Tweet I don't know who Alan Brewer is. Never heard of him, never read his opus. I assume he's someone who knows about beer, otherwise the Spanish magazine Bar&Beer wouldn't publish him. And most likely, he knows more than me, that's the least I expect from someone who's been writing on the subject for as long as he claims.
I don't know who Alan Brewer is. I've looked him up on the Internet, but wasn't able to find anyone beer related with that name. I sent emails to two of the most important bloggers from the other side of the Atlantic (Mr Brewer lives in Brooklyn) y they weren't able to give me any solid information. One of them said that he suspected the name was an pseudonym, A. Brewer (geddit?), and the other one said that the name rang a bell, perhaps someone who wrote some time in the past for a magazine.
I don't know who Alan Brewer is, but he has insulted me. Not only me, had that been the case, I wouldn't give a toss. He's someone I don't know and doesn't know me (and likely doesn't even read me). But in his article published in the latest issue of Bar&Beer, titled "Illiterate Bloggers", Alan Brewer insults all those who write about beer on the Internet.
There Alan Brewer voices his disappointment with the magazine for having hired me, saying that they have allowed the fox into the hen-house and closes saying that if the hiring standards of the magazine have fallen so low, he could recommend a homeless man he knows, who is an expert in strong canned beers of less than a dollar. In the middle he rants that the only decent thing about beer on the Internet is BeerAdvocate, that blogs are badly written and full of mistakes, that beer bloggers don't read, etc. (Nobody is going to deny that much of what's written about beer on the Internet leaves a lot to be desired, but the same can be said about what's written on the printed media. Anyway, that's something that has been already discussed by Alan, me and others).
He also tells us about his romantic beginnings as a beer writer. Of how he was one of the people that created self publishing, writing fanzines on second hand computers, which after photocopying, they would distribute in the local brewpubs. It seems to me that Brewer's biggest issue with bloggers is that we have it too easy. Everything is a click or two away, material, contacts to breweries and other people in the beer community from around the world, and what we publish becomes instantly available to anyone with an Internet connection, no matter where they are, and they can also easily contact us and leave comments that in most cases enrich everyone's knowledge.
How do we dare! Don't we understand that beer writing is is the prerogative of just a few chosen ones, who write for printed media of limited reach? The rest had better shut up and accept what these wise men say.
The whole bunch of us, people who dedicate part of our free time to share beer ideas and experiences, in several languages and from different countries, in most cases without any commercial commitments whatsoever, are doing beer nothing but harm.
And all those micro and regional brewers and distributors who contact us, let us know of news, send us samples or invite us to events. How cold they have been so easily fooled by these upstarts? Specially when they can hire the services of marketing, PR and advertising agencies.
What planet does this bloke live? No one can be so pigheaded, so out of touch with reality! He even says blogging is a phenomenon that has already expired. If so, someone should go and tell "real" beer writers like Pete Brown, Stan Hieronymus and Stephen Beaumont that they are wasting their times with their blogs, that with them they are lowering themselves to the level of the uneducated, bourgeois beer rabble.
Perhaps Alan Brewer is a better writer than all of them put together, but until I can find in a Prague newsagent something he has written I will never find out. In the meantime, I'm happy that from the comfort of my home I can have access to what countless other illiterate bloggers write about beer.
I still don't know who Alan Brewer is, but I'm beginning to think that he's a.... Well, I'd rather leave it there.
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