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Thursday, February 22, 2007
Beer & Tastebuds: Back in the Saddle after the Flu
I don't know if you have noticed, but, I've been a bit absent from this space over the last week. Thanks for taking up the slack Bryan. I know we all like to see something fresh here everyday. So where have I been? Sick with the flu :-( Here's the story. The last beer I tasted before taking ill was Tuesday night a week ago. I had a hard time tasting an Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout. This is when I noticed that something was wrong. It just didn't taste all that great and I'm pretty sure it doesn't suck ;-). I'm sure somebody out there can back me up on that one. I suspected that I might be coming down with something, but, tried to shrug it off. Well that didn't work. I called in sick the next day and joined the rest of the family watching TV and coughing. As you might imagine I didn't really enjoy the next couple of days with a fever, cough and just being plain washed out. I Lost my appetite for most food, even beer. SHOCK and horror, I know. Of course I don't really drink alcohol when I'm sick because it tends to dehydrate me, but, worse than that it just tastes like crap when you are sick. This brings me to what I think is an interesting point. What if you're sense of taste were taken away? So much of what I like about beer relies on that one sense, taste. I guess you could say I have taken it for granted. Not anymore. I can't wait until I can taste a beer again. Seven days and counting. How long must I wait? Anybody out there sick? Here's to getting your health back and hoping your taste buds come with it. NOTE: Over the weekend I did have a beer that almost cured me, Stone IPA. If you think your taste buds are still only at 10% and you want to enjoy a beer, Stone IPA. My taste buds never tasted anything sweeter. I know I didn't really taste it...taste it, but, those hops really came through loud and clear.