Making beer the focus

When I first started really getting into beer, or more specifically, when I first started buying interesting bottles of beer from Beer Ritz to drink at home, I definitely found myself drinking more. Like Augustus Gloop in Wonka's candy wonderland it's easy to get carried away, I mean there's so much good stuff to try isn't there?

It's a feeling I still get now and then, particularly in certain bars (I'm looking at you The Grove) where the scramble to try everything good outweighs the time I have to spend or the amount of beers I should really drink. But as time moves on I find myself in that situation less and less, and particularly with the beer I drink at home, I'm getting more choosey.

Drinking one really good beer interests me a hell of a lot more than drinking four cans of low flavour* beer that you can knock back without actively paying attention. Sure the beer I'm drinking might be 7, 8, even 9%, but I'm only having the one, and that means less units and, seen as it's January, less calories than drinking a couple of big cans of boring beer. Plus, with the beer I buy being a touch pricey I don't really liking plowing through a load of bottles in one sitting.

I'm not saying that getting really into good beer will necessarily make you drink less, but I really do believe that when flavour comes first and you make beer the focus, it can help with moderation.

And if you're still unconvinced, ask yourself this: Who's more to blame for the rise in obesity, Michelin star restaurants, or fast food?

 

*Lets get away from saying 'crap beer' shall we? From a technical point of view it may be faultless. It's a matter of flavour.

 

4 comments:

  1. A nice thought, mate - I like where you are coming from. Slowing down and taking a look at the scenery is a great way to drink.

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  2. I seem to have gone the same way lately. I will happily nurse a strong stout over an evening and leave it there. Otherwise, I end up constantly upping my game with each beer with disastrous consequences.

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  3. I'm with you on this Chris, I've sat and mooned over my beer rarities too long and too often. These days I like to drink and savour them, my taste buds thank me for it by accepting new challenges like the Cantillon pictured, I used to loathe but now I love.

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  4. I love my session beers still when in the pub but when at home I rarely drink many, just better!

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