Why Do You Like Beer?

Has anyone ever asked you, “Why do you like beer so much?”  Then you stumble with an answer, completely caught off guard, your mind runs through a bunch of different reasons, but it’s unable to choose just one, so you blurt out, “Cause it’s awesome!”

I always had trouble explaining why I love beer so much.  So today, I’m going to try and throw together some reasons.

Every beer takes me to a different place.  An initial scent transports my mind to somewhere familiar, somewhere wonderful.  That first bright hop aroma reminds me of opening my first Great Divide Fresh Hop or walking into the hop room at Anderson Valley Brewing Company (or as I like to call it, Hop Heaven).  That sweet malty scent of an oatmeal stout helping me forget my hatred of that stupid Quaker Oats guy.  The undeniable whiskey smell of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, there to let you know that the beer you’re about to drink is more complex than anything you’ve had before and it’s about to kick the hell out of you.  And that’s just the smell!

The taste of a beer can bring me to any season of the year.  The crisp refreshing wit beer from the Spring.  That lemon zest from the Summer.  The malty Oktoberfest in the cool Fall.  That heavy spicy ale to warm you in the Winter.  The tastes are even more complex now that craft beer has gone into overdrive.  Creamy flavors that coat your mouth in caramel, crisp tastes that singe your tongue; beers are increasingly more and more amazing each day.  Additions of various herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, anything and everything.  Beer has taken on a life of its own.  And you can find it in any color of the rainbow (especially if you include a lambic).

Beer is something special with a long history steeped in tradition, and exploding with creativity and adventure.

So, if you can’t come up with a good reason as to why you like beer, don’t worry.  You don’t need one.

Enjoy your beer.

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One response

  1. Shintern

    Also, there is nothing like trying out a new beer and instantly realizing that you have been missing out. It’s akin to going to trying a new restaurant – more than likely, you’ll think the new beer is okay; sometimes, it’ll be JaMarcus Russell awful; but every once in a while, you’ll be blown away and it’ll be added to your stable of go-to beers.

    And Jtonzi, you forgot to mention the ability to self-brew and use a wide range of ingredients…

    July 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

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