Friday, February 13, 2009

Are You Down With SBP?

Just about two years ago, I contacted a young journalist who was pushing a radical idea. Session beer was his name and session drinking was his game. So I bit hard and talked the fine folks at Ortino's into a couple of events. The food at the two dinners was great as always, but the attendance wasn't that great. Then came the big cheese, my baby, The Session Summer Of Love. Lots of buzz from near and far. The brewers were pumped to prove that they could make a session beer worthy of a beer geeks passion. A right smart crowd turned up on a Friday for firkin night and a not too shabby crowd was there for a hot Saturday afternoon on Memorial Day weekend. But alas, nobody wanted to continue what I saw, as well as others saw, as a right smart event. Now maybe it will all come down to 2009 as the year of Session Fest. The question is, will I raise that banner somewhere else before Kennett? Or will Kennett kick off a fine fall season of session beers? Only the beer gods know for sure.


Dr Joel said...

Down with SBP, yeah you know me.

Not sure if your usual music references have dipped into the realm of early 90s hip-hop or if its a coincidence but you have my undying support either way.

Dan Bengel said...

My musical references are always dipping into something. And I thank you for your support.

Lew Bryson said...

We're raising the banner during Philly Beer Week at The Tiedhouse. SESSION!

You and me, though, Dan: pioneers. Ahead of our time. And I owe you thanks for the idea, the guts, and the opportunity for that first sessionsational event.

Dan Bengel said...

You are way too kind sir, it was your first blog (out of 12 you have now) that gave me the idea to even think about doing something like that. I hope to see you there!