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*contains alcohol

I just discovered beer. Maybe you already know about it - if so, and you still want to learn something new from this blog, I suggest you click here to read my only post with a Latin word in the title.

If you're not familiar with beer, I can now tell you it's really a great thing to drink. It barely has any alcohol in it, for a start. If your usual choice is red wine, this is a revelation. You can drink as much as you want and feel nothing but a slight happy fuzz in your head. Used to be, I only drank beer when the night looked like it was going to be long...if you start early, don't start on red wine. And because I didn't actually like the taste of beer, it took me an hour and a half to finish a bottle. Perfect for, say, the Canadian Stampede, which is outside, starts at 7, and where I need a clear head for line-dancing and a possible late-night trip to the shot bar.

Also, beer goes with everything! And everywhere. Again, a winner compared with wine. You can drink beer with pizza. A burger. A sandwich! Even at my most faux-Mediterranean I couldn't justify a glass of wine with a lunchtime panino. You can drink beer with a curry; in fact you should. Beer is also the correct choice for barbeques, for pool parties, on boats. For summer weekends at home, it's a natural accessory for playing video games or watching a film. It goes with popcorn! Try carrying a beer with you when you do the gardening! You look far more normal hosing the trees with a beer in your other hand than you do with a glass of cab sauv, it turns out. And, where there is booze, you can always get a beer. You can't always get a decent glass of wine.

Beer is also very refreshing - when you drink the first gulp, you are justified in making that guttural 'ahhhh' sound, unacceptable with any other beverage. Even in my pre-beer days, and even before I drank any alcohol at all, I used to think about a nice cold beer when the weather got hot, because stuck in my head was a very clever advert, decades-old now, that was comprised solely of a lingering, close-up shot of a cold-beaded bottle of some beer or other, the camera travelling slowly from the bottom to the top, at which point the cap popped off - that's another thing, that satisfying 'tchuk' noise, just as good as the 'plomp' of uncorking wine. On the ad, you could see the fizz inside and occasionally the camera's gaze would catch a drop of condensation as it detached and made its way sensuously down the glass. Yes, sensuously. It's 44 degrees in the shade: Voltaren Cool Packs are looking pretty sexy these days.



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6 comments:

  1. “Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” Homer J

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    1. Timeless wisdom. I might put this quote on a photo of a sunrise and make it my screensaver.

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  2. I also think this is the best post ever! :P

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    1. Just to clarify: you mean best post ever, on any blog, right?

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