Discovery is at the heart of every great story and memorable experience. Nobody will tell you about their trip to the supermarket to buy ketchup and boneless chicken breasts unless the story also includes the pink-hatted, jock-strapped man with pink assless chaps who decimated the Redbox machine outside because it stole his money and gave him “Love Actually” instead of “Romy & Michelle”. Discoveries involving the actual depths of lunacy, absurdity, and chaos are always disturbing…
…but discoveries, while risky, can also be rewarding. If you insist on having “your” beer by “your” brewer at all times, your journey through the beer universe is going to become monotonous–no matter how much you like Mac & Jack’s.
The fewer beers you help yourself to, the less successful a drinker you become. Certainly, you become specialized, but there’s no true valor in being the world’s foremost authority on traditionally-brewed pilsener. Having tried some pilseners that break significantly from said tradition, I can report as your emissary that they are quite delicious, if somewhat off the beaten path. Thus, the following homage.
I present you with a beer that will likely never win a major award (say the brewers), but that I still remember as remarkable three years after my only tasting:
I won’t tell you exactly why the judges won’t give Georgetown Brewing’s Roger’s Pilsner the nod (mainly because I don’t know if it’s a secret), but the break Roger Bialous & Manny Chao took from tradition has yielded a beer of true iconoclastic greatness. Those of you lucky enough to live in Seattle MUST FIND and claim this beer in scads. Take home gallons and drink heartily.
Then, write me a note about the beer discoveries you make. Just leave your comfort zone and DO IT. Beer is the world’s greatest drink, and it endures primarily due to its versatility. Explore that, and the risks you take will become the stories you tell.