I have not been able to update this blog as much as I would like due to being very busy, but as I prepare for my next post, I’ll leave you with this link from local Homebrew/Bottleshop Siciliano’s Market about the “lunacy” surrounding rare beer releases, in particular, Canadian Breakfast stout:
The phone started ringing a half hour before we opened (we open at 8am) and the calls continued throughout the day. When would we be getting CBS? How much would we be getting? Would it be possible to reserve a bottle? Do we have any left? Any idea where to find more? When one early caller asked if our three cases had arrived yet I asked him how he could possibly know that we were getting three cases.
I am not going to lie and say that I don’t care about these releases. I have had some great times with releases like KBS, Dark Lord, etc. It can be exhilarating waiting in line with friends and new-found friends, having some rare beers along the way. But each year, and with each release, I feel like I care so much less. It gets to the point that I don’t care about the bottles–I’ll have a taste, but I don’t need to spend that much time and effort on a beer I don’t even know if I’ll like. And that’s another thing: it’s hard to live up to the hype surrounding these releases. I more often than not feel underwhelmed because I hear people describing it in some life-altering way, and I come away with not much more than palate fatigue.
When it comes down to it, most days I’d rather have something drinkable and enjoyable, not necessarily challenging. I’ve had enough strong beers to know that they’re special, to be reserved for special moments. But we have so many of these beers on the market. I guess the question is “How many is enough?”