First, from the UK, Zak Avery posted a nice piece on Tuesday, one he has entered in a British beer writing competition.  It’s very nicely done, and a good read for anyone interested in British beer, beer history, and beer’s place in British and Western culture. Wouldn’t surprise me if Avery takes the prize–he’s been recognized before for his scribbling. Avery, who resides in Leeds and blogs at Are You Tasting the Pith?, has good beer sense, with a writing style that’s easy on the ears. He also blogs about his nine-feet-long record collection.

Zak Avery, tasting the beer.

From closer to home (closer to my home anyway) comes a delightful short film called The Western Avenue Project.  I saw the premier a few weeks ago at the new home of the Drinking and Writing Theater–adjoined to Haymarket Pub and Brewery. The guys from Drinking and Writing are an essential part of the film. It’s a travelogue of sorts that explores the longest continuous street in Chicago–Western Avenue. D&W’s Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda walked the full 25 mile length of hardscrabble spine over four days of  a summer holiday weekend, drinking a beer in each of its 64 bars. Flip cameras recorded the entire trip, and the results are actually a fine ode to Chicago beer and bar culture. D&W, whose mission is to “explore the connection between creativity and alcohol,” has been screening the film in conjunction with theater shows, including the just concluded run of The 12 Steps of Christmas. The next screening will be May 7 at the Drinking and Writing Festival. You can catch the trailer on You Tube.

So as not to neglect cheese in this post, I’ll direct you to The Cheesemonger’s Weblog, which says April is grilled cheese month. The author has posted a new recipe each day in April. Each recipe features a different grilled sandwich made with artisan cheese. Enjoy!

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