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During these steamy days of June, after I've been working in the yard all day and am bone-weary and ready for a shower, there's nothing like a couple of cold ones to help me cool off and relax.

I usually drink Heineken, for reasons best summarized in an ad campaign from many years ago—a three-word slogan, "Heineken tastes tremendous."

But I'm not drinking Heineken this summer. In fact, I've tried about half a dozen different beers this summer, and I'm not drinking them, either.

It seems I've lost my taste for beer.

I can't tell you how weird that feels.

And another thing: my summer drink staple, Bombay gin and tonic, doesn't even sound good these days.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go get another glass of lemonade.

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thecriz5
Jun. 21st, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
You just blew a beer fuse. You'll get your taste for beer back soon enough.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
"Blew a beer fuse." I've never heard that one before.
minnesattva
Jun. 21st, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Lager all tastes the same to me. (Well, except one I had last week, but that's a proper cask one.)
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
I like ordering a beer I've never had before and having it knock my socks off.

The real tragedy here is I've got a six-pack of Peroni (an Italian beer) sitting in the basement and I don't want to drink it.
sarahk809
Jun. 21st, 2011 09:33 am (UTC)
Same thing happened to me when I started taking Lexapro (antidepressant, low dose). I don't know if there's a correlation, but we're always reminded that alcohol is a depressant.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
I wonder if my doctor will substitute beer for one of my meds, then?
cougarfang
Jun. 21st, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Ew, beer. :P

Relatedly, have you seen this ad before?
sahlah
Jun. 21st, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Best beer ad ever. :)
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
My favorite beer commercials are the ones in this series:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYdwe3ArFWA
nodressrehersal
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
Have you seen the Valu Home Center commercials that are a take-off on these? Lame. The Valu ones, not the real ones.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't, but their latest newspaper insert with "Shop easy, my friends," got me thinking something was up.

The way that guy "dances" at the end of their spots has broken the longevity record for lameness.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Great ad. Thanks.

Where do you find this stuff?
cougarfang
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thinking about the whole beer thing further, the only "beers" I've liked (like, like-liked, not just tolerated) are some of the crazy things that Albert's hacker Bostonite friends brew behind their couches in big glass jars, throwing in random stuff like lemons (tasted like alcoholic Sprite, very nice) and cacao powder (they were trying for chocolate beer, but it looked and tasted like crap).

Where I find this stuff is "The Internets", of which I and many of my friends are denizens. The sort of people who'd introduce themselves as "Hi, I'm from the Internets" generally are on the up-and-up about all the latest viral memes; I just glean what they share.
sahlah
Jun. 21st, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
Pregnancy did the same thing to me. I wonder if all my beer molecules were scientifically transferred to my son via birth. :)
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Now, there'sa reason I can't use!
sahlah
Jun. 21st, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
That's because you can speak French in Russian.
tanadariel
Jun. 21st, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
I go in and out of alcohol phases. In May, I think I had one drink. This month, gin and tonic has been almost a nightly treat.

So, perhaps you're in a lemonade phase. A tall glass of lemonade on a sticky summer day is pretty damn hard to beat.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 21st, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Agreed. When the sweat is pouring off my face and my bandana is saturated, pink lemonade tastes better than anything.
vivitalia
Jun. 21st, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
I think maybe it's the heat. When I get all sweaty, the only thing I want is a glass of water with lemon squeezed in. That said, my dad got a bottle of french gin for father's day that I'm pretty sure I'd drink in the Sahara, if it was available. Or on the north pole, whichever. It's god in a bottle. As beer goes, I'm a porter or stout person. Most lagers, I'm not into. Call me a beer snob, but I'm more into artisan brews.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 21st, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
"God in a bottle." Does drinking it make you feel like confessing all of your sins?

I was out in Portland, Ore., earlier this summer and made it a point to drink their regional beers. (This was before my taste buds started revolting.) But Peroni, Lizz—it's from Italy! How can you refuse?
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