30 October 2009

The Sun Sets on "Kasper on Tap"

The Baltimore Sun is retiring Rob Kasper's "Kasper on Tap" blog from its website, effective, oh, pretty much any minute now, I guess.  See Rob's announcement here.  Apparently the Sun believes the blog, begun on its website on October 10th, 2007, is attracting insufficient readership to continue.  He will continue to write for the dead-trees and online editions of the Sun, however--more than likely slippin in a sipping of a beer or two in the process.

I'll be truly sorry to see it go.  One of the things I was able to point out to fellow writers that came to Baltimore during Baltimore Beer Week was that Baltimore was one of the few cities in the nation to have a "beer journalist" working for its newspaper (another: Philadelphia's "Joe Sixpack" weekly in the Philadelphia Daily News).  Beer journalism is starting to suffer economic doldrums elsewhere--the Washington Post has relegated Greg Kitsock's beer column in the Food section to monthly status from biweekly.

Does anyone get their beer news from the "mainstream media" anymore?

1 comment:

Unknown said...

What a shame! This is definitely a step backwards for craft beer. I hope there is a reader reaction sufficient to reverse this decision. Our local alt. paper just published its 1st article I can remember on craft beer available in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are going to do everything we can to support the author and the paper to encourage more serious writing about beer.

Good luck.