Really? I mean I am a fan of good beer as much as the next guy but do I really want to show you how good beer can taste as suggested by this article entitled "Craft beer aficionados want to show you how good beer can taste. Trust them."?
Those friends who sold me on craft beers are now trying to sell the entire Pittsburgh population on them. Today marks the start of Craft Beer Week, organized by the nonprofit Pittsburgh Craft Beer Alliance. Local breweries, distributors, bars and restaurants throughout the North Hills and the metro area are featuring tastings and special events to spread, as they say, "the gospel of all things craft beer."
The funniest thing, of course, is that if this theory is true all Pittsburgh Pirate fans should become Yankee fans, right? And you will all listen to The Decemberists and you will all know the reference in the band's name and know why you have to be taught Dostoevsky when you are 20 from a guy who knew Pasternak... because of you don't understand things on as many levels as I do you really can't have passion. You won't really be able to suck the marrow out of life and giggle as it drips down you chin. Because you won't have passion. Like me.
To hell with that. Passion is that employer of the young who saps their joy for life. Passion offers periodic Google ad cheques in return. It asks you to be the unpaid brand ambassador. On Wednesday night, a intelligent and eager young person suggested to me that my interest in good beer was pure passion with a certain honest excitement. I took the time to gently crush that moment like a mouse under my heel. It was information, I said. Information and interest. Passion? I have children for that. I have my future. Most of all, I have awareness that we all face the grave and am informed of that by the smell of the forest or by the way ocean waves entrance you if you just stop and watch. That's passion. I don't buy passion by the six pack and I sure as hell don't run into it at either the gala or during the week's worth of events put on by the local brewers' association.Beer? It is tasty. It can even be fun. But let's keep some perspective. Worrying too much about the taste in other peoples' mouths should only really lead to something more sensible like this.