Like so many people (especially girls - let's not lie, ladies), I didn't think that I liked beer when I first, you know, started drinking. I want to say the first beer I actually drank was Budweiser. You know, Bud Red. I drank it when I'd already been drinking and didn't love it, but didn't hate it...and then when I had beer as a sort of "first drink" one night, I just couldn't make myself drink it. But again...Bud Red.
Until the Walt Disney World college program came around and I was making a mere $6 an hour. Once the giant bottle of Jim Beam that our neighbors gave us as a welcome present was gone, we had to rely on practically nonexistent paychecks and good friends to get us through.
Enter THE BEAST.
Milwaukee's Best Light, that is.
I honestly looked high and low for a picture of me with a can of Beast in my hand, but the only ones I can find also picture people with whom I'm no longer in contact (including Ex...ugh), so I'll forego that and talk about the inevitable post-college "I'm no longer QUITE as broke as I was a few months ago" switch to Miller Lite. And you know, even though my Beast phase lasted a good 3+ years...my love affair with Miller Lite beat it out at around 4.5+ years. I did cheat on Miller once in a while, usually with Corona, but I always went back to my old friend.
The thing about Miller Lite is that it doesn't taste as bad as Bud Light; also, you can drink a whole shit ton of it because it's barely more than water in regards to its alcohol content.
|I mean, you can drink it for something like 8 hours while you clean the house you are about to move into.|
|...and of course, you can take totally classy pictures like this with this, pictures you would never take if you were drinking a Stella Artois, mind you.|
|And I guess it's good enough that sometimes when you're having a party you need to keep it a secret that you even HAVE Miller Lite and hide it from the other party-goers.|
|Not to mention, it's perfect when you need 14 cans of it to drink at a NASCAR race.|
Instead, I order samplers at restaurants whenever possible.
I visit local breweries and fall in love with amazing microbrews.
I go to baseball games and pay just $1 more per cup to enjoy Yuengling. Lots and lots of Yuengling.
And I go on vacation and try as many new brews as possible.
|Enjoying an impromptu stop at a beer festival in Berlin, Germany|
|Trdlos and Czech Rebels in Prague, Czech Republic|
|House Weissbier at a cafe in the Sachsenhausen district in Frankfurt, Germany|
|Ninkasi Believer Double Red Ale in Sun Valley, Idaho|
So yeah, I drink a lot of beer, but often it's just to enjoy the taste of a brew that's new to me. I never drank a Beast (ha!) or a Miller Lite just to enjoy the taste, that's for sure.