Every beer is different.
It then follows that every beer review should be different, right?
So here’s the thing. I love reviewing beer. I love drinking beer. I love writing things down about beer. But when I follow a very similar format for every single beer I drink and review, it starts to get a little…hmm…dry. And we don’t want this site to be dry, do we? We want it to be wet. Right.
So let’s shake things up a bit.
(That’s not to say I wont do any more beer reviews. I will. They just won’t come as often, as I will be preoccupied with what appears below.)
I have an announcement to make. I have joined a MUG CLUB.
There are many different mug clubs at many different bars, I am sure, but I like to think that this particular one is better than the others. After many hours of calculated and meticulous research, I decided on the mug club at Bukowski’s, a bar in Somerville. And by calculated and meticulous research, I mean a friend took me there one Saturday night and we hadn’t even been there ten minutes before we decided to do the mug club. (Said friend is the one and only Jennifer Stanley, owner of the awesome website wadinginladies.com. Everybody say hi to Jenn!)
What the mug club entails is simple: Drink 135 beers in 6 months and you get your very own mug with a dead author’s name engraved on it (provided no one else has already taken the name). This averages out to about 4–5 beers per week. Only around 360 people have done it, and only 60 have been women.
Is this going to suck all of my spare money down the proverbial drain? Probably.
Is it going to require me trekking five miles to Somerville every weekend and probably some weekdays? Yes, yes it is.
Am I going to do it? Hell yes.
Those of you who know me (and if you’re reading this blog you probably do) know that yes, I can do this. I believe in myself, and I believe in my friend who is doing this with me.
However, not everybody at the bar that night believed in us. Namely, this one guy that kept taking my seat when I got up to use the restroom. I came back the first time to see he had engaged Jenn in conversation. Guy was a typical dude bro. As I got back, he got up from my seat and made this statement:
I don’t think you can do it.
My reaction was to look at him and go “Pfft,” and then immediately return to what was important: my drink. In my mind, this one sound equated “You obviously don’t know me and I have zero concern for what you think, you are nothing.” It probably did not come out that way, but the guy was a jerk (“I live close to the bar and I’m independently wealthy so obviously I have two mugs” blah blah blah, just absolute shit spewing out of his mouth) and remembering it this way makes me happy.
Plus, the authors he took were J. D. Salinger and Robert Frost. So fuck that guy.
So, the reasons for doing this are the fact that I like beer and will be drinking it, so I might as well do it at this bar; and the fact that I like literary things and have always wanted my own mug; and yes, part of it is because I want to be one of the few females that have completed this; but a small part of me is doing it because fuck that guy.
Mug Club Stats So Far:
Beers drunk: 4
Beers left: 131
Days left: 177
Specific beers: Sam Adams Light, Blue Moon, Green Flash West Coast IPA, and Jack’s Abby Hoponious Union
So before I could post this, I went back to Bukowski’s. Last night as a matter of fact. Because I had been away for about a week, I was behind on the mug club beers. So obviously I needed to catch up. I don’t remember how many days I have left at this point, but here are the beers:
Total beers drunk: 8
Beers left: 127
Specific beers I had: Magic Hat #9, Wachusett Blueberry, Harpoon UFO Raspberry, and Samuel Smith’s Strawberry.
Can you sense a theme? I was going for the fruity, lighter beers, as I could drink more of them and catch up quicker (please note that this was over a period of five hours, I wasn’t pounding them back or anything). However, the Samuel Smith’s came in a larger bottle (16 oz I think) and cost $12. I think I may have to ease up a bit on the more expensive beers right now.
In any case, I’ll likely be going back soon. Wish me luck!