First World Problems

When the topic of economic inequality comes up, I often have a pang of guilt.  I mean let’s be serious:  I get paid to drink beer.  Talk about a ridiculous job.  I realise that I am firmly in the First World.  I have had it easy.  I try to remain grateful for what I have.  I think that makes me an OK person in the universal scheme of things.

And then I listen to some of my friends…

  • My friend doesn’t have an iPhone so I couldn’t text him from my macbook.
  • I just spent $300 on groceries, opened my fridge and didn’t feel like eating any of it…
  • The free coffee at work sucks.
  • My Mercedes has heated seats but doesn’t have a heated steering wheel and it was really really cold yesterday.
  • I accidentally clicked the “thumbs down” button in Pandora instead of “thumbs up” so I skipped one of my favorite songs.

First World Problems.  You get the point.  And then, as I was doing beer research (drinking), I came across this:

First World Problems Beer, courtesy of Stewart Brewing

A beer that truly understands not just me, but my entire life.  And the use of a Lichtenstein-esque image to pull off something I have done multiple times

Forgot I was watching a recording.  Sat through commercials.

This comes close to epitomising my meagre existence, but the cynicism displayed in that single line could hide the mediocrity of the product inside, but in fact this 500ml bottle holds some of the most interesting ales around.

First World Problems – The Ale

One of the things this Belgium style ale most interesting is the origins of its maker.  James Hardacre, a hardcore home brewer, won The Southern’s home brewing competition and was thus rewarded with a sponsorship brewing from Stewart Brewery.  What makes this beer interesting is the vast array of hops and the interesting use of malt.

The hops used in this cul-de-sac of brewing greatness is like being at Comic Con right before the Oscars – celebrities as far as the eye can see.  Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic, Chinook, Cascade, Crystal.  What makes it even more interesting is the concentration on American Hops.  A few have remarked that using Belgian yeasts with American hops is seldom successful, but in this case, the malts have bedded these down so its a very hoppy but well rounded bit of pleasure.  Much like a Belgian.

The malts are Oat Malt and Crystal Rye.  Oat Malts are notoriously difficult in any significant percentages when the nutty flavours shifts into overwhelming, but when paired with the Crystal Rye, which gives an anise and toffee flavour, the result is overwhelmingly good.

In looking at some of the discussions about this, there is some talk that laying this down to really let the yeast synthesise everything is a good idea, but drink it now while it’s still around.

Or else you will be stuck with…

beer meme

Beer Meme

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