2014 is officially in the books. No more can happen, bad or good that year. There were some high points, and some low points. But this is not where we discuss that.
One thing that has remained constant is beer. You can have one (or two) after a tough day at work to take the edge off. You can have several while celebrating a life event. What has changed over the years, is that the beer has gotten better. We are no longer tied to one of several mass-produced types of lager. We don’t have to settle for mass-produces mediocrity. The variety of beer out there, is staggering. Whether you like light beer that does have flavor, an amber with some bite to it, or a stout you can almost chew, it’s out there.
At times the choices can be daunting. Sometimes I spend more time mix and matching a six pack then I do in cooking the dinner for the beers. But I am rewarded when I take that first sip.
Lately, there has been some bantering on twitter about hops. Some consider the pro-hops faction to be beer snobs. Others want nothing but porters and stouts to be produced. All I can say is, be glad that whatever your preferences, you have a multitude of beers to choose from. We live in the Beer Days of Thunder. Breweries are opening at an incredible pace, each making a wide variety of types. If you can’t find a beer style that suits you today, you must not like beer.
Happy New Year.
In Fermentum Veritas
Charlie “Lightstone” Blitzstein