Today was Spirit Day:
On Spirit Day wear purple in remembrance. On October 20th, 2010,we will wear purple in honor of the several young adults who committed suicide in recent weeks/months/years due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools.
I am staunchly opposed to bullying of any form and so I wore purple when I went out for lunch today… but the only purple t-shirt I had to wear was one from The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston emblazoned with a tactful: Beer4Women.
Talk about stares of disdain and disgust from patrons of a local Panera Bread! I knew from experience at Brewpubs that a lot of people don’t understand that women can appreciate good craft beer, but I wasn’t ready for the looks of disapproval from passersby – it made me wish that I had a beer in my hands at 2 o’clock this afternoon!!!
Then I read a posting referenced on the Beer Bloggers Unite website today on Rabid about Beer’s Blog: Girlie Beer Anyone? And in reading the responses to the blog posting about women liking fruit infused beer (some by women) – I realized just how judgmental everyone in the world is today! And that includes opinions about craft beer and women (as expressed by – women!) While I have no issue with women defending their pride about drinking stout and porters and other hearty brews, what’s the problem if some of us also imbibe on the sweeter side?
What happened in the last several years? – I simply do not recall such polarization and opinionated comments when I started drinking beer. And, hey, I’m female and I absolutely love a good IPA (such as Harpoon, Drifter and others) at the best of times. But, if it makes me a wuss or some sort of stereotyped “candy ass” to admit that I also enjoy fruit and flavored beers, so be it. I’ve been called worse by better!
There is a variety of flavors and styles of craft beers that involve fruit or other flavors ranging from syrups (yuck!) to other infusions. My personal “fruit beer” tastes run the gamut from Sam Adams‘ Cherry Wheat and Sam Adams’ Blackberry Witbier to Magic Hat #9 (not quite pale ale), Pyramid Brewery‘s Apricot Ale, Dunedin Brewery’s Apricot Peach Ale, and Hurricane Reef’s Raspberry Wheat Ale.
But there are also fruit beers that I do NOT like: (does this change the judgment?) — I have to cut a Leinenkugel Berry Weiss at least 1/2 and 1/2 with a lager because otherwise it’s just too syrupy sweet. I also don’t fancy a few of the offbeat varieties such as Kona Brewing’s Wailua Wheat Ale brewed with passion fruit (it just didn’t taste like beer at all and I thought I pulled out a mislabeled Seagrams Wine Cooler by mistake from the cooler!) And, I can only stomach one 375 ml of Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic on a hot summer day!
What I do like is a 1/2 pint of Lindeman’s Kriek Lambic topped with a 1/2 pint of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. Or a Southern Tier Pumking or a Hoegarden pint anytime!
Quite frankly, as is said on one beer shirt I saw recently, beauty is in the eye of the “beer holder” – and I believe that in whatever direction your personal taste for beer lies, that’s okay as long as you and your beer are both consenting! Just as in art or music or even cooking – variety is the spice of life!
Even if it means – dare I say it – Budweiser or – gasp – Miller Lite!
Have a great beer weekend!
-The unOfficial Beer Goddess.