Wednesday, 14 April 2010

A Tale of a Reluctant Beer Drinker

I hate beer, and I have no shame in admitting it. I'll cop to drinking a few in my early college years just so I could get a buzz, but I hated every sip (or gulp, really, as my goal was just to get it down as quickly as possible without having to taste much of it). I have always preferred a good wine or a pretty cocktail (even, shamefully, an alco-pop, though I'm growing out of that phase).

The Other Half, on the other hand, is a true beer lover. He loves trying new beers from all over the world, and recently he has even started brewing his own -- from malt and hops, not a kit. I must admit that I am truly impressed with his newfound skill (and, if you haven't seen the complicated, day-long process that is home-brewing, it truly is a skill -- especially when you add a tiny kitchen to the mix). But I won't be sampling any of his product myself.

For as long as we have been together, which will be eight years this fall (wow, how time files!), he has tried to convert me. But I have stood firm. No amount of honey browns or blueberry wheats would sway me. The most I've budged is to develop a liking for cider (the good stuff, not Strongbow).

Until now. Yes, The Other Half has successfully managed to turn me on to beer... sort of. I have discovered the taste sensation that is a Belgian fruit beer. Now, I know some of you may be shaking your head, saying, "That's not real beer," but I beg to differ. Even though it may not taste like beer, it technically is beer. I have tasted coconut beer, passion fruit beer (yum!), cherry beer (double yum!), and a beer with a blend of strawberries, raspberries, and cherries (triple yum!).

He may never convince me to order a Newcastle Brown Ale down at the pub, but I think, secretly, The Other Half is quite proud of his accomplishment. Perhaps even a trip to Belgium will be on the horizon soon.


andrea said...

Have you tried Fruli yet? YUM! It is strawberry and so good, I miss being able to drink it in the UK! I also love Lambic, very tasty!

Almost American said...

Raspberry lambic is one of my favorites - and not at all beer-like!

Angela said...

I think I may have tried Fruli, if it's the one I'm thinking of. I'll have to check out the raspberry lambic. Sounds very tasty!

Expat mum said...

Mmmm I will have to try some of these out. I'm not surprised you don't like Newcastle Brown (and that's my hometown) especially if it's warm. I hate bitters, but I love a really good lager beer. I found a great northern brewery last year called Wylam Breweries and they had some of the best lagers I've ever tasted.

Laura said...

Hey, now. Strongbow is good!

Angela said...

Sorry, Laura! I will drink Strongbow, but it's not my favorite. I just have very picky tastebuds. I can almost stomach a shandy, but that's pushing it!