Two monkey heads in a row. What is going on? Well, for starters, I was messing around on these internets this week and, as is usually the case with ideas beery, I have come to realize again that the asides are the thing that are most interesting. I wondered whether beer really warranted beer nerds in 1985 and this very thoughtful response was written. I left a comment about the Pacific northwest US hop causing indigenous beer and Jeff made a post of it gathering up the idea and moving it ahead. And then I did twooted a twurt, too, and linked to a five year old post and, in a reply, read this:
And to answer the question--saison. Absolutely not biere de garde.
As with the others, it's a tangent but a very interesting one. See, that was not the question. The question from 2007 was an implicit and rhetorical one: what in that day and age as the meaning of "farmhouse" as it is a vague term. But there is that use of absolutely that catches my eye. Are things... or rather is anything in beery thought so certain that it is absolute? I don't think so. If anything lines up for first through the door of slippery thoughts, it's those weird beers of the Franco-Belgian borderlands... and especially their US interpretations. Think about it. If there was such a level of certainty about such things, there would be no need at efforts to reframe them in book after book which in large part cover the same idea: the whole meaning of all beer. The essential guide. The only book you will need. Vis, ie, for example, as it were... -> could there be drearier news?
Does this inherent lack of possibility of certainty leads to unfortunate things? I used to think that the jostling was only due to the small pot of available revenue. But does that explain the premature claims? Weird chippiness? Clever people even being labeled gurus?? ... because, I suppose, if we can't have certain knowledge mystic knowledge is the next best thing. What are the things we can know about beer? I do not ask what is worth knowing. What things are capable of being known? And, for extra points, ought we restrict our selves to those things or is all the other mumbo-jumbo, myth making, rumour mongering the stuff that really makes beer interesting?