Nora McGunnigle, Craft Beer Writer

Friday, August 14, 2015

Quit Whining About Seasonal Creep, AMIRITE?



(Subtitled: PUMPKIN BEERS, WHY GODS WHY)

So, it's July or August, and the Oktoberfest beers and pumpkin ales come out and it's ALL TOO MUCH. "Don't tell ME when summer is over!" you might scream to the heavens. "It's too damn hot for malt-forward lagers and pumpkin spice!"

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tweeting and Teaching

(Most of) the BBC15 Attendees
Photo courtesy of Ryan Jansen

First of all, thanks so much for everyone's support and encouragement for my renewed efforts to update my blog. I've gotten a lot of great feedback, and it helps knowing that people actually do read what I write here.

Today's post is the second of my contractually obligated posts in exchange for attending the Beer Blogger's and Writer's Conference for a deeply reduced rate. Last week, I discussed two breweries in Asheville that made a great impression on my during my visit. This week, I wanted to talk about two events that I was involved in during the conference itself.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Asheville Focus: Two Beers, Two Breweries

Earlier this month, I attended my third Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference in Asheville, NC. Asheville's been one of those places (along with Portland, OR) that I've been dying to get the opportunity to visit, and the BBC provided an excellent one.




Friday, July 24, 2015

New Plan!



So, my epiphany (of what I already pretty much knew) about keeping my blog updated has led to a vague plan to write something, anything every week and post it on Friday.

Since this plan came together in the aftermath of my road trip to Asheville, this first weekly post is gonna be a little on the skimpy side. Mostly... announcing my plan in order to keep myself accountable.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Oh, man

Hey, have you checked out Commander Palace's beer and BBQ prix fixe dinner yet? Only in July.


I'm here at the 2015 Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference in Asheville NC, listening to lots of people talk about how important it is to keep your blog updated with fresh content.

And my most recent post is from American Craft Beer Week in early May.

That's bad.

I guess I now think of my blog as secondary to my freelance work, but I shouldn't. This is where I can write whatever the hell I want, right? Maybe I've forgotten how to do that.

Is there anyone out there reading this anymore, I wonder? If so, what do you want to see here? I'd love to discuss more indepth some topics that editors tend to shy away from, like local zoning laws and how city and state regulation is hurting the brewing industry in Louisiana.

Or maybe I can just write a series of dreamy, fangirly love letters to Kim Jordan, CEO and co-founder of New Belgium? No? Creepy? Yeah.

I'll be writing about Asheville and the conference in the very near future, as I tend to do every year, but I guess I need to find the inspiration to find the next chapter in my blog life.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

American Craft Beer Week is a-comin'!



So, I've finished up my annual schedule of events for the Gambit. Hats off to all the breweries, bars, and distributors for getting all the requested info in to me in a timely manner - it gets easier every year!

Here's my article and schedule in the Gambit - and I'll be keeping an updated version on this website, as I have done for the past few years.