A few days ago, a reader of my blog replied to one of my more recent posts, the one with the provocative title. The reader sent me a link to an article that discussed how people in the beer world (and other arenas) are appropriating the phrase “black lives matter.” The reader also explained that while they routinely enjoy my content, they felt uneasy about my choice of titles. It gave me pause, and I understand and acknowledge their opinion. This is why I’m a little slow in posting. However, I will not be changing the title of my blog post. What I will do however, is explain my views of the preciousness of life, briefly.
It’s not often that I delve into political issues on this blog. Afterall, it’s about beer. But, I do want to go on the record and detail my stance on a few things.
All lives matter: regardless of color, creed, religion, race, age, and lifestyle preference- unless that preference happens to be in the pursuit of causing carnage, fear, and mass casualty. At that point, I feel your life is forfeit. On the flip-side of the spectrum, I wholeheartedly believe that unborn lives matter. My belief that unborn life matters is so strong that this first determines whom I vote for in races for public office.
So, why exactly would I title what most people consider a trivial subject (beer) with such a lightning-rod of a phrase?
Actual black lagers, properly named schwarzbiers, are a German style that receives little consideration outside the world of craft aficionados (and inside the world of craft aficionados for that matter). They’re not usually brewed with weird ingredients, barrel-aged, or possess double-digit abv. But, when properly executed, they are flavorful, sessionable, unique beers that show a) dark doesn’t have to mean heavy AND b) all lagers aren’t boring, pale, rice/corn laden cans of swill. For this reason, I wanted people to sit up and take notice of one of my favorite styles.
Perhaps this attitude is changing, albeit slowly. A week ago I got an email message that Barley Creek Brewing took first place for their Angler in the black lager category at the United States Beer Tasting Championship. For those of you lucky enough to have tasted it, you understand why.
The attitude toward black lagers may also be changing in the macro-beer world as well. Not long ago Sapporo put out a black lager to add to their lighter lager options. Pleasantly surprised this happened, I bought can consumed a few can just satisfy my curiosity. Smooth, crisp, and easy to drink, I must say.
Appreciate lagers and share my belief that all life matters? Let me know. Your comments will be moderated to keep things friendly.