I read a lot of other beer blogs, and I’ve known that from time to time, people will give up beer for a period of time for one reason or another. Some guys give up beer for Lent. Some give up beer so they can kick ass a little better!
Still others give up beer to reset their palate or to just see if they can survive a month or so without beer – or maybe just to test themselves to see if there is a little problem.
For me, its a combination of things. Lose some weight, test my will, save a little money and put it toward diapers. (For my baby, not me!)
Well, its not Lent, and I’m not really a religious person either, but I do enjoy good beer and so it will be a test of faith to go without! I could certainly work toward kicking more ass like Peter did when he gave up beer for a bit, and I think its also good to just let the palate rest for awhile. Our own Bob the Brit has suggested doing that from time-to-time. My palate has been abused with so many Imperial Stouts this Summer, it could certainly use a little break!
And then there’s the weight. I know, I know. Calories in greater than calories burned = weight gain. Sure, exercise more, eat less, and have a beer in moderation. Well, that’s all and good but as much as I try I can not commit to a exercise routine that produces results, so I’m focusing on the intake part of the equation. Also unfortunate is that my employer won’t let me drink at work, so by the time I get to enjoy something in the evening, its much too late to burn it off. So, while I don’t blame beer for all the extra pounds, its not a help either!
Now, before you go and make all sorts of assumptions, my typical weekly beer consumption is probably one per day. So, at the end of a week, there might be 6 or 7 bottles in the recycle bin. Some weeks are more. (Some weeks are a lot more.) But on average its about one per day.
That’s not bad, and it should be balanced by cutting out other foods that are actually horrible. And I have. I just think giving up on beer for September is something to try. I’m hoping that it will speed up some weight-loss gains I’ve been making, reset my palate in time for all the awesome Fall seasonal beers, and also I’m going to see if I can actually do it. 30 days without a single beer. Can you?
So, for the month of September, I won’t be doing any beer reviews here at The Brew Club. (This likely makes you happy anyway!) I’ll make a topical beer-related posts here and there, but nothing about my impressions on any particular beer because I won’t be drinking any. 🙂
In my place, we’ll have the ever-capable Bob the Brit and Lee take over the month of September while I go and torture myself. I’ll check in weekly I think with a little update to confess if I’m still meeting my beer abstinence goals or not. I’ll even post my weight for all to point and laugh, or perhaps to help motivate me.
As I write this, I’m 209.6 lbs and my goal is 200 lbs or whatever it is by October 1. One month without beer.
When I make the 30 days without beer goal, I’m going to go and buy a Sam Adams Fall variety pack and a four-pack of DFH Punkin’ ASAP. Laugh or whatever, but I LOVE the Pumpkin Ale in there, as well as the Octoberfest, Black Lager, and even to a degree the Irish Red and Boston Lager. All fine beers. If I can find me an Autumn Maple from The Bruery, I’ll have that first. (Hmmm. Sounds like I have a plan to put all the weight back on too!)
That’ll be October 1st, which starts the best outdoor beer drinking month in the Northeast USA. Period.
Damn this is going to be tough! Ever try it? Why? How did you do? Care to join me on a dry September? Didn’t think so smarty pants!