I know it is tedious and self-serving for an organization to announce something like this but maybe it's time for there to be an annual A Good Beer Blog beer drinker of the year. Consider this announcement by the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group:
Michelin starred chef Sriram Aylur of Quilon restaurant in London’s Victoria was this week made “Beer Drinker of the Year” by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group. Announcing the award at the Beer Awards dinner in London the Group’s Chairman, Burton-upon-Trent MP Andrew Griffiths said: “Our 2011 Beer Drinker of the Year is passionate about our national drink, and a beer champion. His restaurant is now a magnet for brewers from all over the world, for gastronomes and those who want a lunch or dinner with a real difference.
OK, there would have to be a few ground rules about this sort of thing if it were ever to be considered. Wielding a "a magnet for gastronomes" would be right out. Let's face it - gastronomes cost too much to hand around with and, really, has anyone looked in the mirror and asked how they can work more gastronomes into their life? No. Then, there is the whole "passion" thing. 'Nuff said. But most of all, I would like the beer drinker of the year be remarkable for a year's worth of beer drinking. With all due respect, Mr. Aylur appears to be the UK's Beer Vendor to Really Rich People of the Year.
If ever created, this blog's award would have to be a different sort of recognition. Forget the gastronomes. And none of that "name the beer style" crap either. It would recognize creativity in beer drinking - like how many beer shopping sprees were taken in the year in the guise of family trips. And there would have to be some recognition of prudence and community service - as in the guy who saves his pal from buying a $35 bottle by pointing out the better $6.99 one the next aisle over. Plus, there has to be a spirit of generosity and a track record of social lubrication. Applications would have to be accompanied by recommendations from other beer drinkers about how the guy spotted others beers, was the designated driver and was eager to pull bottles from the stash to pass around.
Isn't that what the beer drinker of the year really needs to be about? What other important qualities could there be? Now, if we can only find a sponsor to fund it all. Oh, yeah. Forgot. That's why these things are so often about Really Rich People of the Year.