A Beer For St. Valentine

Ginger JohnsonSt. Valentine lost his head. Well, he didn’t loose it so much as it was removed for him in or around the year 270. Read this hair-raising tale.

And while you don’t have to loose your head this Valentine’s day, you can enjoy the love of beer for this unique holiday.

We’re so fortunate to have an extremely broad range of flavors and ingredients in available beers today – to say you don’t like beer based on a previous one is a cop out to not try another! I’ve yet to hear someone say, “I don’t like wine” based on a previous glass or bottle they didn’t care for. Or “I don’t like cocktails” per a drink they were served that didn’t hit the spot. Yet it’s commonly accepted that people think they don’t like beer because of a previous experience. Time to cut that myth off at the quick!

NEWSFLASH: Previous experience can guide us – and it should never limit us. Use what you’ve tried in the past to propel you forward. Never judge one whole category of flavor, in this case beer, on one isolated memory. There are myriad reasons something that we eat (solid or liquid) can resonate positively and negatively. Be one of those folks who love to try, try try!

Ginger JohnsonSince it’s such a chocolate and sweet focused holiday, I’d steer you the other direction. Go savory, for the Saints sake. Here are some suggestions to pour on for the day.

1. Look for beers with ingredients such as spices and herbs. These will offer some really unique and wonderfully surprising sensory experiences.

2. Cook with these beers. When you think of beer as an ingredient, as well as a liquid refreshment, you can do soooooo much more! I offer recipes here on Your Home as well as on my site, WomenEnjoyingBeer.com – dig in.

3. Support your local package store and buy beer for friends, surprise them with a single thoughtful bottle or can, and make your dollars create their smiles. Split a 6 or 12 pack of your choice, garnish with a simple ribbon and a personal note, and you’ve got a perfect gift of good taste.

4. I’d recommend steering away from growlers since their life is very limited. The beer will never be as good from a growler than it will on tap or from a properly packaged can or bottle, and there’s loads of already packaged beer ready to buy (look for the packaging date to make sure it’s less than 120 days old).

So sling that cupids arrow from your tastebuds to your loved ones. I bet Cupid’ll need a beer before the weekend is out – and that’s heady stuff.

Cheers till the next glass!

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Go Here: Search online for local packaging stores. Choose one or more – perhaps a new one you’ve not yet visited. Buy a few packs and give singles of beer to various loved ones.

Try This: You can purchase the flavorful award winning documentary, The Love Of Beer here. It’s a really fun and well-produced take on one of your favorite topics by Portland OR based filmmaker Alison Grayson.

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at WomenEnjoyingBeer.com or Ginger@WomenEnjoyingBeer.com

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