Misadventures of [strong] Lithuanian beer – 5/28

All of this took place while I was in my apartment, I never drink and drive…so with that being said, here’s my misadventure in beer.

I am a fan of (moderate to very good) beer; craft beer, foreign beer, domestic, tap, bottled porters, lagers, ales, IPAs,…I like it all pretty much. I drink socially but also on my weekend at my apartment, and lately I’ve been on a kick to sample beer from my father’s ancestral home of Lithuania. While perusing the internet I found a grocery store in my area that imports a lot of Lithuanian beer, and so I bought one of everything, including *dum dum dummm* Crazy Brewski

I should have known it would’ve ruined me…while beers average in A(lcohol)B(y)V(olume) the ABV of Crazy Brewski is 15! I’m used to 7 or 8, so this was a big step forward.

I made myself a delicious home cooked meal of spare ribs and mashed potatoes, and opened my beer. It was potent but smooth from the first sip. To combat that I ate the majority of my dinner and sat there for it to settle a bit…and then I went back to drinking the Crazy Brewski.

I drank it all in one sitting, and when the bottle was empty I muttered under my breath I’m not going anywhere tonight. The thing is this; if you go from drinking a bunch of locally crafted brews and decide to take on an imported brewed-to-be-strong brew…yeah, you’re in for a slight bender. I recognized this all too well and too quickly, I quickly called off my evening plans and explained myself articulately albeit in a stupor.
I called it an early night (1o30pm) and brushed my teeth and then slept it off for a good 10 hours! My stomach hurt a bit when I woke up, but I think that was more of my food preference from the night before than the beer itself.

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Now I don’t mind a strong brew every now and then, but I don’t like one that’s subtle and only by getting to the bottom of an empty bottle that you realize the possibility of getting hammered. So let this be a warning to you that sometimes looks…and tastes…can be deceiving.

~Nathanael~

For the like of Guinness! – 27/28

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I enjoy beer, not overly so, but enough to enjoy it and converse about it and hang out with those who do.

Is drinking wrong? I think it depends on the person; if you’re prone to drinking in excess, or alcoholism runs in the family, or if you don’t even taste what you’re consuming…drinking might not be for you.

There was a time in my life where I probably identified with drinking and not really giving a rip about what I was drinking. I wasn’t a drunk, I wasn’t out of it, I just kinda went with the flow of things and drank a bit too much one time from not paying attention to what I was handed to me. Ugh, Jagermeister/Jager shots/all things Jager…that was me, excessive and hard liquor for a usual lightweight/bantam weight drinker…bad combo right there, but that was me, and how I “celebrated” NYE/NYD a handful of years ago.

As I look back at it wasn’t healthy, oy vey it wasn’t, they say being hungover is akin to drowning due to dehydration and I believe it…my hangover was intense, after vomiting it all up again, I was out of it for a good 11-12 hours! I don’t recommend it, and yet it strikes me as pure Hollywood to capitalize on this ala Hangover 1 & 2 and I think I read somewhere that a 3rd one is in the process. It strikes me as bad taste to focus on such a low in someone’s life whether it be the first time or if it is a repeated occasion…but that’s Hollywood so much of the time, schadenfreude packaged in a 2 hour movie.

I haven’t gotten drunk since that day, I drink hard liquor but in very very small doses, and even with the beer I drink, I drink in moderation. I don’t want to be caught up in a beer today gone tomorrow ordeal ever again, getting drunk once was twice to many.

~Nathanael~

A case against cheap beer

God made beer because he loves us and wants us to be happy – Benjamin Franklin

I like beer. In moderation, I like beer. I like all kinds of beer, to which my favorites at this time is Hop Czar Indian Pale Ale & Guinness. I also like how there’s a rich history of beer and followers of Christ, to which a book that came out not too long ago covered this matter – The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World – there’s so much to like about beer…but there’s something about beer that does get to me…

There are times when I go to the liquor store the person ahead of me is buying beer, and not just a 12 pack, but a 30 pack! The beer’s a brand I’ve never heard of, but what floors me is that it costs $13 and change, which is roughly 43¢ a beer! So I wonder…

When does going from liking beer become just drinking beer for drinking beer sake? When does the taste buds God has made for me become worn out and any old beer will do?

I think that’s not what God had in mind, to give into something so that it’s just done and not savored. He gave us love, but if we get blinded by infatuation and lust, any traces of love cannot be found. Money is a good thing, but when we give into greed and wanting more and more without thinking about those who are in need, money is no longer a good thing.

Maybe that’s why the suffix -aholic exists, a word defined as ““a person who has an addiction to or obsession with some object or activity”. It’s okay to like beer, but when you like it to the point where you lose your taste for it and still consume, you can become an alcoholic. You can do a great job honoring God in the work place, but when work takes precedence and it consumes you day in and day out, and even when you’re apart from work it’s still on your mind and it affects your livelihood, you can become a workaholic.

These and many other things are not innately wrong and/or evil, but when you lose control, and the “object or activity” controls you instead of you controlling it…that’s where the downward spiral starts. It doesn’t mean you cannot over come being an alcoholic or a workaholic or some other form of -aholic, but it’s something that needs to be worked out proactively, because if it were as easy as stating ‘no, I’m not going to do that anymore’ there would be less -aholics out there.

If there comes a point in my life where beer loses its taste, I am going to stop drinking altogether, there’s no need in my life to be controlled by something instead of the other way around.

~Nathanael~