I wasn't sure about adding a blog to this website. It didn't seem right.
It almost felt like my interests were conflicting, firstly I didn't want to write opinion pieces because I feel like beer is way too subjective a topic to do so. You only need to take to Twitter to see how differing opinions lead to segregation between differing sides of an argument, each becoming further and further entrenched in their views. To be frank, whats the point? You may as well argue about whether Chicken or Fish makes a better deep fried McDonalds sandwich.
Beer is such an incredibly enjoyable beverage, with millions of different tastes and smells and colours - I say enjoy it for what it is.
And there it is, my opinion. Everything I tried to avoid comes spilling out onto the page. I've just contradicted everything I said. Back to the drawing board. Let's try again.
It's inevitable that some people will like certain beers more than others. I can only imagine my 60 year old mother tasting an 11% Imperial Stout. She'd probably give me an eyeballing and a possible whack with the belt. I try to explain I'm not trying to poison her, it doesn't work. It never does. Doesn't mean that they're a "bad" style of beer though right? Just means that there are certain styles that don't suit some people, but there's always a style for someone. And this is where I come to opinion number two - there's a beer for EVERYONE.
I'm not very good at this objectivity thing. Must try harder.
Objectivity is surely key to any good beer website, who am I to tell you that a beer is good or bad? In the words of Rick Sanchez: "Good and Bad are two Human created concepts". I'm not saying we should go that deep, but the idea of me giving you a "9 out of 10" or "two thumbs up" is honestly bollocks. I don't even believe my opinion at times and have found some beers to be better on my second tasting, or worse so why should you! Form your own opinions, make your own decision!
Finally! Here's comes the objectivity!
I'm not a beer reviewer. I'm not an expert, I'm someone who really, really likes beer. I consider it to be an art form. Take a minimum of 4 ingredients and create something wonderful. Hire an independent artist to design an awesome label. Stick it to your bottle/can/keg. Give it to someone and if they like it, enjoy the best feeling ever. I'll gladly give you some tasting notes, I'll tell you what it is that I taste but I'm not saying its a "Beer is Art five stars". You're not an idiot, if you like the sound of it go buy one.
I would ask you to support local, independent breweries though. You're not giving your money to shareholders, it's going to the hard working lads and lasses who work bloody hard to make something they think you'll like. It's their livelihoods!
Until next time, J