As a young lad growing up I naturally gravitated to the pub once I reached a certain age (I’m not putting anything in print on that one…) For me the lure of the pub was twofold, firstly I enjoyed beer, it appealed to me and as the son of a real ale drinker, I much preferred the real ales in the pub than I could get at home. But more than that, the pub became my favourite spot to relax and socialise. I always found it easier to talk to people when I was in the same place as them, I prefer that to Twitbook or whatever.
However, the last few years have seen an explosion of new beers being made available to me and I have gorged on them like Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka’s chocolate river. The result is that Im now reluctant to go to the pubs that I used to go to, where I used to be sure to always bump into someone I knew for some craick. I now feel uncomfortable going to such places because I know they don’t serve any beers that I actually enjoy. I go there and literally try several different beers before giving up and getting myself an Appetiser and being done with it. Then I get questioned about my health “not drinking Myles? Are you feeling ok?”, or people think you’ve come up with a new drink “What’s in that? Vodka/Gin/Absinthe?” or you get accused of being a snob for just drinking whatever generic beer they have available. Perhaps I am a snob, but I’m sat enjoying my Appetiser and not causing any harm. I know you think because I’m a beer geek I should be constantly drinking beer, but that’s the difference between geekery and alcoholism.
So if you see me with a soft drink, I’m fine, don’t worry about me. I’m still perfectly capable of holding a conversation. I’m still perfectly capable of having a good time. I’ll probably not end up lying in a pool of my own vomit but hey, that’s ok, I’m not a student bum anymore! I have to be up for work/with the kids/got jobs to do in the house (delete as appropriate) in the morning.