All the Best Ways to Enjoy a Beer

All the Best Ways to Enjoy a Beer

Nov 21

My friends and I have been checking out local breweries on Saturdays lately. We’ll watch some football, shoot the breeze, and try different beers. In Texas, distributors have to be involved in the sale of beer. Something about how breweries can’t sell their products directly if the beer is going to be consumed anywhere else. It’s a really dumb rule, but the breweries figured out a way to get around it by still selling beer on their premises. It’s such an old law; I’m not sure why it’s still around other than lobbying efforts by big beer distributors. Eh, whatever.

Until those crooks in the state legislature get their act together, I’ll just go to the brewery to enjoy a “complimentary drink” with my “paid tour” – oooh, ahhh, wow, amazing! Isn’t bureaucracy wonderful?

Other than the ridiculous laws surrounding breweries, I absolutely love them. They’re a fun place to go out and get a fresh beer on tap. I don’t know why it’s so good, but when a fresh beer gets poured into a clean glass, it just tastes so real to me. I’m always torn between getting the tokens and three/four pints, or going for the full flight of beers and trying everything on the menu.

I’m kinda a sucker for bar food too. Food trucks are popping up like weeds, but most of the ones I’ve tried are pretty good. I think trying new barbeques goes great with beer. Seriously, is there anything more Texan than beer and barbeque? It’s got to be a little sweet. Spicy is alright with me too, but don’t overcook the brisket. Brisket cooked to perfection, tons of sauce, and an ice cold beer, fresh out of the tap to wash it all down. That’s my idea of a good time.

I think it would be a lot of fun to own a brewery or at least brew my own craft beer. My cousin started brewing a few months ago, and it seems like something I would enjoy. I’ve already got the perfect setup in mind. This cooler keeps growlers cold and has a badass interface. I could brew three different styles and have them all ready to go, basically creating my own brewery right in my kitchen. I think it would be perfect right next to my espresso maker. Now I just have to come up with a name for my enterprise. My only concern is that I might enjoy this too much and start drinking too much beer! Oh wait, that isn’t a real thing.

Have you ever thought about who invented beer? I know it’s been around for hundreds or thousands of years, but still. Who thought about turning bread into a drink? I wonder if there are other brewing methods that humans haven’t discovered yet. They make beer out barely, rice, wheat, oats, hops, but what else could they use? Corn maybe? I should probably just google it and start making my own. I’ll probably save some money in the long run.

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