homebrew

The Session #76 announcement: Compulsion

What’s this?
It’s called The Sessions. It’s also called Beer Blogging Friday. In my head it’s also called ‘‘an excuse for me to crap on and think I’m being entertaining’’. What happens is beer bloggers from all around the world write a blog on the same day about the same subject.

session-logo-sm
Now, you don’t need to be psychic and somehow know what that subject is to take part. That subject is chosen by whoever is hosting that month’s Session. They also write their own blog entry, then read all the responses and post a round-up in which they say nice things about everybody.

What do you want from me?
I want you to write me a blog post on the subject of compulsion as it relates to beer. The idea for this Session topic partially arose from the Beer Audit session Adam at Pints and Pubs hosted a few months ago. In my effort and those of a few other bloggers, idea of buying more beer than we need was touched on. Writing about buying heaps of beer got me thinking about just what it is that compels me to keep buying beer.

Like most beer fans, I tend to buy way more beer than I can drink. I can have a fridge full, plus a few boxes of bottles, plus homebrew and still I’ll walk into a shop and buy some more. Or order some more online. Or do both in the space of a few days.

Why do we do stuff like this? Obviously we’re not just buying stuff to drink because, if we were, wouldn’t we just wait until we were running low and then stock up? What so many of us do is stock up, even though we’re already stocked up. Perhaps we’re expecting the zombie apocalypse to happen soon and don’t want to go through that sober.

Is buying heaps of beer something you worry about? Do you look at your Aladdin’s Cave of beer and feel even a smidge of guilt about how much it all cost you? Or do you just rub your hands together, cackle with glee and say ‘‘it’s mine! All mine!’’.

What lengths do you go to to hide this compulsion? For instance, do you try and sneak beer into the house so your other half doesn’t see it? (Not saying that I’ve done this. Oh, okay, I have done this).

It’s a compulsion that can extend to homebrewing too. Do you keep making new batches of homebrew, even though you already have plenty of your own brews to drink?

If you’re on holidays and you drive by a brewery, are you compelled to stop in? Or do you go so far as arrange your holidays to ensure that you happen to drive by a brewery or two? On the offbeat side of compulsion, I know I can be compelled to try a beer I just know will be crap. Like Destroyer, that beer the band KISS put out. Absolute crap. And I knew that before I bought it. But I still bought a six-pack of it.

So there are a few ideas for a blog post on beer compulsion. So get writing.

When do you want it?
Now! Ha, just kidding. I slay me. On Friday, June 7, is when I want it. All you need to do is publish your posts on that day and then include a link to your post in the comments below.

53 replies »

  1. […] The Sessions last week was on compulsion. Firstly, thanks to whoever it was for finally explaining the concept (i.e. a bunch of beer bloggers discuss the same topic on the first Friday of the month) because I had no idea what was going on. Secondly, what I saw – and I read around ten different posts on the topic – were a lot of people struggling to reconcile their beer nerdiness with society’s general disapproval of a) alcohol consumption and b) any sort of obsessive behaviour. By their nature, all hobbies are obsessive. Unfortunately, most people aren’t passionate about anything outside of maybe their family or job, which I think is a terrible way to live your life. So stop worrying beer bloggers: unless your beery habits are damaging your health or your relationships with your family, friends or employer, then it’s all good. […]

It's your shout

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s