In Mutineer Magazine Issue 4 we highlighted six beer blogs that you should be reading. Here is the first of six full interviews with those bloggers.
Blogger: Dr. Wort
Location: Portland, OR
Launched: January 2007
What inspired the Dr. Wort blog?
Boring uninformed fluffy beer articles, which are filled with mindless drivel by authors who best describe different beer styles by color!
Shall I go on? ;-}
Dr. Wort was inspired out of necessity.
I hate the concept of dumbing-down beer to phony flowery kudos and inexperienced beer and brewing info.
So many beer articles and blogs are written by average beer novices and journalists, some who have drank a large variety of beers and therefore assume they have something of substance to pen about beer and brewing. Some of these posts are filled with mindless “catch phrase” beer descriptors which tell the reader nothing, such as “This is a Stellar beer,” “Uber-good,” or fluffy bunny non-descriptions like, “The beers color is that of the sunrise over the Arizona desert and the head reminds me of large cumulus clouds over Cabo. Big fruity aromatic notes that reminds me of my trip to a Parisian bakery. The hops have a clean citrus note. A top-notch beer that is refreshing.” I have no idea what this beer looks like, taste like or whether I would enjoy imbibing. It could be one of a thousand beers! I think the average beer enthusiasts would like a beer description that actually describes “the beer.”
Another annoyance, The regional beer “Cheerleaders” who drone on about all the local breweries conquests in the art and skill of brewing. Never a negative commentary or review! Totally unrealistic! Of course, I’m sure some of these authors are receiving monthly FREE care packages from a number of breweries and don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth! Honest journalism at it’s best!
The Doctor has had plenty of inspiration.
Tell me more about Dr. Wort.
Dr. Wort is a fictitious personality who was created to add controversy and knowledge. I want him to be the guy to love to hate, but can’t wait to see what he’ll say next. His personality was created to be unrelenting with those who want to dispense uninformed misdirected beer and brewing fact and antidotes. He strives for the brutal truth in his reviews and educates the public about beer and some brewing fundamentals. He’s not writing to impress the readers with his poetic vocabulary or use of modern phrases, he’s just laying down the facts and correcting those who are spewing out false reviews, beer styles and brewing info. He’s an abrasive, in your face kind of guy that will tell ya like it is.
Beer preferences vary, so reviews are subjective, but the beers evaluated profile should be similar.
The Doctor will not crumble to corporate kowtowing by being invited to a free 10 day junket to Germany, Belgium or England, sponsored by leading breweries. I’ll report my honest findings. I don’t expect I’ll be packing my bags anytime soon!
In fact, if a brewery wants an honest review of their beer, send the Doctor a sample, I would gladly except their generosity. ;-}
What is your vision behind the blog?
Educate the general public about beer and brewing with honest facts and reviews. I’d like to inspire the publics beer-tasting horizons by enticing them to be adventurous.
Why should people be interested in the blog?
To read about beer facts and reviews, not bloated beer poetry and/or corporate “PAID” bias reviews.
What qualifies you to write this blog?
Over 20 years of beer appreciation and brewing knowledge. I’ve evaluated and judged professional and home brewed beer from around the world for many of those 20 years. I’ve been involved in both the professional and home brewing business.