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The Session 122: Views on Imported Beer

To quote Jay Brook of the Brookston Beer Bulletin: “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. Over time, it is the hope — of me, at least — that a record will be created with much useful information about various topics on the subject of beer. The idea for the Sessions began with fellow beer writer Stan Hieronymus, who noticed similar group endeavors in other blogospheres and suggested those of us in the beer world create our own project. Here is Stan’s original thought process to start-up the Session.”

I will be leading The Session’s 122nd edition. To participate, write a post answering the questions I’ve posed below. The post should go up on the first Friday of April: April 7th. If you can’t get it up by April 7, post it late but still let me know! Leave a comment with a link to your post in the comment section of this post. I’ll write a wrap up by mid-April. Have fun and please do participate.

The Session #122: Views on Imported Beer

I love imported beer, specifically Belgian and German beer. They’re what I drink. My cellar is made up of Belgian beers, my fridge is full of them, and there a few stashed around in a closet or two as well. Imported beer is my life. I drink them. I write about them. I travel to experience them. In fact, my career involves working with Imported Beer. I manage several prominent import portfolios for a Oregon craft focused wholesaler. And while I have a vested interest in the success of Imported Beer, it doesn’t lessen my passion for the traditional beers of Europe. As craft beer sales have surged across America, sales of imported beers have suffered. I’m going to ask a couple of questions.

For American and Canadians: What place do imported beers (traditional European) have in a craft beer market?

For Non North Americans: How are American beers (imported into YOUR country) viewed? What is their place in your market?

The Foeders of Rodenbach
The Foeders of Rodenbach

12 thoughts on “The Session 122: Views on Imported Beer

  1. Christopher, I like how you subtly frame the predominance of certain beer styles in the U.S. I also like that you invited Canadians to the party (I’m one myself), and that you left room for folks from Europe and elsewhere to reflect upon how “craft beer” has had an impact on their respective beer scenes. I’ve been in Vienna for the past few years (which means I’m also close to Bavaria and Bohemia). It’s been interesting, to say the least, to see how both the concept and practice of “craft” have been interpreted, sometimes to the enrichment of the local beer scene, and fairly often (in my opinion) to its detriment. I really hope they don’t throw out the proverbial baby with the bathwater in the rush to embrace all those American hops.

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