Since the last post was sort of heavy, I thought I would switch it up and make this post a bit more fun. Not only will I be doing posts where I offer advice about how you can level up your happiness, but I will also be talking about things that make me happy. These may or may not be things that make you happy, but I don’t care because they work for me, and you should find what works for you. So today’s topic is BEER. Beer makes me happy. Let’s start with some beer quotes:
“Beer is proof that god loves us, and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin
“A quart of ale is a meal for a king.” – William Shakespeare
“He was a wise man who invented beer.” – Plato
“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline – it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.” – Frank Zappa
Talk about good company! These great minds all loved beer, and I do too. Just thinking about beer makes me happy. IPAs, oatmeal porters, chocolate stouts, amber ales, they are all delicious. Now don’t get me wrong, I like to sip on a domestic light occasionally, but that’s not where the good stuff is. I’m talking about craft beers, micro-brews, 6%+ ABV, and homebrews.
Speaking of homebrews, I just started homebrewing last fall, and you would not believe how easy it is. Seriously. If you can follow a recipe, and you have about 6 weeks, then you can make beer. Of course, the only issue is that you have to purchase the equipment up front, so it seems expensive. But, in fact, it saves a lot of money. I currently have an IPA finishing up in bottles that cost about $0.75 a beer to make, and the recipe made 50. That’s eight 6-packs of good beer for about $4.50 a 6-pack!! Now I’m not saying that it will be as good as your favorite IPA, but it will be a good bit better than your favorite domestic light. Anyway, maybe I’ll do a homebrew post later.
Back to beer in general. Sipping a good beer reminds me of vacations at the beach. Camping in the woods. Being young and dumb. Romantic evenings. Holidays with family. Football season. Traveling in the Netherlands. All sorts of great things. I can still remember the very first beer I ever had. It was a Rolling Rock, and I was 16. I remember thinking it tasted sort of like apple juice.
Just remember that you can have too much of a good thing. In fact, I will probably write a post in the future about how there are some things to be enjoyed daily in small amounts, and others to be enjoyed very infrequently but in all-you-can-take amounts. Beer falls into the first category for me. I don’t drink it every day, but I do drink it every week. A big part of becoming a happier person is getting to know yourself. If beer is no good for you, then find something else that makes you happy. That’s the great thing about the world we live in. There is so much to be happy and excited about!
One final quote before you get to enjoying your beer too much, “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway
What’s your favorite beer? Do you remember your first one? Do you have any success/horror stories about brewing your own?