All I can say is WOW! April 2011 marks the third annual installment of English Beer Month here at The Brew Club. How time flies when you’re having fun, right?
So what’s English Beer Month you’re asking? Well, I’m assuming that the title is self-descriptive, but in case you haven’t had your morning coffee yet, let me break it down for you, starting with the history.
Back in 2009, we were doing a bunch of Irish beer reviews for St. Patrick’s Day which, you know, is on March 17 each year. Bob the Brit suggested, and rightly so, that perhaps some more focused attention should be given to the many excellent English beers that are available.
I thought it was a great idea considering English beers were (and still are) some of my favorite beers, but they usually get overshadowed in the craft-beer craze, or in this case, the attention on Irish-beer. Why April? Well, there’s a little bit of history involved that I won’t dig into, but in a nutshell April 23 is celebrated as St. George’s Day – St. George being the patron saint of England.
An so began English Ale Month. (Or English Beer Month)
So, since 2009, for the month of April, we’ve focused the entire month on English beers, hoping to shed some light on, and give some respect to the many fine English beers and English brewers that we mistakenly pass up (I’m guilty of this too.)
In years past, I’ve also sampled and reviewed the English beers, along with Bob the Brit, but this year is a little different! See, my Wife and I have a baby girl coming at the end of the month, 🙂 and so the timing could not be better for me to take a back seat and let Bob the Brit drive for awhile!
So, with that in mind, I hope you enjoy the month of English beer reviews that will be highlighted here on The Brew Club, and I also hope that it inspires you to revisit some of those classic English ales that you’ve been passing up in the store.
Scott – TheBrewClub