Hi. I’m a 55 year old Englishman, who has been exiled in the USA since 2000.
Desperately missing cask ale, pubs and beer culture, dingsbeerblog.com is mostly a stream of consciousness, but is also a lot of me bitching & moaning – it’s what I do best; well that and drink beer.
I’ve been drinking, studying, reading about, and have generally been immersed in high quality beer for approx. 40 years. The first twentyish of those years in the UK, and that last twenty-two here in the USA (eighteen in Atlanta, GA, and now four in Fort Wayne, IN). Because of my background, I have experience and cultural reference points that are both uncommon amongst the movers and shakers in the contemporary, American beer scene. This means that my opinions, ideas and vantage points are inevitably often much different to most of the beer people that I interact with in the USA; that makes for some pretty interesting, and lively conversation. I hope to bring some of that rich
flavor flavour to dingsbeerblog.
The blog didn’t simply appear out of thin air. For well over seven years (from late 2003 until April of 2011) I had been contributing on a daily (in some cases hourly) basis at beeradvocate.com with thousands of beer & place reviews, forum posts, and photo credits to my name. However, things changed a lot on beeradvocate (I strongly encourage you to read the full story), and because of those changes I felt the need to start a completely independent record of my inner beer thoughts; hence dingsbeerblog. I posted here relatively regularly here from 2011 until 2015. Then the site went dormant for about six years until May of 2021. Now I’m back.
Welcome along, grab something appropriate, kick back and enjoy – it should be fun! See you at the bar.
Revised, May 2021