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Sometimes when you run away for the weekend, you meet some of the coolest finds.
I literally ran into the Maryland Craft Beer Festival on a recent jog through downtown Frederick, Md. The festival featured more than 25 Maryland brewing companies who poured 150-plus local craft beers.
The whole experience got me thinking about beer and wine blogs. So here we are.
Sacred Drop Channel aims to bring its readers the “culture behind the wine, beer, and food.”
Blogger April Yap-Hennig started the blog in Spain with the idea of sharing her experiences and love of Spanish wine. The site since has expanded to include wine and food experiences, from Portugal to the United States.
“To understand a wine, you need to understand the culture behind this wine,” Yap-Hennig says, on the blog. “And this is how Sacred Drop was born. I am the Sacred Drop seeker, in search of the perfect wine and experience that is sacred to me.”
In an interview with Examiner.com, Yap-Hennig said her favorite part of the wine industry is the people, particularly the “original winemaker/owners who have the entrepreneurial spirit to get out there and plant some vines and see what happens.”
I find that pretty cool. Sacred Drop features posts on travel, All Things Wine (festivals, tastings, wineries), All Things Food, and All Things Craft (cider, beer, and spirits).
A couple of posts I really enjoyed on include A Cider for Everyone and this bit from Yap-Hennig’s Unique Portland series — The creation of the Urban Winery and Restaurant: Cyril’s at Clay Pigeon.
Follow @SacredDrop on Twitter.
Good Beer Hunting blog chronicles the craft beer experiences of writer and photographer Michael Kiser.
A Pennsylvania native, Kiser grew up working in restaurants and factories and worked in design and innovation as a strategist for seven years for companies like Nike, Samsung, HP, and Caterpillar.
“Now I put all this to work in the craft beer industry, helping breweries large and small plan their portfolios, develop compelling brand strategies, and connect with their most important audiences,” Kiser says on his blog. “I’ve been all over the US collaborating with ambitious and artful brewers.”
Good Beer Hunting is a beautifully shot site. It features stories on collaborations, critical drinking, events and festivals, houses of craft, news and updates, and travels.
A couple of my favorite posts from Good Beer Hunting include Just give me all of the cardamom and the chai that you have — Goose Island’s next Fulton & Wood beer — Devon Ave. Pale Ale and Hunter/Gatherer #15 — Dan Blackman, Art Director, New York City.
Follow @goodbeerhunting on Twitter.
2 Beer Guys began as the personal project of beer enthusiasts Sean Jansen and Ian Cowpar.
Cowpar says the two began trying some of the “lesser-known beers at the end of the aisle that we’d never paid attention to before.”
“We picked up a few bottles of this and that, took them home, and with a review sheet that we found online, started to dissect them. That day, 2 Beer Guys, and a new passion, was born,” he said. “Now, two years and 500 beers later, we still have a lot to learn about beer and the craft beer industry itself, but we are now in a position to help others take a similar journey to the one that we are on.”
A couple of posts I really liked from 2 Beer Guys include Summer Beer Musings and Book Release: New Hampshire Beer – Brewing From Sea to Summit.
Follow @2Beerguys on Twitter.
Tom Wark’s Fermentation – The Daily Wine Blog is “a blog set inside the world of wine public relations – where the media, the culture and I mingle.”
Wark is no stranger to the wine blogging industry. He began his career as a wine marketer and publicist in 1990. In 2007, Wark founded the Wine Blog Awards and helped launch the first Wine Bloggers Conference in 2008. A few years later, Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog won Best Overall Blog and Best Industry Blog at the Wine Blog Awards.
Follow @tomcwark on Twitter.
Girl and The Grape is a blog about winemaking and life by Alison Crowe, winemaker at Garnet Vineyards.
So what’s on the blog?
Crowe sums it up nicely: “You get a peek into the life of a winemaker, the science and art of grape growing and winemaking, wine country living, winemaker confessions, wine myths demystified … plus perhaps a little controversy, a sprinkling of wine biz gossip and hopefully lots of conversation!”
I like this blog because of posts like Wine Blog Awards: Four Reasons Why You Should Care – And Vote. I think it’s cool when other bloggers (much like Wark’s post above) support others in the industry. That’s just good for business all around.
I also found interesting 3 Surprising Things About Pinot Noir.
Follow @GarnetVineyards on Twitter.
P.S. Ever wonder where we come up with the ideas for the blog profiles industries or subjects? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for beer, wine & spirits news, let us know. We’re happy to customize that news feed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.
Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow her @cpcube.