I love beer.
I love how complicated the taste can be, and how simple the pleasure of drinking it is. I love that, besides water, it’s one of the oldest beverages on earth. I love that different beers represent different parts of the country — and the world — and I love trying different beers and touring breweries when I travel.
I used to think that I wanted to try to brew my own, but that dream died when I took my first tour of a brewery. The tremendous amount of chemistry involved in creating a decent-tasting mug of beer is insane — it’s a process almost as involved as finding the right basal rate for weekend mornings or properly correcting for an out-of-nowhere high.
I love everything about beer except that, for the good ones at least, I have to bolus for beer like real food. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from drinking it — it just makes me more discerning.
Here are a few beers I don’t mind crankin’ up the pump for:
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is so damn good. If you like IPAs (India Pale Ales), you need to drink one of these. Now. Even if you’re at work. It’s strong, but refreshing. Hoppy, but not too much so. And its ABV is around 7%, so it gets the job done, if you know what I mean.
Just don’t ask me why there’s a fish on the label.
My favorite thing about light and tasty wheat beers like Sierra Nevada Kellerweis is that my husband doesn’t like them, so there’s always one left for me in the fridge.
I think Yuengling is the only beer that’s everywhere in Florida but isn’t available West of the Mississippi. It’s basic, but wonderful. And it comes from the oldest brewery in the country, so I always feel patriotic and scholarly when I drink it. Best of all, it’s cheap.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite local beer, 1901 Red Ale. Not only is it made right down the street from my house, my favorite illustrator and co-worker on earth, Kendrick Kidd, designs the labels and tap handles for all of Bold City Brewery‘s beers. 1901 is named for the year that Jacksonville burned to the ground, and it’s a dark and yummy brew that never fails to turn my blood sugar levels into a natural disaster of my very own.
Of course, I’m not always in the mood to calculate and bolus for something tall, dark and strong. In which case, there’s always the old stand-by: Diet Coke.