Friday, 18 December 2009


It's the time of year for awards. Why shouldn't I award some, too? I'm always pushing the parcel, theme-wise.

The winners won't receive any financial reward. Nor, indeed, anything of a physical nature. They'll earn something much better than mere trinkets or baubles. Enduring fame and glory.

The first (and most likely last, as I'm sure to have forgotten about all this by February 3rd) annual Shut About Barclay Perkins Awards go to:

(You'll have to imagine some pauses, where, if I were presenting this on some shit TV show, there would be long gaps in a pathetic attempt to create tension.)

Best Beer
Winner - St. Bernardus Abt
Runner up - St. Bernardus Christmas Beer (bottled)

Best blog
Winner - Charlie Papazian's blog
Insightful and well-researched, it's a joy to read.
Runner up - Jeff's Beer Blog. (Or whatever he calls it this week.)
A deserving winner because he's my mate.

Best Book
Winner - 2009 Statistical Handbook of the British Beer and Pub Association
Maybe they'll send me a free copy now I've given it a prize.
Runner up - "Numbers!" by Ron Pattinson.
"The prose is breath-taking." - A. Pattinson. "The most important book on beer published this millennium." A.N. Other Pattinson.

Best Brewer
Winner - John Keeling.
A worthy victor for his careful use of the word innovation. And for letting me at Fuller's records.
Runner up - Kelly Ryan
For brewing some good beers. And because I like him.

Best New Beer
Winner - St. Bernardus Christmas Beer (bottled)
Runner up - St. Bernardus Christmas Beer (draught)

Hang on, have I already done this awards thing? Best check. . . . . . .

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No. Not done it. My memory really isn't what it was. Except for beer gravities in WW I. I'll never forget those.


Tim said...

Ron, you have an intriguing definition of new. I had St Bernardus Christmas Beer last year. Unless they changed the recipe, but brewers never do that.

Now that I think about it, changing recipes would be quite innovative.

Anonymous said...

Charlie Papazian - big hand, couldn't happen to a nicer man. I certainly think he deserves some sort of an award for this comment on his site about the history of IPA:

'At the receiving end, the original intention was to dilute this strong hoppy ale, but unsurprisingly consumers expressed their preference for the “unwatered-down” version and a new style was born.'

Either fiction or comedy - can't work out which.

Rod said...


Charlie Papzian says -
"The Czechs invented pilsener beer in the town of Plzen in the late 19th century"
You've got to hand it to a man who can make three mistakes in a sentence of only 15 words!
1) the citizens of Plzen, a significant proportion of whom would have been German-speaking in those days, hired Josef Groll, a Bavarian, to brew the beer, which used bottom fermenting yeast, allegedly smuggled from Bavaria.
2)this happened in the 1840's - so not the late 19th Century.
3)pedantically, "Pilsener" is a German, rather than Czech spelling.

I think you should organise a competition, just for a bit of Xmas fun, to see who can get the most mistakes into one short sentence.....

Kelly Ryan said...

Thanks Ron,

Much appreciated :) Looking forward to having another beer with ya!!


Anonymous said...

If you really want a larf, take a look at this "beeriodic table" - so much effort put into something so wrong. DAMN you, BJCP - another young life led into error and waste.

Ron Pattinson said...

Zythophile, but everyone of BeerAdvocate thinks the Beeriodic Table is sonderful. Surely they can't be wrong?

rod said...

Looking at it, if I was really being pedantic, (really really), there's another mistake in Charlie's account of the birth of Pilsner - he refers to Pilsen as a town, when it has had a cathedral and Archbishop since the 1300's, and is therefore a city.
(Yes, I know that's real nit-picking....)

Oh, and the Beeriodic Table - what the hell is that supposed to mean? I couldn't make head nor tail of it. What's it meant to be showing us?