WELCOME to the newest section on my site… BEER! I’m passionate about the stuff, and it was brought to my attention that I should write about it if I love it so much. I’m going to try to post my own beer adventures and some VERY informative articles on how to better enjoy and appreciate it! Me thinks SUMMER is the perfect time to take on this endeavor!
I’m a girl who loves beer. There, I’ve said it. So many women I know can’t stand the stuff, and I understand. I never used to like it either, but times are changing. With the growing popularity of micro-breweries and small batch beer makers, the humble beer seems to have gained a new respect not just in the beer drinkers world, but in the culinary world as well. You can do beer tastings where your meal is paired with the best beer to complement the flavors. You can try chocolate beer, banana beer and coffee beer. I’ve only tried the chocolate variety so far, and it was… interesting. Beer purists might poo-poo the flavored beers, but sometimes you have to try the strange and different to fully appreciate the simplicity of a really great lager.
My relationship with beer wasn’t love at first taste. I used to hate it. I couldn’t believe that people would drink the stuff because they actually liked it! Of course, my only real experience with beer had been in high school where you’d have a warm 6 pack of something cheap and disgusting that you’d chug before you went to to a party or the school dance. Warm beer is never good in my opinion. I realize in some countries it’s supposed to be served at room temp. but I still say EW to that!
It wasn’t until my mid twenties that I acquired a taste for it, and it was quite by accident. I was camping north of Whistler in a place called Goldbridge. It’s a really cool old gold mining town, and in the summer it can get pretty damned hot. It was one of those stagnantly hot days and we had run out of beverages. We’d only brought up pop and wine, but when we pulled into the small liquor store in town my boyfriend decided it was a beer day and came out with an ice cold 6 pack of Granville Island Pale Ale. That was it – I was hooked. It was SO refreshing. I actually enjoyed the way it tasted! And in that hot hot heat I enjoyed my little afternoon buzz! Yes, beer had made its mark on me, finally.
Fast forward to 2011. I left Canada for 6 months to travel in Europe. It wasn’t until I was away from home (and having to eat all of my meals out) that I realized I was drinking beer with every dinner, and almost every lunch (if the weather was hot enough.) It never really occurred to me to drink anything else, because in my mind beer just goes so well with everything! And yes, you can’t forget the refreshment factor. On a hot day nothing else will do!