Starting a small Tavern in rural Northern California. Barley and Hops Tavern catalogs the trials and tribulations of the restaurant biz, and teaching wine country to love beer.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Hoist your pint to a happy Brew Year!

Sometimes, people get worried and depressed on New Year's eve. I think it has something to do with the wistful drone of Auld Lang Syne, which nobody actually knows the words to. I point you, those hoisting your champagne glasses skyward, toasting the new year -- I point you to a favorite verse from Auld Lang Syne (Old long since, or, more colloquially, "long long ago"):

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
And surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


 There's the problem. This is the source of New Years' resolutions never quite taking hold: You're toasting with the wrong beverage! It's right in the song. A pint cup is a beer vessel, especially in 1788 Scottland, where the poem was written. A raised pint of ale, not a flute of carbonated French wine, is the catalyst to your success in 2009. So raise your favorite Scottish (not Scotch) ale and toast the New Year properly; quick, before it's too late!

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Suggested Brew Years Resolutions for beer geeks, journeymen, and amateurs:

Quit drinking macro. If your beer isn't made with love, it isn't worth buying. Support your local craft breweries.

Try something new, just because you dig the name. I would never have discovered Hair of the Dog brewing otherwise.

Open yourself to a new style. Hop heads- give Belgium a chance. Ale nuts, crack open a Starbrno. Lager maniacs, give an IPA another whirl.

Give a pub another chance. Ever have a bad experience at a pub? Me too. Everyone deserves three tries. Even if they have ugly wallpaper and a short beer list (you know who you are).

Write reviews. Tell everyone about where you love to go and why. Nearly everyone who walks through my door learns about a couple of my favorite other restaurants / pubs around. On that note, don't miss the Starlight in Sebastopol, Rocker Oysterfeller's in Valley Ford, Stumptown in Guerneville, Moylan's in Novato, and Toad in the Hole in Santa Rosa. Write about your faves on Yelp.com or your favorite review site.  

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