The session. Once a month beer bloggers from around the world take five minutes to all discuss a particular topic. This month, the topic is novelty beers. It was suggested by this months host Ryan Newhouse, from Montana Beer Finder. The following quote sums up the brief for this month:

In light of it being about two weeks before Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be a good time to talk about how we love beer. Pay attention now, as I said “how,” not “why.” Much has already been discussed about why we love beer: its creativity, its taste, its social aspect.

To bring that back to beer, I’m not suggesting we need to be thinking of beer all the time, or as much as we think of our partners (though some of us might!), but I’m curious to hear what you beer lovers do to show appreciation for good craft beer.

So where do I begin? What things do I do which shows my appreciation for good beers? Well, I didn’t quote it but Ryan also suggested that the fact that we blog about beer to begin with shows how much beer means to us and, obviously, this is something that I do. I’m not the most avid blogger, I think my average weekly number of posts is only 1.6, which isn’t much, but at least I don make the effort to share when I think of something worthy to say.

Apart from that then what is there? I buy beers, I try and explore different pubs to find something new and different, especially when I am somewhere new. One thing I like to do is make sure that I am expanding by beery horizons as much as possible, if there is a beer available that I haven’t tried before, I’ll always go for that one. Also if there is a special even on I’ll try my best to get to it, even if I don’t always succeed.

My main thing though is that I keep track of what I’ve been drinking. I have many different apps on my phone which I can use to recall beers and remind me where I was and what it was like. The other day I was asked if I had tried a beer from a particular brewery, I was sure that I had but I couldn’t remember for the life of me where, or what, it was. One look on untappd and there it was, I was in the Pilgrim’s Progress, and from that the whole event came back to me. I remembered enjoying the drink, what it was like, the company I was with, I can even picture the guy behind the bar who served us.

I do a lot which people would call  geeky and obsessive and I can see where their coming from, but at the end of the day what I do most of all is enjoy my beer. I appreciate that it tastes good (mostly) and every now and again I just stop and think about that, and smile.