What is Flagship Friday?
If you’re reading this, you’re probably already familiar with the project that Stephen Beaumont and I launched in February of this year called Flagship February. One of the aspects of that effort was inviting beer writers from around the globe writing essays about their favorite flagship beers. We felt it was a great success and may, many people responded very enthusiastically. We’re planning on continuing it next year, but in the meantime, we wanted to figure out a way to keep the conversation going, at least a little bit, between then and now.
In the final essay of Flagship February, more of a dialogue, Stephen and I came up with the idea of Flagship Friday to continue the flagship conversation. We chose the first Friday of each month because that’s when we used to hold Beer Bloggers Friday, a.k.a. The
So the plan is simple, like The Session, on the first Friday of each month (excluding February, of course) we’ll invite anyone to write about a flagship beer of their choosing. And unlike the old Session, there’s no round-up to write. Stephen and I will spread the word on social media, and if everybody uses the hashtag #FlagshipFriday, we think we can keep people talking about flagship beers.
How to Participate in a Flagship Friday
If you write a beer or beer-related blog, please consider joining us on the Flagship Friday/February project. It couldn’t be easier.
- Reserve the next free month or any specific month not yet taken. To do this, please contact me via Jay (.) Brooks (@)
gmail(.) com. The schedule is at the bottom of this page.
- Choose your flagship beer to write about. See the list below of past flagship beers both for ideas and also to
insureyou pick something we haven’t already done.*
- On the first Friday of your month, post it on your platform, and spread the word on social channels using the hashtag #FlagshipFriday. Also, please send Stephen and/or myself an e-mail or DM, etc. to let us know it’s up so we can also help spread the word.
*NOTE: I think given the nature of this project, there can be multiple essays/posts about the same flagship beer precisely because they’re often very personal. So your experience with a flagship beer will undoubtedly be different than anyone else’s so it’s conceivable we can have as many stories about the same beer as there are storytellers. But for the beginning, at least, I’d prefer to explore new and different beers while there are still so many unexplored. At least for the next year or two, then I think we can open it up to any and all flagship beers. But apart from that, the sky’s the limit.
Past Flagship Beers
- Adnams Southwold Bitter by Adrien Tierney-Jones (February 11, 2019)
- Allagash White by Em Sauter (February 6, 2019)
- Anchor Steam by Tara Nurin (February 27, 2019)
- Arrogant Bastard Ale by Brandon Hernández (February 14, 2019)
- Birrificio Italiano Tipopils by Maurizzio Maestrelli (February 16, 2019)
- Black Oak Pale Ale by Jordan St. John (February 5, 2019)
- Central City Red Racer IPA by Joe Wiebe (February 24, 2019)
- Coopers Sparkling Ale by Matt Kirkegaard (February 7, 2019)
- Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale by Lisa Morrison (February 17, 2019)
- Devil’s Peak King’s Blockhouse by Lucy Corne (February 13, 2019)
- Epic Pale Ale by Neil Miller (February 10, 2019)
- Firestone Walker DBA by Bryan Yaeger (February 4, 2019)
- Great Divide Denver Pale Ale by Marty Jones (February 18, 2019)
- Hobsons Champion Mild by Des de Moor (February 25, 2019)
- New Belgium Fat Tire by Stan Hieronymus (February 15, 2019)
- Sam Adams Boston Lager by Stephen Beaumont (February 1, 2019)
- Samichlaus by Evan Rail (February 12, 2019)
- Schlenkerla Märzen by Joe Stange (February 22, 2019)
- Sierra Nevada Pale Ale by Jay R. Brooks (February 19, 2019)
- St. Austell Proper Job by Emma Inch (February 20, 2019)
- Stoudts Gold Helles Lager by Bryan Kolesar (February 21, 2019)
- Trouble Brewing Dark Arts by Suan Boyle (February 23, 2019)
- Unibroue Maudite by Josh Oakes (February 26, 2019)
- Westmalle Tripel by Luc de Raedemaeker (February 9, 2019)
- Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot by Lew Bryson (February 2, 2019)
- Worthington White Shield by Pete Brown (February 8, 2019)
- Zipfer Urtyp by Conrad Seidl (February 3, 2019)