Having my finger on the pulse of the craft-beer community , I’ve noticed something of a small trend. A mini-trend if you will. People are voluntarily stepping away from craft beer consumption! I don’t want to point anyone out in particular (OK, I will!) but I think its interesting none the less. What do you think?
Nate over @ Thank Heaven for Beer took a beer breather for personal reasons. To a lesser extent,the Beer and Whiskey Brothers Don and Jim had to ‘detox’ after a weekend or so of unusually heavy liver abuse.
On a more permanent basis, The Beer Critic has given up beer blogging altogether, and he provided 10 great reasons why he did to his loyal readers.
Even I contemplated the thought of cutting back on my beer consumption and reviewing in our own Happy Birthday To Us post last month. So, what’s going on here?
I think in all the instances provided, the main reasons that notorious (myself excluded) beer bloggers voluntarily step away from beer for a bit seem to be health and a rearrangement of priorities – either on a temporary or permanent basis.
In my case, while I haven’t pulled the trigger just yet, I’ve come to realize that all this beer reviewing takes up a tremendous amount of time. Do I love it? Sure I do! I’ve learned a hell of a lot about beer, and also about running a little web site such as this. But, when I step back and think of the resources that have gone into making this site what it is today, I wonder if its too much.
Too much what? Well, time for one thing. I couldn’t even begin to calculate the hours I’ve spent developing this site. Is that bad? I don’t think so. It isn’t like my life is in shambles as a result of this blog, (I still eat and bathe) but perhaps cutting back a little will free up some time to allow me to do other things. Priorities I guess. Some people travel great distances and wait in lines for hours to get a rare beer. I won’t do that, but on the other hand I can’t remember the last time I read a good book cover to cover either.
What about the cost financially? Again, how much have I spent on beer over the past two years? I have no idea – but if I did know, I’d probably be very surprised. That doesn’t even factor in the financial costs associated with running your own site. Again, I’m not living on mac and cheese, buying things to keep your beer cold, or ramen noodles, but perhaps its money that could be better invested?
What about health? I’ve heard it many times from various people that when they stopped drinking beer they lost weight. How much? How about between 20 and 50 pounds or more. I’m not a huge big drinker of beer (maybe 3 beers a week), but I wonder how much I could lose if I simply gave up beer for a month or so? Knowing how many calories are in your beer might shed some light on the issue and get you thinking as well!
Now, I’m not getting all down on beer and its associated badness! We’ve seen that beer has some positive influences as well! Its thought that moderate consumption of beer can help your heart and bones, as well as be beneficial with hypertension and even improve cognitive function! We also can’t leave out the awesome community that thrives around craft-beer, both online and in the real world! Definite positives in my book!
So, I guess what I’m wondering is, do beer bloggers, beer industry people or others who are into beer have to be more careful with watching their time, money and waistline than other people when it comes to beer?
I’m big on personal choice and I’m not finger wagging here, I’m just wondering if this stepping away from beer thing is just a mini-trend, or the tip of an iceberg? I think its great that people can decide to take a beer hiatus and succeed, but do you think that craft beer might be too much of a good thing?