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Thinkin’ Beer: Floral Beer and Fond Memories
January 29, 2015
The über cheesy title of this post probably gives away allot of what went on with this week’s thinking beer session. Before I scare you off I promise that I’ve kept the corniness to a minimum, this is simply the title that is most fitting in my opinion (plus I’m having a hard time finding puns for this, may need some suggestions folks) Still there?.....Awesome. For this week’s cognitive brew I’ve decided that something on the hoppier side would be a good counter to the dark and malty beers that have been in rotation recently. Wanting something that was more floral that wouldn’t be an assault of lupulin I decided to return to one of my summer go-to’s with Inversion IPA from Deschutes Brewing. This beer has a flavor profile that changes as it is allowed to sit and breathe which is perfect for an evening of letting your mind wander.
After pouring the first pint for the night and taking in the aroma of the various hops in this brew I decided to review some of the discussion board posts for one of my classes (which happens to be for a math class, riveting subject matter for discussions let me tell you…). I was appalled by the crazy amount of spelling and grammar mistakes, including in my own posts. I am by no means the most adept writer in the world, as evidenced by this very blog, but there are still certain written errors that irk me. Finding that the other students in my class and I had made so many mistakes, I recounted when I had engaged in the discussion board and my mental state at the time and came to one conclusion:
Beer Thought #1: Writing when you’re tired is a bad idea.
The second pint of the evening had been previously opened and allowed to breath and was starting to display more of the spicy notes at the back of the pallet that complement the caramel and Munich malts in Inversion. This beer was enjoyed while sitting on the floor with my dogs. It had become apparent that Charlie needed to let me know just how hard his life was after I had so cruelly made him play ball for an hour. As I sipped my beer and scruffed my puppies, I thought about how little I need to give them in order to gain their love and affection. I don’t need to buy them the latest greatest toys, I don’t need to throw them extravagant birthday parties or spoil them rotten on Christmas (although the latter tends to happen anyway) and I don’t need to drive them to soccer practice. All they need from me is food, a warm place to sleep and to be played/cuddled with. The thought associated with this little rant might be a bit polarizing but it is nonetheless true:
Beer Thought #2: My dogs are cooler than most people’s human kids.
With all the warm and fuzzies from hanging out with the dogs (woohoo, pun!) still going strong it was time for the final beer before bed. I looked through the caramel hued beverage in my hand and started to reflect on having heard from a few people that are incredibly important to me and I had thought were lost to me forever. Now get ready folks, here comes the ultra-cheese I warned you about. A few of these had been nothing more than simple unsolicited acknowledgements of my presence on Twitter and Untappd, but it was the text message and email from a very important person in Florida that damn near brought me to tears (in a good way of course). While I will probably never know the motivations for these little nods my direction, I really don’t care about that. All that matters is having these folks reach out as they did let me know they were thinking about me, and that by itself is pretty swell.
Beer Thought #3: I like the people who like me back.
That seems like a pretty good Mr. Rogers-y way to end this one. So, how about y’all? What are some of the things y’all have been thinking about over a pint or two recently? Feel free to add those on the social medias at me, we can make it a thing (don’t make it weird, just go with it homeslice). Cheers everyone!
Contest Clue: The icing on this tap handle cake is a complex and shiny finish. What is the name of the molecule in the picture below?