Now that we’re just five days away from everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday, I feel compelled to address a common misconception. Despite what the overpriced prix fixe menu at your favorite fine dining establishment says, wine is not the only romantic beverage worthy of your enjoyment on Valentine’s Day and other special amorous occasions. Beer IS romantic. Beer has always been romantic.
Beer doesn’t just happen; it takes a lot of time, a whole lot of consideration and lots of love to brew a good beer for others to share and enjoy. What could be more romantic than that?
Don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against wine. I enjoy it on a somewhat regular basis. I just want people to know that it’s not the only drink suitable for celebrations.
Years ago, I dated a musician and he wrote and recorded a song for me. It was one of the most romantic things to ever happen to me. I’m not the sappy type but I will admit that these days I’d probably melt into a pile of mush if a guy ever brewed a beer just for me. I’m fully aware that not all ladies would feel the same way but then again, if you’re with a woman who can’t appreciate beer it might be time to reevaluate things anyway. (Disclaimer: that was mostly a joke.)
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Even if you’re not a homebrewer, sharing a special edition beer or a beautifully crafted Belgian can be very sentimental. A lot of couples I know have a specific beer that’s significant to their relationship. Whether they met while tasting it, toasted with it at their engagement or tried it on their first vacation together – the beer is associated with an occasion that should be remembered. That in and of itself makes it distinctive and romantic.
Instead of battling the masses for reservations and drinking overpriced vino this year, why not grab a sharable 22-ounce bottle of something special and make dinner at home? That’s really romantic. Belgian lambics and chocolate stouts seem especially appropriate. Even the ladies who don’t typically love craft beer won’t be able to resist the rich, delectable goodness of Southern Tier’s Choklat (it’s kind of like the Hershey’s Syrup of beers) or a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is another one of my personal favorites and although I haven’t tried it yet, I think the Sam Adams Infinium could be a wise choice. It’s in the same class as sparkling wines and Champagne, after all. Lindeman’s Framboise is another great option, especially seeing as it’s red and smooth. Pour it into a flute and you’ve got yourself one heck of a presentation.
If you’re looking for more ideas for celebrating, try making Ale and Pretzel Soft Caramels or Guinness Stout Cupcakes – a little red food coloring in the frosting would go a long way. If you’re looking for beer related gifts, you can always shop KegWorks or maybe put together a Hoppy Valentine’s Day beer gift basket with your favorite brews.
Should you find yourself single, simply treat yourself to whatever beer you want and lots of it. Just remember, where there’s beer – there’s love.
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