Stephen Thrasher, Comet Smasher

Beer and Wine

Monday, April 07, 2008 by Stephen

I like my beverages sweet. There are those who like bitter beers and dry wines, and I question whether they like the beer or just the idea of the beer. Manly men like manly beer, no? I have heard people speak reverently about manly beers bucking society's trend toward light, feminized beers. That's choosing your food by ideology. That's buying image and identity. Would they still have liked the beer if it were organic? Or how about if it were marketed toward the opposite sex?

While I can enjoy a manly beverage, I much prefer a slightly sweet wine or, yes, even a sweet beer. A few months ago I tried Scaldis, a 12%, slightly sweet Belgian beer, and I liked it. In very small amounts, I find dessert wines, honey meads, and tawny ports superb.

For a while, I bought only manly drinks. I let this list of
manly drinks [] guide my ordering choices for a few months. Now I try different things and just see if I like them.

A yet-to-be-published book, The Wine Trials [], showcases 100 inexpensive wines that beat out expensive wines in blind taste tests. In the study, they labeled wines with different prices to see how price affects preference. One take-away message is, drink what you like, not what you think you should like. I have to admit, though, that I still feel silly ordering a drink that comes with an umbrella.


At Apr 9, 2008, 2:26:00 PM, Blogger alijoon said...

You should try Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat for a nice fruity beer.

At Apr 10, 2008, 2:54:00 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

I agree, although I like both fruity and dry wines; and the drier stuff grows on you, and you discover the really sweet stuff can be cloying. But I haven't drunk much for about 6 years now, with all the sweet babies and the accompanying need for high-quality sleep, so I don't have any credibility. :)

(Of course, traditional food-wine pairings have some reason to exist... I have confidence that you would not ignore tradition.)

At Apr 12, 2008, 1:38:00 PM, Blogger Jen said...

Dare I say, food for thought?

Next time you're in Eugene, I suggest you try the Early Muscat by Hinman Vineyards. It's a semi-sparkling white wine and something I was very sad to leave when I moved.


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