Beer and cake are the most heavenly foods on earth. How do I reconcile my worship of a bitter, carbonated nectar with my equal rapture in the presence of the sweet, dense manna? Hell is having to choose between them.
But I can choose, and I choose beer. Nearly every day. But beer has a stigma: it’s undignified, manly, aggressive, unlike its more refined counterpart, wine. It’s associated with frat parties and thick-necked guys and redneck softball teams, where the outfielder has a cigarette in one hand and a can of Natty Boh by his feet. Tell someone you drink a glass of wine every night with dinner, and she’ll tell you how healthy it is. Now tell her you drink a beer every day at 4:00, and she’ll think you’re an alcoholic. Even though beer is good for you, but soda is not, beer still loses; no one thinks you’re a drunk if you have a can of Coke with lunch.
You should know that when I talk about beer, I don’t really mean beer; beer is, typically, lager—that piss-water-colored stuff that tastes nasty. I always mean ale. I like hoppy, bitter, light brown beers—no food-thick stouts with weird additives like chocolate. Give me some Flying Dog Doggie Style or some Harpoon IPA or some Rogue Dead Guy (perfect for Good Friday) or the holy grail of ales, The Brewer’s Art’s Resurrection (perfect for Easter Sunday).
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like the alcohol in beer. Coffee tastes delicious, but most of the people I know drink it for the flavor and the caffeine. Look, in a world that’s as fucked up as ours, we need all the legal drugs we can get. Back when I suffered from insomnia, my therapist told me I should live like a starlet—popping uppers for breakfast and downers for dinner. And I do. Did.
On Monday, I took a beer-drinking hiatus, at least during the week, so of course I can think of nothing but beer. I quit because it’s obvious I have a problem. That’s right: I can’t fit into my fat jeans. My problem isn’t an alcohol addiction. If I had to pick from among Budweiser, Miller, Coors, or even Yuengling, I would abstain. If all you had was wine, I’d chew gum.(Possible exception: Riesling. Hey—I was raised on Maneschewitz, which spoiled me for Merlot.) Don’t even mention diet beers. Blech.
Last night, my husband cracked open a Resurrection. Curses! I went upstairs and got in bed to wait for The Good Wife. The defendant had a drinking problem, and there was a picture of him with a beer in his hand. Last night I dreamt I was cooking eggs for breakfast—while drinking a beer. This morning, I found a pair of Flying Dog caps in the silverware drawer. I am Flying Dogfaceboy.
It’s going to take the patience of Saul and the faith of Job to get to Friday with two six packs of Resurrection in the fridge. I like beer. A lot. But there’s something I want a little more.
I want to fit in those white dragon pants.