The Beer Samizdat returns after a year hiatus. This is good news for anyone who likes to read an insightful, well-written beer blog. Jay, the Beer Samizdat, was an important voice in beer blogging and I expect him to bring some grounding back to craft beer blogging. He has never been afraid to name a lousy beer, or deflate an over-hyped beer, and that is needed now more than ever. Craft beer blogging has become too enamored with its subject, and people need to know what beers stink and what breweries are shoddy. I have fallen into this trap of late, skipping reviews of subpar beers, but I need to again call out the crap.
I want to read Beer Samizdat's opinion on new Bay Area breweries Cellarmaker Brewing, Fieldwork Brewing, and Four Point Beer Company, and other Northern California breweries like uber-hipster Ruhstaller, and Sacramento's Track 7 Brewing. I want to know Jay's thoughts on the demise of malt and how too many new beers are just IPAs disguised with varying levels of ABV. Craft beer has never been more exciting than it is now, and beer blogs have never been more boring. The Beer Samizdat's return brings some edge back to a blogging culture with too many cheerleaders.