On today’s show… it’s The Session, hosted this month by Gastronomic Fight Club.  You all are familiar with "Wine Blogging Wednesday", well, the beer bloggers of the world decided that if the grape people had their coordinated blogging events that we malty types should have one too: enter The Session.

The Session is the brain child of beer writer Stan Hieronymus, author of Brew Like a Monk (which I’ve written about on The Spirit World).  The first Session was in March and there’s been one on the first Friday of the month ever since.  Today is The Session #4.

The subject for today’s Session is local brews and I devote the first part of the show to participating in that blogging event.  My original plan was to take the microphone to John Harvard’s and talk freely while doing a sampler, but real life often gets in the way of my plans.  The rules were to pick the brewery or brewpub closest to your house.  Well, for me, that would be John Harvard’s.  In the end I had to pick the brewery or brewpub that actually had beer in my house.  This week it’s another Southampton brew, their 10th Anniversary Old Ale.

I round out the first half of the show with a report on some Long Island Beer destinations: the Brickhouse, Doc Finley’s Publick House, and Canterbury Ales.  And, of course, I do the Long Island Beer Calendar.

In the second half of the show, Rich joins me for a chat about the recent Spring Craft Beer Festival held at the Nassau County Colosseum.  Rich put the attendance for his session at about 250.  Another person emailed me a brief report about the festival and said they figured there was about a thousand at the evening session.  Both agreed that the Nassau County Colosseum was a sad place for a beer fest.

Next week… I take the family to Legends in New Suffolk.

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