I honestly don’t know if this is an April Fool’s Joke or not. It wasn’t posted on the 1st, but still seems too strange (/awesome) to be true. Time will tell, I suppose. I’ll be sure to keep everyone up to date as I await my beta tester kit with horror (/delight). [from the Bacon Salt blog, via geekologie]
In related news, I love bacon.
Highlights from beer and book blogs this week include results of a contest to determine the best IPA in the country, a dynamite post about the bookstore “returns” market and the comics “direct” market, and plenty of April Fools Day jokes. Check ’em all out after the jump.
- In a contest with 15 other IPAs from around the US, Sweetwater’s IPA took the title of “Best IPA in the Country”, beating out personal faves Dogfish Head and Stone. Now, if only Sweetwater distributed in Maine… [via The Full Pint]
- Jan and Sal from BeerBloggers.com offer a recap of Novare Res’ Ola Dubh tasting on Thursday.
- Smuttynose has officially retired “Portsmouth Lager”, replacing it with the mermaid-festooned “Star Island Single.” [via Blog About Beer]
- Around the country, craft breweries continue to embrace Web 2.0. This week, Three Floyds’ video of Dark Lord release day went viral, appearing officially at DarkLordDay.com (and spreading from there).
- My favorite April Fool’s joke came from Flying Dog, with the announcement of their Canis Minor low-alcohol series. [via beernews.org, which has a roundup of craft beer April Fool’s jokes]
- Globe columnist Alex Beam offers his thoughts and a review (kinda) of the upcoming Beer Wars. [via BeerScribe.com]
- Alan from A Good Beer Blog reminds us that it’s ok to drink your beer, rather than overdo “tasting” it.
- Over at her blog, Bookavore has a review of Tilting at Windmills, vol. 2, along with some awesome thoughts on comic and book retailing.
- Author David Nygren released an experimental one-scene story this week, told within the confines of an Excel spreadsheet. [via GalleyCat]
- GARY VAYNERCHUK (Vay-Ner-Chuk) HAS A BOOK DEAL! Can you tell I’m excited? [via HarperStudio]
- Despite some reports to the contrary, science fiction book sales may be improving as the economy flounders. Maybe people need some low-cost, high-tech escapism? [via io9]
- Two great bookish April Fool’s stories – Gaiman to be stripped of his Newbery, and review incentives for Tweeting about e-books. [via everyone on Twitter on the 1st]
- On the heels of news that book fairs are still going strong, Bookseller’s Blog has some ideas about the events.
One last item of note – tonight, my friend Ashley (The Beer Wench!) is representing beer in the first-ever Twitter beer vs. wine dinner. Semi-officially called “@docledebbie @mmWine @TheBeerWench Twitter Taste Live event,” the dinner can be watched live tonight on Twitter, the TTL homepage, and in a uStream chat room, starting at 6:30 PM EST. More details are available here.
Have a great weekend!