15 June is Beer Day Britain, or the start of Say Cheers to Beer long weekend. Its title may be something of a moveable feast, but the sentiments of the event remain the same and should be lauded: drink lots of good beer.
However, drinking is a complex issue. People drink for many different reasons. At its best, drinking is a celebration. Raise a glass to today’s sunny weather; say cheers to the good fortune of living; clink glasses to friendship. Sometimes, though, people drink to forget: forget the General Election; forget the past; forget the future.
Does anyone drink simply because they enjoy the taste? I’m not so sure. I think the body’s reaction to alcohol involves more complex processes than simply a sensory experience. Sorry to admit it, but for all brewers’ endless tinkering and refinements to produce the best pint, if I was purely interested in taste, I would hunt out a perfect olive. However, once I have found my perfect olive, I do not want to endlessly eat them by the bucket-load, whereas I know that I shall always return to beer.
Like the most reliable of friends, beer is always there.
© Beery Sue
Beery Sue gives a thumbs-up to a good pint of British beer.