November 12th

After an uncharacteristic mid-week dry spell (An Education was totally worth it), I *ahem* hopped back on the beer train with a couple of drinks at a pot luck. The first was Anchor Steam, which was mildly disappointing when not poured into a glass. It improved as it warmed up in my hand, but still wasn’t as lovely as it is when it can breathe a bit more. Then a Southern Tier IPA, which was tasting a lot like grapefruit today.

There are always positives and negatives when drinking out of bottles. On one hand, it can be a bit of a conversation piece at parties when someone sees you drinking a bottle of the oddly shaped Anchor Steam. (However, do not take this as an invitation to start lecturing on the history of steam beer.) Around non-beer geeks, it can also seem a bit poncey to need to pour your beer into a glass. At the same time, it’s not as enjoyable when you can’t really see or smell what you’re drinking. You really miss the aromas wafting up from the glass when you’re drinking straight from the bottle. (Doubt me? Try the same beer in the bottle vs. poured into a glass.) There probably is no happy middle ground.

Anchor Steam on Ratebeer

Southern Tier IPA on Ratebeer

Today: 710mL. Year-to-date: 26.15L.

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