Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Never disappointed

I have always lived life and drunk beer by the following guideline;

“This is the second best I’ve ever had.”

As a Beer Bloke I am often asked to nominate my favourite beer or to rank the one I’m presently enjoying in my all time ‘best-of’ list. I always come back to my guideline. It’s the second best. The second best beer, the second best steak, the second best holiday, the second best sha ... well, you get the drift.

This mental application means that the best is always yet to come. There is always another. I don’t need negativity like Jack Nicholson’s character in ‘As Good As It Gets’ – no, this is NOT all there is. The best is always yet to come. It makes for an enjoyable time, every time. There are no such things as ‘bad’ beers, just ones you wouldn’t have again. Good beers and better beers. Just never the best. That could be the next one. Or the next one. Or the one after that.

Those who have followed my search for the lost treasure of the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale will understand that I don’t await the first sip of this beer with trepidation or fear that it won’t live up to my own hastily created hype. It CANNOT disappoint me. Well, unless it’s flat or stale. Or my ‘mates’, who’ve tormented me previously with this beer, have secretly removed it from the beer crisper, uncapped it, replaced the contents with cats piss – or worse, Carlton Cold – recapped it and then snuck it back into the fridge. That would probably disappoint me. But other than that happening, I win.

I will enjoy it because it has been such a saga for me to get it. The journey is just as important as the destination. Or, as my daughters’ Kinder teacher said, ‘It’s the process, not the product, that counts’. And because I have waited so long. And because I already know that it won’t be the best beer I’ll ever have. Because that one is always still to come.

Prof. Pilsner


Tim said...

Come on mate, just hurry up and drink the SNPA! The suspense is killing me...

Beer Blokes said...

A-Hah!!! See, now you know exactly what it's been like for me this past year or so! I knew someone would understand. It has actually become really difficult to work out when to have it. Some time between now and Christmas a nice quiet moment will present itself and the mystery will be over.

P.S. Congratulations on your recent wedding anniversary, hope you have many more to come.

Damien said...

Yeah, I'm with Timmy. Drink the thing before I fly back to Melbourne and drink it for you! :)

Beer Blokes said...

You two 'Londoners' need to learn the fine art of patience. It makes the beer taste better.Might just see how far I can drag this thing out now, just to annoy you two! Oh, Damo, meet Tim from Sydney - Tim, Damo, living in London but from Melbourne.