When I started this blog back in 2010 I planned to blog just about anything I got my hands on, but keep the focus on whisk(e)y. Then, in 2011 I started overspending on beers to a level that I bought bottles priced at € 17 a pop.
Oak aged barley wines from a brewery near San Diego. Sounds fancy, tasted just as fancy. A beer that occupied your entire night. It’s absolutely stunning, but as I delved more into this rather overpriced spectrum of brews I kind of lost track and ended up spending more money on beer than on anything else. Sometimes € 50 per week.
So, after a year of ridiculous spending I decided to stop myself from buying expensive beers. I more or less did so, apart from the occasional Equity for Punks release from
BrewDog. The drawback of this was that I also stopped blogging about beer. I didn’t write proper tasting notes and when I did short ones I just put them in Untappd.
Also, I’ve been less focused on trying every new beer that comes to market and I simply refuse to spend big bucks on a single, regular sized, bottle of any brew.
Example: I am intrigued by Rogue’s “Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Ale” and decided to buy one. I thought I had seen it priced at € 7 at my local bottle shop. Sadly, I was mistaken and it’s double that. The Rogue beer next to it is € 7. No go. I still like to try it, but I’m just not spending that much money on such a quirky beer that I only want to try out of curiosity. I don’t even expect it to taste that good.
I still like beer though. I still like to try a lot of different ones, but I’ve become much more critical of my spending and am getting more critical on how they actually taste. In Untappd terms, I gave quite a few beers 5 stars that I shouldn’t have, but I was enthusiastic. Financially it’s very smart to be very critical. I wish that would translate to whisky.
So yes, I still like beer. I try to focus on distillates more though. So don’t expect many posts on brews unless I go to a tasting or a brewery of some kind.
Events always change the rules.
Oh, and on a closing note. By now craft brewing has gotten so big that many breweries start doing ridiculous things like that pink bottle up there. I’m not sure if they actually figured it would taste good before they started making it, or that they just wanted to turn heads. I try to avoid that kind of stuff, although it’s hard.