OK, it’s been a week since the last Session took place, and since I’m hosting the next one, I guess it’s about time for me to announce the theme.
First, some background:
2007 seems to be the year of the farmers market in Toronto. We’ve always had a few regular markets in the city, both seasonal and year-round, but there’s been a mini-explosion of new ones this year, including a Sunday morning one in the Liberty Village neighbourhood, just a few minutes from my apartment.
As a result, my wife and I have been eating even more fresh produce than usual this summer. We’re at the Liberty Village market almost every Sunday, and Sheryl also takes trips around the city to check out other markets for the Market Basket feature on our website, Taste T.O..
For the past several weeks, we’ve been gorging on fresh local strawberries and cherries, and have just recently gotten our first taste of the year’s raspberry and blueberry crops. Coming soon will be peaches and plums, and later will be the first crisp, tart apples of the year.
With all of this fruit on the brain (or more accurately, in my belly), it gave me the idea for a theme for Session #6. Therefore, I hereby declare that on Friday, August 3rd, 2007, beer bloggers the world over will be writing about Fruit Beer.
Aside from the stipulation that it be a beer brewed/augmented with fruit (or fruit juice or extract), there are no other rules or guidelines. Anything is fair game, from a tart and funky Kriek or Framboise, to a sugar-laden “lambic”, to a Blueberry Wheat or Raspberry Ale from your local brewpub.
And have some fun with it. After all, it’s the summer! (Well, except for where it’s the winter, but you know what I mean…) Spread the word, enjoy the rest of your July, and check back on August 3rd to report your contribution for the obligatory round-up post.