Here you are reading a beer blog. It's unlikely that It's Pub Night is your only Internet source for beer information, so I assume you read other blogs, maybe online forums, or maybe you even subscribe to an antiquated email discussion group.
But what about printed media? Do you find any of these worth your time:
What got me thinking about this question was a comment on my San Francisco vs. Portland post. The Bay Area correspondent for the Northwest Brewing News recommended the February/March 2010 issue of the paper, which had a cover story called Bay Area Alehouses. As it happens, I had indeed read that article before my trip to San Francisco, but had not found it useful or memorable. Why not? For starters, it only mentioned a handful of places in downtown San Francisco, and I had no plans for going further afield. Moreover, as I read the article, I noticed that it didn't mention any specific beers served at any of the bars, but it did mention the name of the owner or manager of every single place. That must be fascinating information for a local insider, but for a tourist or dabbler it was useless and actually quite annoying to read such a tour de force of name-dropping. So annoying that I put down the article and never gave it another thought until Mario brought it up.
It put me in the mood to write a blog post lambasting the NWBN for being such a lame publication. Scanning the Feb/Mar edition I found another annoyance: an article on beer pricing with a section headed "Let there be Honest Pints!", which didn't mention Jeff Alworth's Honest Pint Project. But even though I was in a nasty mood, I couldn't find much else to complain about in that issue or the subsequent April/May issue (well, the Beer Bitch column is a joke that stopped being funny a long time ago). Instead, I'm going to make a point of picking up the NWBN whenever I see a new issue; there's plenty of good information in there, especially about other areas I'm less up-to-date on.
This train of though also got me thinking that I need to put my money where my mouth is and subscribe to Beer Advocate. The magazine itself never knocks me off my feet, but the BA website is an invaluable part of the community and I want to pitch my dollar into their tip jar.
So I ask you, gentle readers. What are your thoughts on dead-tree beer publications?