If you know me or have seen photos of me over the last year, you know that I have undergone a significant weight loss. I abhor taking medicine, and when my doctor told me I could lose weight or go on high blood pressure and cholesterol medicine, I decided to change my lifestyle and lose weight.
This past week, I went shopping for a new winter coat and had to buy a medium. I was shocked. This time last year I was comfortably wearing an extra large. This is a change I like and it is a change I intend to keep. Again, it isn’t just about weight loss, it is a change in lifestyle and mindset.
This is where the beer part of losing weight comes in to play. This weight loss means I have to drink less beer then I did before. I have chosen as my profession, selling and writing about craft beer. By definition, I have to drink craft beer. However, I am treating it not as a sacrifice, but as an opportunity.
Two things about losing weight and drinking less. The first, it makes me a cheap date. If I drink more then one or two beers over 6% ABV, I might not be drunk, but I can definitely feel it. The second thing it means is I have to drink beer in a way that gives me maximum enjoyment. That means drinking really good beer (already doing that) and ensuring every interaction between my beer and my food is as good as it possibly can be.
Yes, I’m talking about beer and food pairing.
This blog has always been a living thing to me. It has changed to reflect the changes in the craft beer world and the things that most interest me in that world. This is the next evolution of The Beer Counselor. In this iteration, I endeavor to write 2 reviews, 1 beer and food pairing specific post, and 1 general (sometimes kvetching into the internet void) post.
Also, I have a new accomplice to assist me with my food and beer pairing. Plus, in the very near future, there will be a new project hitting the interwebs with me and Aaron Gore.