As any beer aficionado will know, the holiday period is one of the best times of the year for the enjoyment of their favourite beverage, at home, in bars and pubs, with friends and family, or even as part of a solitary respite from it all. But even so, we must conduct ourselves correctly during this indulgent period, or risk doing irreparable harm to the very industry we seek to promote, and so I give you the first two in my Christmas 2009 list of Beer Rules for the Holidays.
- Giving is at Least as Good as Receiving: ‘Tis the season, and all, so you might as well seize upon the opportunity to introduce all your friends and relatives to the beers you love. Buy a pint of pale ale for the Bud drinker in your life; introduce your brother to Belgian beer styles; bring a 750ml bottle of a special ale instead of a bottle of mediocre wine when you’re invited over for dinner or drinks: the worst that can happen is your recipient decides they don’t like it and you’ll have to drink your gift yourself.
- There is No Such Thing as a Good Recipe for Beer Eggnog: You know I like beer cocktails as much as the next guy, but there really isn’t. Give it up and move on.
More Holiday Rules to follow…