People are always pairing craft beers with cheeses and food. How about pairing craft beers with music. When I think of a certain beer certain songs seem appropriate for that beer. As ecletic as my taste is in beers so is my taste in music. You may find some Metalica and Nine Inch Nails on here alongside the Temptations and Robin Thicke. I drink whatever feels good to the soul and palate the said can be said about my music. Whatever evokes a certain mood in me or is good in the moment I am listening to it. This will be a fun social experiment to see what you guys come up with me. Send me your suggestions on any that are listed and any beers that are not here. I am looking to make this a monthly adventure into the pairing of beer and music.
Metalica, Enter the Sandman: Arrogant Bastard
Robin Thicke, It's in the Morning: Founders Breakfast Stout
Maxwell, A little Sumthin' Sumthin': Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Maroon 5, Sunday Morning: Pyramid Apricot Ale
Toby Keith, Red solo cup: Boulevard Double Wide IPA
Alanis Morissette, I'm a Bitch: Bitter Bitch Imperial IPA
This debate is fucking stupid I have decided. I engaged in it briefly but I realized I don't give a shit. Give me a tulip, a pint, a pilsner, a flute, a chalice or even a red solo cup. Ok, the solo cup is pushing it but you see my point. As long as the beer is cold, has the proper head and is an India Pale Ale I. DON'T. CARE.
In all of my beer drinking no matter the glass it has tasted all the same. No glass has provided more aroma or taste versus the other. I don't need science I have experience. What if science told you the best time to have an orgasm is in the morning? Last night, though, your experience was a mind blowing, toe curling, you saw God...You getting my point? Are you going to go with science or experience on that one? Yes, of course I went there. Sex and beer always gets people's attention.
You beer fanatics are probably going ape shit at my flippant attitude towards beer glasses. You will say but it does matter. Why? It just does. Not an answer. Beer should be served in its proper glass. So, you're telling me if someone places your favorite beer in front of you and you have been looking forward to this beer all day. You're going to say, uh no thank you, because it wasn't served in the proper glass? That's what I thought. You will absolutely drink that beer right up. Sure, you will Facebook and tweet about how wrong that bar and bartender were. Maybe vow to never return. That's fine. More for me.
From here on out I am proudly going to sit and enjoy my beer in a pint glass or chalice. Who cares! The time I waste debating the glass is time lost enjoying my beer.
Cheers to the pint glass!
When I'm not tasting beer I coach basketball. During the summer we run week long camps. Parents always ask their kids two questions in the car on the way. Wanna guess? As a coach we want to make sure they can answer these same two questions everyday.
Did you have fun? Did you learn anything new? That's it. Two magical questions that will decide if you ever get their money again. Hell, it could decide if you get their friend's money as well. If they can't answer yes to at least one of those two questions we are in trouble. Kids and pets are pretty honest when it comes to what they do and don't like.
What's my point?
People who drink beer are the same way. Hell, you can throw food people in there too. They will always ask two questions. Is it good? Will I like it? That's it. Depending on how you answer they will then follow up with how does it taste? After you fumble around for the right words will they then follow up with questions about aroma, appearance and finish. Rarely do you get this far. I realize that taste is subjective. It still won't keep people from asking those questions. You can give a dissertation on why you think the beer is good or isn't good. It could even include all the other elements for judging a beer. At the end of day though it always goes back to the original two.
Beer geeks do not fret. I understand the appreciation in going on and on about the charteristics of the beer and what makes this beer good, great or awful. I also understand that people have the attention span of a nat. Being a craft beer novice-afficinado I am willing to go either way. How I answer always depends on my audience.
Next time someone ask you about a beer employ the KISS METHOD. Keep it simple stupid. Is it good? Will I like it? And leave it at that.
Avid fan of awesome beer and awesome people. Anyone who has good taste in beer is all right in my book.