Sunday, October 18, 2009
Why I Like Beer
(With apologies to David Letterman--he needs a few extra)
First of all there is way too much wine in the world and there is never enough beer.
Secondly, Americans it turns out can make beer better than anyone in the world.
Thirdly, wine has a whole personality while beer has a profile. Sometimes you just don't feel like dealing with a whole person.
Fourthly, people who make beer are friendlier on the whole and don't really make you feel like an asshole when you talk about it.
Fifthly, it comes in six packs. (Twelve of anything is just too much and one is always too few.)
Sixth, nobody ever comes up to you and asks you for 'sweet' beer.
Seven, it fits better in the refrigerator and in general you don't have to pamper it for it to stay good.
Eight, nobody is looking for a deeper meaning in beer, if anything they are looking for less meaning.
Nine, bad beer is generally inexpensive while bad wine is generally expensive.
Ten, it looks better when it gets in your moustache or beard.
Anyway, that's my take on it, so people bemoaning the popularity of beer over wine in this country should just get over it. Of course, as a winemaker I am perennially hoping for a reversal of this paradigm but I don't see it happening in the near future. So for now, wine is the ugly girl at the party that the moderately pretty girls bring to make themselves look better.
So, all this begs the question, why don't I make beer instead of wine,--the answer is the same as why did I get married. From the outside it looks infinitely more interesting.