Friday, January 23, 2015

Why do we love beer?

We have all heard the term “beer people are good people.”

I’d like to think that this is one of the reasons that we may grow particular attachments to a certain brew.

Some of my favorite beers on the planet are not the best beers I’ve ever had, but rather bring back memories that will hopefully last the rest of my life.

Mostly, I don’t like BMC type beers, but there are three that always bring a smile to my face.

Coors Light.

Growing up in Colorado, Coors Light has been the beer in the fridge for my entire life. My older siblings drank it, my friends drank it and we had LOTS of parties where it was what was in the keg.
But every time I drink a Coors Light, I remember the one that I shared with my wife on our wedding day.

After the ceremony where we got married in a small country church (where my parents were married) we stopped by the house to grab a few things for the reception, and we took a minute to breathe and drank a Coors Light right from the bottle. It was the best beer I’ve ever had.

Red Stripe. 

Yup, That's Red Stripe in my hand!
When I was about 13 years old, we went to Jamaica for the first time. At dinner on our first night, I was allowed to order a beer and it came in a stubby brown bottle with a logo that I will never forget. 
I drank nearly 3/4 of that beer as we dined on Pumpkin Soup and curried goat. It was absolutely delicious!

For the next 20 years, I couldn’t find Red Stripe anywhere! It simply wasn’t available in Colorado or anywhere else we went.

When I finally did start seeing it in the stores, I grabbed up a few and told my wife the story, which didn’t really impress her too much. Then in 2007, we ditched the kids and headed back to Jamaica.

Anyone who has been to that island, you know that your “Transportation” is going to stop at a bar just outside of the airport where you can buy some beers from their friends. Again, Kahuna’s Chick and I shared a beer, a Red Stripe beer, and it was great!


After meeting RumshopRyan for the first time in Key West, we agreed to travel to St. Thomas with him for the first annual Castaway Beach Bash.

We arrived a full 15 hours before Ryan and any of the other Castaways (What he calls fans of his website) and took the opportunity to head into town for a quick bit of tourist style shopping.

On Heavenly Days in St. Thomas. Carib on the side!
Charlotte Amalie Harbor has a flea market style shopping area just outside of the upscale shopping designed for the cruise ship crowds. Local vendors peddle their wares on small tables under blue tarps that provide protection from the Caribbean Sun. One of the vendors had a cooler full of ice and beer.

Carib was the only beer I had not had on the menu, so I ordered one. For a couple of dollars, I had a bottle of semi-local beer that exactly fit the bill for 11 a.m. on the first full day of vacation.

After a few hours of shopping the stores, and for a few more dollars, I had one to bring back to the resort where we found Ryan checking in at the front desk as we paid our driver for the beautiful ride in our open air taxi. So began another great weekend at the beach, meeting new people and spending some sunshine time with my wife.

A year later, when we traveled to St. John with Shawn from Coastlines and Tan Lines, we again stocked the fridge with a case of Carib. 

This is a beer we cannot get in Colorado, and yet every time I get to taste one, I’m transported back to good times with good people.

Beer is about people! It is about good times with good friends. It is a social lubricant that gives us something in common, no matter how different we are.

Do you have any special beers in your life? We would love to hear your beer based stories, either in the comments or on our Facebook page!

Have a great weekend! Go make some memories of your own!

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