I was reading a funny entry over at Make Mine Potato the other day. They were begging to receive some free beer like Don and I do from time to time. To them I say be careful of what you wish for, because with free beer comes great responsibility.
I have several “free” beers in my fridge from three different brewers at the moment. While that sounds like a cool thing (and it is), it’s also a little stressful. Because I like drinking beer more than I like reviewing beer.
If you’ve ever done an official beer review, you know it takes some doing. You have to get the beer to the proper temperature, find a glass that’s clean and somewhat appropriate for the style of beer, take a picture of the pour, take notes on the nose, the taste, the mouthfeel, the finish, your conclusions, etc., etc., etc. It’s a fun thing to do, but it’s also work, and sometimes (most times, actually) I just feel like drinking without all the fuss.
But that doesn’t mean that I can just mindlessly suck down the beers people send – that wouldn’t be fair. If you send me a beer, I’m going to respect your initiative by giving it my full attention, just not the moment it arrives.
So now my fridge is full of beers that are waiting for my attention, constant reminders that I’m falling behind in my “work.” Eventually I’ll rave about the great ones, blast the bad ones (you’ve been warned) and leave the mediocre ones unsung, for no one wants to hear about average beer. But for now they just sit there stressing me out a bit every time I reach around them in search of a bubbly delight that I can pop open and enjoy without having to think about it.
I guess what I’m saying is that if you’re a stand up guy like I am, just like lunch, there’s no such thing as a “free” beer.