April’s topic is “Finding Beer Balance.” It’s a discussion I hope will offer a variety of responses as people consider their interests outside of finding the perfect pint. Is beer your vice? Is beer your reward? Does beer really have to be either? Do you find lifestyle balance through work, hobbies, family or maybe even “Dry Days” like David Bascombe? There are a variety of ways to find balance.
Balance? As in balance point? No thanks. I shift. I shift from good beer to affordable good wine sometimes to spirits but mainly come back to good beer and also not good beer. Soon there will be Pimms punches once the heat comes in the afternoon. And think of tea. The things I could tell you about tea. Coffee is more about the happy rut of good morning Joe but tea... now that's something to get obsessed about. Complex, moderate, surprising. Balance.
Maybe. Sure, it's tasty. But obsessing about tasty is like being passionate about your lawn. It doesn't lead anywhere all that much. Yet beer is like tea in that it exemplifies balance. It's weaker than other things for the most part and yet a decent mouthful. Each make you pee. So, it perhaps begs to be taken with perspective. It may, in fact, offer that perspective inherently. If you listen. I am having a Dupont Moinette as I write this. Malty but not a cloyish glob. Hefty but not overly so. The hops add framing but it's the yeast doing all the interesting stuff. Lots to think about. Things coming at you from different points of view. And a beer that can give rise to different points of view as well.
Balance exemplified by perspective. Balance also exemplified by context. Beer may be asking you to think about its components, its limitations and its alternatives. If you care to think about it maybe it's asking you to leave it alone once in a while, too. To find something else. Like tea.