Everyone likes one more. So, which is better: wine or beer?
It has been made and consumed by humans for millennia, by virtually every culture and civilization.
It’s even mentioned in the Bible, starting with Noah getting sloshed after 40 days on the Ark.
(Unless you’ve spent a 40-day forced vacation with your family, don’t judge.)
There are people who devote their lives to the study and cultivation of wine; spending countless hours and thousand of dollars in pursuit of a sublime experience.
Save yourself some time. The best reason to drink wine is that it makes you look smarter and more sophisticated than you probably are.
If, as Benjamin Franklin said, “Beer is proof that God wants us to be happy,” then wine suggests that God would like us to eat with utensils and a cloth napkin every now and then.
Holding a glass of wine says to the world “I watch BBC America, and I know what the word ‘erudite’ means.”
Also, because it costs more, consuming wine requires discipline. No one says the same of beer, which you literally can purchase by the bucket.
Though drinking wine is sometimes derided as pretentious, there really isn’t much pretense. If it comes in a box, has a screw top, or tries to be too clever with its name, you’ve been warned.
Had Jesus ever tasted “Wine in a Can,” he would have turned it into water.
You don’t know beer is bad until it’s too late.
Oh, my sweet summer child.
In the decade since, I’ve completely changed my tune. Beer—most beer—is excellent. But if all you’ve ever known are cans (or kegs) of watered-down macro brews served in solo cups or by the pitcher in skeevy bars, you’re probably not going to love it.
Or maybe you will. I’m not here to judge.
One of the best things about beer is the sheer variety of styles and flavors. I’d exhaust myself, and you’d probably stop reading, if I tried to list them all here.
The first time I tried a coffee stout, it completely changed my perspective on what beer can be. Yeah, it’s possible that you don’t like beer. But it’s also far more possible that you just haven’t found your beer yet.
Maybe you like sours. Maybe you like bitter IPAs. Maybe you like fruity wheat ales. Maybe you like milk stouts. Maybe you like chocolate porters. Maybe you like dry lagers. Maybe you like crisp pilsners. Maybe you like strong Belgian tripels. Maybe you like sweet lambics.
And because there’s such a boggling variety of beers, there’s one for just about every occasion. I wouldn’t drink a glass of wine after a bike ride, but I’d sure order a grapefruit raddler.
The night before my wedding, I had a sleepover with my best friend and sister. We split a bottle of red wine. It was tasty. It also stained my teeth purple 12 hours before I had to walk down the aisle, causing a (short-lived) panic.
Yes, we could have had a bottle of white wine or champagne, but we could have just had a beer.
Beer has never betrayed me that way.
Plus, craft beer is the perfect way to support locally owned small businesses.
In 2017, there were 6,266 craft breweries in the U.S. in 2017. They employed 135,072 people.
Ohio alone has about 251 craft breweries. Many of them right here in Stark County.
Visit your local brewery. Ask the bartender—or brewer—what they recommend. Grab a flight full of different styles. And get to tasting.