post a photo on Instagram, and link that to me. Or, if so inspired, you could write an essay (300-500 words are ideal and 1,200 would be the most you'd want for a blog post, short-attention-span and all that) and send it to me before the 6th (so that I'll have time to format it for the blog). Use this form.

On a warm summer evening, I love to watch the light filter through the leaves of the dogwood and viburnum, with a beer in hand salad on the table, listening to the conversation of friends. "Why is it," I wonder, "that food and beer taste so much better together when we're in the beer garden.
Dinner in the Beer Garden, by Lucy Saunders.

The topic is beer gardens: whatever they may be, wherever they may be. And even your backyard, Olmsted-esque or humble, might be a Moon Over Beer garden. On Friday, 6 April, tell the world about it.

Thanking you in advance,
Yours for good fermentables,
Thomas 'Tom' Cizauskas

  • Image credits (top to bottom):
    • A Beer Garden," by artist Jean Pagès, in 1933. As seen at Jay Brook's "Beer in Art" Tumblr.
    • Hogs Back Brewery's chairman Rupert Thompson gives a final look over the hop pickers’ lunch amid mature Farnham White Bine hops, the first planting of the hop variety in its native soil of Surrey, "since the last bines were grubbed up 85 years ago." Photo courtesy Martyn Cornell (at Zythophile).
    • "alebush, n. A bunch of ivy or other plant hung up as a tavern sign." —O.E.D. Word of the Day, on Twitter, 14 July 2017, using an illustration by Imogen Foxwell. All rights reserved.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing, Thomas - I'll post some photos and recipes, cheers!


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