Jorge of Brew Beer & Drink It asked us all, for this edition of The Session, to write about this: "...what would you change to lead us into the Perfect Beer World? or how do you describe the Perfect Beer World?". Like Stan, I was struggling with the topic until I read a few entries posted earlier today from folk like Monsieur Noix and Win. I saw the light.
OK, maybe not the light but the point. See, I don't care for perfection seeing by definition we live in an ad hoc imperfect world filled with calamity, compromise and failure. But there is also beauty and success and change in there, too. Perfection sounds, well, a wee bit dull compared to all that. But, just so I won't earn the "Don't Not Play Nicely With Others" badge again I will admit to having had some experiences that lean heavily towards the good. Like finding Hennepin at a gas station near Albany for $4.99 a bomber. Like watching Stan drink a beer that he was thinking about. Like watching Ron watch a beer fest. Like having gueuze with a rib eye steak in my backyard. Like getting "Shakespeare's Local" in the mail this week or getting emails from Jeff back when he was Stonch as we planned the Xmas photo contest. Like sitting with old college pals in a Halifax brew pub introducing my first kid at 9 months old on a sunny Saturday afternoon in winter. Like working would ideas Albany's brewing history with Craig or figuring out for myself that the Hudson's Bay company was shipping, of all things, malt to the Arctic in the 1600s. Like having an 18 wheeler truck stop outside the house to deliver a six pack sample. Like once ranking #17 on Google for the search "beer" ahead of Guinness or, best of all, walking into a NY state beer store last week when over grocery shopping with my mom if only to see her face when the big guy behind the counter called out "HEY! HAVEN"T SEE YOU FOR A WHILE!!" when we walked through the door.
See, I am lucky. My life and the bits that include beer are too good to worry about perfection. I want not. The beer has been just fine so far. I have met too many good people, read too many good ideas and sipped too many tasty drinks to not be fine with how things are working out.