Is Twitter powered by beer?

Apparently money makes the world go round, but is the same true for twitter? In my opinion, no. I believe it’s beer that keeps twitter, well, tweeting… As a publican I can see many similarities between the community spirit good pubs have always harboured and the new style online community spirit that twitter seems to nurture.

Since joining Twitter I have experienced many acts of generosity from all manner of people in the beer community. Shortly after signing up for the first #Beerswap @seaneclark offered to send Adnams beers to participants in return for a few honest tweets and perhaps the odd blog, I for one was extremely grateful for the wave of goodies that arrived in the post over the following months! Then during my search for a Danish beer for #wcbeersweep I drew a blank trying to locate a Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel and Andrew @brisbeerfactory kindly sent one from his personal stash for me to try. Molson Coors have proved time and time again that they believe twitter and beer are bedfellows with their more than generous sponsorship of #twissup & blogging events. Recently @kristym809 came up trumps for me with a Beer & Food matching dinner invite at the recent Beer Bloggers Conference sponsored by said brewing giant. It was  a fantastic evening with some stunning beers & food and a room full of beer lovers introduced through twitter but their friendships cemented in the real world with beer, in particular Pilsner Urquell & Sharps Turbo Yeast Utter Abhorrence from Beyond the Ninth Level of Hades III. You can read about the amazing evening and the long winded beer on @taleofale ‘s blog.

The power of twitter fueled by beer was also clearly demonstrated when one beery conversation at GBBF followed by a few tweets from the tenacious @edstudentbrewer & the self proclaimed pig fat addict @rolyhamroll turned the first

Pork Scratching Poker tournament in to a reality (yes it actually happened and you can read all about it on the defunct website) kindly sponsored by pig frying experts Midland Snacks.

Other notable personal twitter triumphs would be  numerous mentions in press articles & books written by @atjbeer and @pieandapint and securing @petebrownbeer to match beer with books at our most recent Beer Festival. The same festival saw one of the most amazing feats of Twitter power when one firkin of Kernel Brewery Pale Ale sadly missed the pallet and was stranded at Brodies Brewery in East London.  This particular beer had been put in cask especially for us and I was gutted that it might not arrive. One short tweet and @thehappybat piped up happy to swing by Brodies with Rambo, their camper van, on route out of London to our Beer Festival. A good job it was too, what a stunning Amarillo Pale Ale which matched very nicely with Pete Brown’s Three Sheets to the Wind!

However, if anybody was still in doubt, today @hardknottdave led an ambitious twitter campaign in response to the lack of British beer (well any beer) on Saturday Kitchen. Over 1500 tweets flooded the #saturdaykitchen timeline with suggestions for #beer and food matches for each of the recipes. All manner of beer journalists, bloggers, brewers and drinkers took part. There was a real community spirit, a solidarity from the beer industry keen to show that beer has just as much to offer at the dining table as wine. At present the Saturday Kitchen team aren’t commenting on the hijacking of their twitter stream. I’m sure they are taking the peaceful protest seriously, but only time will tell if we manage to get equal coverage for Beer as Wine.

Other blogs on the mornings events by @beerbeauty & @Pub_Champion can be found here and here …

My beer and food suggestions can be found below:
Vodka prawns with samphire
– Any American Pale Ale Magic Rock High Wire, Bristol Beer Factory Independance or Darkstar APA take your pick!

Crispy chicken breast with braised chicory and fennel salad
Crouch Vale Amarillo

Roast daurade (gilt-head bream) with Parma ham and rosemary butter sauce
Otlley O-Garden

Pork tenderloin with pease pudding and baby carrots
Adnams Gunhill

Crab spring rolls with crab cakes and watercress
St Austell Clouded Yellow

@macusbrig‘s amazing beard
– A traditional beer recently ressurected to celebrate it’s sad demise in the 1980’s Trumans Runner


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