If you’ve been following this blog lately, you’ve seen a steady stream of beer reviews. I know that some people like them, and I certainly like reviewing beers, but I’m faced with a problem… I like to drink beer. I like to drink beer quite often (yes yes, responsibly, rarely very much at any one occasion). I like to drink different kinds of beer, the more variety, the better. Finally, I’m a completist in that I’d like to sample all the different kinds of beers — especially from breweries I like — and I’d like to review and catalogue them all. I’ve been sampling beers for a long time, but only recently started these reviews (and hence the cataloguing).
So, what’s the problem, exactly? Well, my dear readers, I don’t want to clog your blog feed with beer reviews, as I know that many of you probably aren’t so interested in that aspect of the blog. What to do? Well, I could just do fewer reviews, perhaps only review the really special, rarer beers that I try. That is in fact what I plan to do, BUT: I have also discovered a way to satisfy my completist urges and desire to catalogue, so I’ve registered to BeerAdvocate. It’s one of the two big names in beer reviews out there, the other being RateBeer. I tried the latter first, since they have more beers listed in their database, and more reviews as well, but I discovered that the styling of the site is rather rudimentary, and most of the reviews are less involved as well. Incidentally, neither of the sites offers an RSS feed to your own beer reviews, which is a peculiar flaw. I went through the trouble of creating one anyway with the help of Feed43 and Google’s FeedBurner.
But alas, BeerAdvocate has been going through some changes and after having some periods of complete downtime they’ve now managed to completely disable outside access to users’ beer reviews. If you’re a member of the site, you can find all my reviews here, but unfortunately there is no easy way to make them accessible to the general public at this time. The best way to follow my beer reviews at the moment is my Twitter account, as whenever I review a beer on BeerAdvocate, I can post a link to it on Twitter. But I do hope that they manage to fix the site eventually, and I’ll create an RSS feed as soon as that happens. I can hardly believe that at this day and age they haven’t got an RSS feed to begin with, or Facebook and other social media integration gong on (except for a very simple Twitter button).
So, the upshot is that I’m planning to reduce the number of dedicated beer reviews on this blog, and to focus on beers that I consider to be a little bit special — limited editions, seasonals, rarities, or just beers that I’m particularly impressed by or curious about. I’ll direct my desire to catalogue things to BeerAdvocate, but eventually I hope to have an RSS feed of the reviews as well. I do have some forthcoming reviews on a couple of special brews coming up on the blog though, so there’s no need to despair if you enjoy reading them!