The Session (aka Beer Blogging Friday) is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic.
This month’s session is hosted by Ryan Newhouse at Montana Beer Finder, who wants to know how we love beer. Not why, but how. So we say we love good beer but how do we show that?
Yesterday morning before work (I started at 12.30pm) I headed to a local bottle shop to check out their stocks. They’ve been getting an increasing amount of good stuff in, so I like to stick my head in every now and then.
And their selection had improved again. So I bought a six-pack of Coopers Celebration Ale, which was a limited release to mark their 150th anniversary last year but which they’ve since revised and made a part of their regular line-up because it was so popular – and a long neck of Racer 5 IPA.
Then, on my meal break in the evening, I ducked out to the local Aldi supermarket to check their beer selections (incidentally, the idea of being able to buy beer in a supermarket is an exciting new development in some states of Australia – including mine). I didn’t expect much but found a pale and a Belgian ale brewed by Hopper Whitman, which I believe is a US brewery.
That was a surprise to find an imported beer in Aldi, so I bought a sixer of each. Which took my beer-buying tally to 18 beers plus a long neck.
While I was buying these beers, sitting at home were at least three crates of my homebrew and an estimated two-and-a-bit cases worth of different beers (some store-bought, some sent as samples). By any reasonable measure, I didn’t need to buy three more sixers and a long neck. But I did anyway – because I hadn’t tried any of them before.
Which is how I show my love of beer – I can have stacks of it at home and will still want to pick up something new if I see it in a beer fridge or on a shelf. That’s why, when people ask me what my favourite beer is, I always answer ‘‘the next one’’.
I do have those beers I love but I’m honestly more interested in trying something new. Go to a restaurant and you can bet I’ll order the one beer on the list I haven’t tried before. Looking in a bottle shop fridge, I’ll dodge the beers I’ve already tried, looking for that new acquisition. When I head down to the Illawarra Brewery, where they make their own beers and also put other breweries on their swinging taps, I check those swinging taps to see if there’s someone new there.
And I guess this very blog you’re now on is evidence of my love for beer. I don’t make any money from it and only got the one box of beer samples out of it (thank you Temple Brewing) but it doesn’t stop me from investing the time to bash out a few hundred words on a beery topic.
Finally, the fact that I think about beer far too often than is healthy or natural is a sure indicator that I love beer.
But, in the end, good beer not a hard thing to love, is it?