Beer Tasting Notes? What’s this about? (Post spoiler. You can get a free copy of this book if you read on. There’s only 5 so shhhhh.) (Post Update! Prizes have all been claimed! Thanks to all who participated!)
We’ve been reviewing beer here on The Brew Club for almost two years now, and for the most part my beer reviewing methodology was seat-of-the pants, immediate feedback from mouth to keyboard, (and by that I don’t mean I type with my tongue.)
I typically do my beer reviews ‘on the fly’ in real time as I’m enjoying the beer.
Anybody else do that?
While my palate is improving, and I’m learning more about the flavors of beers, there’s only so much brainpower I’m willing to expend on such an endeavor, and I kind of like the spontaneous beer review. Still, I’m always looking for ways to improve my reviewing ability both for myself, and you the cherished visitor!
Recently while reviewing the Southern Tier Porter, I did something that I’ve never done before. I jotted down some beer tasting notes! I had my Southern Tier Porter, and I wrote down my impressions of the beer in my Beer Tasting Notes book.
After I finished my notes, I began to put the review into blog format, and fleshed it out a bit as I was able to open bottle #2 (for verification purposes of course) and I found that it was actually a little easier to get my words and ideas onto the electronic page after having written them on the paper page first.
Seems like an extra step (it is), but I felt that having my thoughts written out beforehand in some sort of logical order made the actual review a little bit easier to do. I was even able to stop the beer review, run a few errands and pick up where I left off which would have been difficult otherwise.
So what brought about this new beer reviewing method? Well, fellow beer-blogger Nate over at Brewery Reviewery sent me some free copies of his Beer Tasting Notes books as a VERY generous thank you gift for some assistance I gave him with his website. (I didn’t do anything really.)
Still, Nate insisted on sending me some of his books to try with my beer reviews, and perhaps give some copies away for others to try. (Which I will if you read on!)
The book itself is quite simple. In the front it has a table of contents where you can list your beer reviews in an easy to access place. Then, you have 75 pages for your beer review notes which has places for you to put all the information about your beer from the price and style, to taste and mouthfeel notes.
This beer review business is an odd thing, but I’ll admit that it’s interesting to compare beers, even when there is no comparison! Still, a book like this might help someone who doesn’t run a big fancy beer blog like this 😉 to keep track of their own beer adventures. Actually, that’s why The Brew Club got started in the first place, as a way to keep track of beers we exchanged, but in reality, having a book handy like the Brewery Reviewery Beer Tasting Notes book is a lot easier!
So I mentioned something about giving away some copies. If you’ve read this far you should have slim competition! I have 5 copies of Nate’s Beer Tasting Notes to give away so I wanted to make it easy, but still make it a little challenging as well. Why bother? Well, as I mentioned I think its a neat tool for the beer geek, and also the Beer Tasting Notes goes for $10 on Amazon so it isn’t like it’s of no value either! It might be worth your time!
All you have to do to get a free copy of Beer Tasting Notes is this….
- Must live in the 49 48 contiguous United States. Sorry Alaska and Hawaii people. While I love you I’m just not going to mail stuff to you!
- Be one of the first five people to Tweet about this post on Twitter.
- In the Tweet, mention this post however you want, but you MUST include a link to either this post or http://thebrewclub.com (makes sense, so people can find it) and you MUST include me in the Tweet @TheBrewClub so I can keep track of the first 5 people to do it!
- Sorry, re-tweets of someone else’s entry doesn’t count!
Seems simple enough right? So, if you are one of the first 5 people to tweet about this post, include a link and @thebrewclub, I’ll mail out a free copy of Beer Tasting Notes. I’ll mention the winners here and on Twitter!
If you miss out or are not on Twitter, you can still pick up a copy of Beer Tasting Notes on Amazon. Its $10, but I think its worth it. Good luck!
We have our 5 winners already! (Faster than I thought!) Congratulations to @Chillman2 @Brewerman @BeerPoet @BeerandWhisky (Don) and @BillyBroas. I’ll be in touch!