Monday, November 11, 2013
How's your liver?
With San Diego Beer Week officially over, I reflect on the above question. I can't tell you how many times over the past 10 days I heard that, or similar phrases, uttered. So much so that I began to question the very idea of SDBW. To me those 10 days were to be a celebration of all things craft beer in San Diego. A way to spread the gospel of craft, if you will. An opportunity to open the uninitiated eyes of craft beer virgins to what beer, real beer, can and should be. When I hear people talking about the deterioration of their livers due to the extended week's festivities, even if in jest, I wonder if the event has somehow changed over the past 5 years, morphing from something more closely resembling this ideal I hold so dear into some kind of frat boy keg party brouhaha. Craft beer is for savoring, enjoying, and sharing, not chugging, guzzling, and regurgitating. Perhaps I'm too sensitive. Perhaps I take myself and craft beer too seriously. Perhaps I've given you something to think about. Perhaps we've all got something to think about. Perhaps, like San Diego Beer Week, this rant has come to a close.