This month's session is hosted by Ryan Newhouse from Montana Beer Finder.
In light of it being about two weeks before Valentine's Day, I thought it would
be a good time to talk about how we love beer. Pay attention now, as I said
"how," not "why." Much has already been discussed about why we love beer: its
creativity, its taste, its social aspect.
Think of this topic and
discussion in terms of being in a relationship (again, a good primer for
Valentine's Day!). You can say to your partner, "Honey, I love you." But think
of the saying, "actions speak louder than words." From my personal experience,
it's always better to show your partner the ways you love them instead of saying
simply, "I love you because you make me happy." Instead if you come home with
flowers every now and then, or do extra house chores without being asked, or
plan an impromptu date, these are ways we show our partners how we love them
because our actions show we think of them when they're not around.
The simple answer would be that I spend my time with it day in and day out. But that seems too predictable and way too easy. I think around here the idea is to never accept the easy answer, it is so much more rewarding to dig a little deeper and find out what lies below the surface.
As I sit here reflecting on some of the things I have done just over the past year alone, I am reminded of many times not simply looking for great beer or even at times brewing great beer. Those two items alone are superficial, only touching the surface of the mystery that is the love of beer. Instead we can go deeper still and explore the things that make beer the wonderful thing that it is.
Throughout the past year it has been a journey spending time with those who have been touched by beer in some way in their life. A few hightlights include our first time at Hop Head Farms, spending some time at the Corner Brewery for the ABC Brews Crews, self imposed pub crawls like what happened during Michigan Craft Beer month, and then spending a few minutes every week finding how beer has affected other's lives with Questions of Note.
But in the end there seems to me an underlying theme, through all that has happened during the past year. The love of great beer brings with it a chance to spend time with others who also love great beer. Maybe thats it, at least for me it is. How I love beer is through the ability to share it with others. When you can find how it comes to their life and how it affects their world you gain a deeper appreciation of how it affects your life as well.
The greatest thing about beer is it is meant to be shared. There was a reason why America was forged through the pubs and taverns. Those were the places where we gathered and shared our lives with our friends and family over a pint.
time for a pint...