Life is Short, Drink Good Beer

I’m a beer snob.  I admit it and I’m proud of it.  Why on earth would someone want to pay to drink horrible, watered-down, flavorless beer? Really the only thing that I’ve seen from my years of experience is that people continue to drink cheap SAB (shitty American Beers – i.e. Coors, Miller Lite, Bud, etc.) primarily to get wasted.  I don’t drink beer to get wasted.  I drink good beer to experience the taste, which is why I prefer good beer.  By “good beer” I mean beers where you can taste the different flavors and notes that the brewers have artistically and carefully put together just like a chef perfecting a recipe!  I love local craft beer and some mass produced beer that hasn’t fallen victim to the mindset of just using cheap ingredients and watered down stuff to increase profits.   I thought all beer was like SAB and tasted horrible until just a few years ago.  

There seems to be this huge misconception that good beer costs soooooo much more than SAB and that only those with large amounts of disposable income can enjoy good beer.  In fact, a few days ago I was asked what kinds of beer I like.  I named a few – Empyrean Brewingg Co, Leinenkugel’s, Sam Adams, Zipline, Dundee, Stone, etc., etc.  And the questioner then turned to my fiance and said “You’ve got a good paying job right?”  Wow.  Seriously?  Not only was the comment rude and implied that I’m some sort of high maintenance gal who doesn’t pay for her own damn beer (which is incorrect), but it is also based on the idea that good beer is ridiculously expense (wrong again!).

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for and that goes for beer too!  Now, my fiance and I watch for sales and stock up on good things when they are on sale, but some of the stuff we buy is only $10 for a 12 pack of bottles and that doesn’t seem crazy to me.  Sure some imports and things are going to be pricey, but again, it’s about priorities and the reason behind drinking in the first place that makes a difference in this equation.  I’m willing to admit that my fiance and I take our beer a little more seriously than most (we recently started subscribing to beer magazines and have been experimenting with home brewing), but once you come over to the dark side (the good beer side!), you’ll never go back and you’ll wonder how you managed to drink SAB beyond the age of 22.

The Today Show has a nice section on their website called Beer Geek, which is a term that I love and may now use for myself instead of beer snob.  And for those of you who still think that good beer is too expensive, here is a great article to steer you in the right direct…..Enjoy!!!

Think craft beer is too pricey? Try these budget brews

Throwback Thursday Poetry – 7/17

It’s time again for another Throwback Thursday and I haven’t really done much posting since the last one, so I apologize for that.  Work is crazy busy (in a good way!), I decided to take an online class to get back in the swing of this school stuff and that just started as well….and there’s wedding planning in there too….so things have been a bit hectic.

Anyway, I’d like to go back, again, to 1998 and share two more poems from my angst-filled, teenage self…..enjoy!

“The Night the World Went Crazy”
There was a pounding in my head
A buzzing in my ear
A twitch in my leg
And a spinning in the air
I lie alone
in a dark room
swirling through my thoughts or
Perhaps I was sitting at my desk
the boy in the corner
fidgeting about
Customers coming and going
The time slips slowly by
Is it a dream within a dream
Or a life within a life
The pain in my head
seems like the construction outside
I lie alone
shifting, turning, tossing
On the night the world went crazy
Or was it only me?

“Pale Faces”
Privileged –
You were born that way
You know nothing else
You believe in America
The government you trust
The system will always protect you
In the eyes and laws of this nation
You will always rein supreme
When you sleep
You see the “American Dream”
America the beautiful –
That concept died on the boat
So many souls lost
Only the “right” ones survived
Where sheets are not only for sleeping
and guns more important than food
The blood and hate that built the cities
and flooded the banks
In the end,
will destroy you, too

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Strive for better

Responsibility

Sure there are some things that are beyond our control, but so much of life, what we can achieve, where we are, our problems, our issues, our ability to improve ourselves and the world around us, comes down to personal choice and personal decisions.

To stay miserable, to remain struggling, etc. because that’s the “easy” way is tragic.  Making changes for improvement may be hard work, but I’ve never heard of anyone who regretted doing it.

I have made plenty of mistakes and more than enough stupid decisions, but I am willing to take complete personal responsibility for those mistakes and try to learn and grow from the experience.  No one is perfect and I’ve made the same dumb mistakes a couple of times before learning….but the important part IS to learn something from it, own it and not blame others or circumstances for who we are and where we are in life.  If you own it, you can change it and that’s personal power!

 

A Dreamer – My Introduction

I’ve been called many things in my life…..some positive, others definitely not.  I’ve been called everything from naïve, a dreamer, an idealist to snarky, stuck-up and a bitch for my opinions, beliefs, standards, morals, hopes and thoughts on society, politics and the world.  I may be all of these things.

I’m a believer of science, that which can be researched and proven.  I’m a believer of evolution of the mind and free-thinking.

I’m a child of the 80’s and a child of small-town Nebraska.  I have a love of history and learning about the lives and mistakes of the past to try to learn and grow from them, to move forward and become better, to learn enough to not repeat those travesties from before.  I have an everlasting love of music, art, culture, books, writings, lyrics, etc.  I’ve been told numerous times that I have an “old soul” or that I should have grown up in the 60’s….I take these as compliments.

I have a strong desire to help others.  I do believe that we are all related and connected and that we are, as a society and more, only as strong as our weakest link.  The saying “this should never happen to anyone, and that’s why I care” is pretty accurate in my way of thinking about a lot that goes on in our world today.  I want to believe in humanity, but I am a skeptic.

I am a firm believer in equality.  I want everyone, regardless of race, age, sex, social status, etc., etc., to have the same opportunity for success.  Yet, I’m smart enough to know that even if we are all given the same opportunities, there will always be those who repeatedly make bad decisions, who choose “the easy way”, who decide that putting in some effort and hard work to become a better person, improve their life/situation and contribute to society in a positive way just isn’t worth it and that mediocrity or worse is just fine with them.  I also know that there will always be those who just believe that they are better or deserve more or feel that they are entitled to certain things in live – that the world owes them something.  And these are ways of life and thinking that I will never understand.

I believe deeply in the need for and importance of education, not just in school but in life.  There is nothing better that one can do for themselves and their society but to continue to learn, to grow, to each out new things, better ways, etc. for their entire lives.  This learning starts in infancy and I feel that the worst thing one can do as a parent is to cheat children out of learning, developing and giving them every single too and assistance possible to become the best they can be.  We should never set our children up for failure or hinder them by being lazy parents.

Yes, I have many beliefs and opinions and have only scratched the surface here.  My most defining belief/ideal is that I truly want for us to be better.  I want to be better.  I want our society, country and world to be better.  I want us to treat each other better, learn from one another and our differences.  I stand for a lot of things and I may be just a dreamer…but there’s nothing else I’d rather be.