There has been a lot of talk about beer versus wine already, and my thought here today is not to rehash the subject, but last week I was stuck in a quandary. I wanted beer, but there was no good craft brew to be had, so I ended up drinking a lot of wine. Now, I’m not complaining but I am a little too.
See I like wine, there isn’t anything really wrong with it, and one evening we ate with a couple wine snobs (a label they wear with pride, mind you) so they chose some truly great Washington wines, thus it isn’t like I suffered, but when you want a beer, sometimes only a good craft beer will do. But alas it wasn’t to be…
I was working in Northern Idaho, a craft beer wasteland. I had planned well. I brought a sixer of craft beer from my bunker and a couple of bottles of whiskey too. So I was well stocked, but what I didn’t anticipate were timing problems and actually trying to find time to drink. See I was with my buddy Mike and we were doing a bunch of public meetings for a project we are working on. The public meetings lasted from 4-7pm so by the time we actually got out and to a restaurant it was around 8pm. Then we would order a beer and have wine with dinner. The first night I was able to muster a couple Kona Longboard Lagers which is good…for a lager. That night I retired to my hotel room and had a Sam Adams Octoberfest (so not all was lost this night, except for the Packers loosing to the Bears…Our mortal Enemy).
Next night was scotch whiskey and a bottle of wine. Chivas Regal which was actually a nice treat, and something red and astringent like most wines taste to me. By the time Dinner was over and we got to the hotel we were both spent. I had a Dr Pepper and watched the premier of Boardwalk Empire. Can’t wait for that show to hit DVD. I don’t have HBO at home.
Finally the last night was the night with the wine snobs. As soon as I sat down they filled my glass with some sort of blended red table wine. I must say having wine with people that know wine, makes the wine better. They knew what to choose and how to select it with the food we were having etc. So that night the wine was actually good, but I still wanted a beer, trouble was I didn’t get back to my hotel until after midnight. No beer for me.
When I finally got home I had some laughing Dog Cream ale, and I went to Brewforia and had an Odells 90 Shilling Ale on tap, which was great but it didn’t make up for my week of little beers, and lots of wine.
I suppose I should be happy that there was at least wine, and I am, but sometimes when you really want a beer…only a beer will do.