The Session #101 — July 2015 — The Roundup
The Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic. Each month, a different beer blogger hosts the Session, chooses a topic and creates a round-up listing all of the participants, along with a short pithy critique of each entry. You can find more information on The Session on Brookston Beer Bulletin.
For July 2015, I had the distinct pleasure of hosting The Session. The topic was Bottles, Caps and Other Beer Detritus. I found it great fun to write on a topic I find increasingly diverse and interesting, but even more so, reading from other beer enthusiasts on their tangential beer fetishes. Read the other entries, along with my comments, below. I entitled my thoughts, the same as the theme, Bottles, Caps and Other Beer Detritus.
Bottled Roger's Beer
Flotsam, Jetsam and Me
In sharing his love of beer detritus, Roger tells us he loves to include bottle caps in his beer blog posts. And that bottle openers should be included, too. I agree! He declares that coasters are collectables. Me too! I never thought of a pallet being part of a beer collection. But I have to ask, "Where did you get it and what do you do with it?"
Tale of the Ale
Reuben Gray displays the Porterhouse grenage-style pull on their 330ml bottles. I found it interesting that what I call beer coasters, are also called beer mats in other parts of the world. Reuben is working on his in-home brewery. Good luck with that!
Sean collects bottle labels (when he can get them off) — that is until it got to be too voluminous.
And, Sean is not afraid to lay down the law for how beer labels should be.
The Beer Nut
This is a beer story from Ireland. The Beer Nut blog post reviewed the labeling of a bottle of Stone's Xocoveza Mocha Stout.
The Bitten Bullet
Barry Masterson is another Irishman and co-founder of a consumer organisation supporting Irish-owned micro breweries. Barry tells the story, "...last month, while visiting a garage sale, when I mentioned I was interested in beer glasses, the owner's daughter asked if I would be interested in a box of beer mats (coasters) from the 60s and 70s. Normally I would say no, but what a box!"
Community Beer Works
Dan is a brewery and has a great quote in telling about his beer detritus, “Nobody has just one growler”. That says a lot.
The Beer Blog
Alan McLeod apparently doesn't care much about bottle caps or label design. He says, "Well, except to the extent that they are a means to inflate the cost of beer. I care about that."
The Brew Site
Jon Abernathy at The Brew Site wrote that while he does pay attention to the detritus, packing and art... "But then you should see my beer collection." Jon noted that the general topic of beer detritus (by another name) was reviewed in The Session #55 Beer Logos & Labels.
Luke wrote about his passion for Victorian Craft Beer Labels. "I love beer labels. I don’t consider them detritus." I don't either, I just don't have room to keep all the beautiful stuff that comes with beer.