Monday, February 17, 2014

WHY THE HELL ARE YOU BACK, BEER SAMIZDAT?

Hey folks, sorry for the mix-up there. You know when I said last September that I was retiring from beer blogging for good? I totally meant for the rest of 2013 and January 2014 - not for good, you knuckleheads! Retire! No way. I've already quit this blog and resurrected it once before, something I've been pretty adept at doing in my 11+ (ahem!) years of blogging about various subjects in various forums. I reckon I just needed a public square again in which to yammer on about beer and its moderately profound impact on my obsessive, collector/hoarding-oriented psyche. Rather than starting all over with a new URL, I figured I'd slink back w/ my proverbial tail between my legs and start all over again here. What do you say?

Truth be told, I was approaching beer consumption in a different manner these past 5 months. Namely, a lot less of it. I've never been a real big drinker per se - outside of "the college years", of course - and getting myself down to a mere 2-3 drinks per week from my previous 4-5 has been refreshing in its way. Not taking "notes" on my beer choices and just drinking for the sheer pleasure of it - what a goddamn concept - has been moderately exhilarating as well. I even did something I hadn't done in years and bought a couple 4-packs and 6-packs, and drank the same beer three times in a row, rather than aggressively seeking out novelty each and every beer.

Because I wasn't really paying attention to consumed beer all that much I don't have a ton to tell you about what's good and what's not so good. I got really into an intense new pale ale/double IPA called HILL 88 from a new California brewer called HEADLANDS BREWING; one of the most delicious, hops-packed beers of our  time, and a real big-ABV standout that instantly became one of my moderne favorites. I implore you to seek it out. 

Much of my pleasure-drinking time was, in fact, taken up with drinking India Pale Ales, for they do indeed provide me with much pleasure. Old favorites like Moylan's Hopsickle and Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid, and a few new things from various brewers that didn't stand out enough for me to remember them right now. I stayed away from sours, except a few I'll be telling you about in the near future. There was a Sierra Nevada Narwhal imperial stout that was outstanding. Now that I'm kicking ass & taking names again, I'll make sure to scribble down the details so as to edify ya going forward, OK?

So now that you're here (hopefully again), thanks. I'll try not to be such a namby-pamby quitter anytime soon. I've set up a new Twitter, a new Facebook and a new Google+, and I'd love it if you followed me there as well. Back soon.