The year started with the highest of hopes to consume beer that was brewed locally, purchased directly from the brewery, and packaged in such a way that no waste was created. Coronavirus pretty much killed that goal in its sleep. A lot of breweries closed entirely, although some stayed open to provide direct sales of packaged beer. Growlers and other reusable containers were prohibited as potential virus vectors.
Plus, when a person is staying at home all day and night there seems to be little reward to kicking back with a cold beer at the end of the day. Days and nights, weekdays and weekends, workdays and holidays just seem to kind of meld into one long slog of Zoom meetings, squirrelly children, and longing for something that approximates normal.
Here is what my beer purchasing looked like in the second quarter:
No real surprises. The Sierra Nevada Brewing purchases are a little random. Along with Summit Brewing, Sierra Nevada is a nostalgic brewery for me as it is one of the first IPAs that I can remember drinking back in the…1990s. You know, that same period of time when Republicans were up in arms about a President having lied about an affair. Oh, the good old days…
I did get a chance to visit my favorite brewery on the planet—Outer Range Brewing Company in Frisco, Colorado—during a trip to complete some trim carpentry on a friend’s vacation property. Yes, the same trip where my truck decided to become a gigantic paperweight on the side of the interstate following a catastrophic water pump failure. Can you tell that I am still a little bitter about that repair bill?
Some beer made it home with me and will have to be an occasional treat until I can hopefully make it back for the Christmas holiday and some skiing. I have the sinking suspicion that the current spike in coronavirus is going to put a damper on any skiing this year.