A poll to the right for readers of this blog (and non-readers, if you want to read this to a friend or blind beer drinker):
Do you have a routine "regular" beer in your life? Either a favorite or a "go-to" beer that is regular in your life? Do you always have a case of Clipper City Heavy Seas Loose Cannon or Wild Goose IPA in your cellar, or a six-pack of The Raven or Victory Prima Pils in your fridge? Are you constantly filling a growler of DuClaw Misfit Red or Olivers ESB every week? Do you have a standing order for a sixtel or keg of such a beer for your kegerator? Do you get cantankerous if the level of Brewers Art Resurrection in your blood gets low?
If not: Why not?
Homebrewers: Are you brewing the same recipe routinely, or are you constantly trying new things?
The one most popular question I get asked when people find I write and blog about beer is "what's your favorite beer?" I always refuse to answer, for three reasons: One I at least attempt to maintain a diplomatic sense of neutrality as a reporter on the scene; two, we have to recognize what what I may like in a beer (maltier, balanced English-style ales) may not be what the extreme-beer fanatic or hophead has in mind; and three, being in this incredibly rich, sophisticated, and diversified market, I have such an embarrassment of riches to choose from that it's embarrassing and pathetic to even think of winnowing such a list down to a Top 25. Plus, variety being the spice of life and all that, I can't imagine a situation where I'd want an entire sixtel, let alone a half-keg or keg, of any specific beer, even a "holy grail" such as Thomas Hardy's, J.W. Lees Harvest Ale, Samichlaus, New Glarus Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, or anything, unless I can invite about 50 fans to share it with me--and isn't that really the point of a beer festival, after all?