Monday, June 10, 2013

Here's to Furthering Our Education!

Not a lot of reading got done this weekend. In fact, the only reading that was accomplished this weekend was what could be captured with a quick glance at a label or sign. A label or sign like these:

Now before you get the wrong idea - it was all for the purpose of lifelong learning. You see, I had organized a Craft Beer Tour for Mr. Fun's hockey team. It was an end-of-season social outing for the players and their guests. As expected, it turned out to be an awesome day with a fun bunch of new and old friends. And we did learn a few things as the day progressed. We learned that at our age, if you start drinking at 11:00 am, you will be in bed and asleep by 9:30 pm. We were also able to learn a fair amount about the craft beer industry in Ontario, and the process involved in creating and marketing these fresh and delicious brews. I think all who participated in the day feel a little smarter than they did before the weekend.

I can't think of a particular beer book that I can tie in with this post, but some interesting ones show up when you search in Goodreads or Amazon. Beer brewing, beer history, beer tasting, beer and food pairings, beer for healing, and beer pong (yes, they print books about that). This is a creative title for a book about extreme beers.

I am reminded though about a t-shirt that I saw at just about every souvenir shop in Philadelphia. You know the one. You have probably seen it, or at least heard the quote that is atributed to Benjamin Franklin: ``Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.`` Most likely a misquote, and more likely it was about wine, but it`s a nice sentiment anyway.

Just in time. Ontario Craft Beer Week begins Father`s Day and runs until June 23. Make it a point to further your education by taking a brewery tour, or visiting one of the many bars and taverns that are hosting events. The link above will give you lots of ideas and contact information so you, too, can keep on being a lifelong learner.


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