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Opportunity vs Convenience

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by leprakhan, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. leprakhan

    leprakhan Savant (355) California Dec 28, 2009

    Does a beer get a few extra points for the occasion of trying it as apposed to the idea that it's readily available?
    (I.e. I've recently had a specific beer in an epic tasting and thought nothing of it.) Now trying it again w/out a dozen+ to compare it to, all of a sudden makes it a worldly beer which was once an un-recogonizable beer. Hmm.
  2. gtermi

    gtermi Champion (750) Texas Apr 21, 2010

    Breweries are super smart for doing limited releases... People eat that stuff up!

    For example 3 Floyd's with Dark Lord. That beer is solid, but not amazing to me, if it was year round, I would only buy it every once in a blue moon. Since they have this special event it gets crazy hype and the tickets to sell out in minutes. I still would love to go to Dark Lord Day just for the beer trades and tastings.
  3. drtth

    drtth Champion (850) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2007

    How about "fatigued" taste buds that have been pounded into submission by many different beers vs. "fresh" taste buds getting a chance to do what they do best without the "memory" of all those other beers to confuse them?
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  4. leprakhan

    leprakhan Savant (355) California Dec 28, 2009

    That makes good sense. Absolutely something considered but this was a BIG beer. Stout w/ coffee at 12%. There were not many beers at this tasting around that caliber, (A few yes, but not many.) It was not saved til the end either. It found a nice place in the middle.
    Anyway just wondering if anyone else had any inconsistancies with a beer?
  5. Tasting are the absolute worst place to try a beer. It's kind of ironic that the best beers in the world often end up served at tastings.

    For starters, I'm a big believer that you need at least a full serving pour to get a real feel for a beer. You need to try it over a variety of temps, let your palate get adjusted to it before you can really taste it, see how you enjoy it after the initial impact has worn off, etc, etc.

    Then we get into palate fatigue and/or drunkenness from all the other beers, the distractions that come along with tastings, rushing to get to the next tick, relative competition, and all sorts of other odd stuff that can kill a world class beer.

    I have no problem with tastings or sharing great beer, but if I really want to enjoy something awesome (especially for the first time) I often like to just savor the entire bottle for myself on a quiet night in.
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  6. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    Im a firm believer that many amazing beers are wasted at "tastings"
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  7. I have made it a personal rule of mine that when I try a new beer, I must drink the whole bottle (slowly) and I must be alone and undistracted by anything but music (usually instrumental). That seems a bit over the top, but I really go out of my way to respect and enjoy beer and give it the attention I give to any other art.

    I'm thinking of lighting candles, burning incense, and dressing up for each personal tasting in the future.

    But not really.

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