Beer matters to me…why?

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A confluence of news and happenings has me examining myself, and how I define myself to the world.   The question of “why do we do the things we do and why does that matter?” seem to be on the edge of everything catching my attention.

It’s a bit like learning a new word or phrase, then hearing it all over place.  Is it a collective awareness exploding into the reality of humanity or just your increased awareness of something within everyday life, and you’re just now picking up on it?  Probably doesn’t matter which.

The point is this – moments come along, sometimes major, sometimes minor, that help put “who you are” into perspective.  The trick is knowing when to listen and let it sink in.

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Tack it off…

1. This thing, and what it represents:

My close friend, Mike Dawson strikes a chord on his blog about the PicoBrew and how it reflects on why HE brews his own beer via his blog, The Beer Engine. And as another homebrewing friend puts it, “”Brewing your own craft beer at home is a difficult, complicated and time-consuming process.” It is? I love the simplicity of brewing. It’s messy and neat and fascinating. It was like throwing and firing pottery – it could blow up, or it could be amazing. Letting go and being in the moment of that experience. The smell, the heat, the steam, the glug glug glugs that follow.” She’s getting at something there.

2. I’ve been nominated in my local craft beer publication, The Growler, as “Best Beer Artist” as a pat of their Kind of a Big Deal list – I’m honored to be on the list with a bunch of dudes I know and respect. How can I ignore how beer and art have woven themselves together in my life here?  To be recognized for that, even just a little bit, is humbling and significant.  Beer has opened some doors, and beer has offered me some unique artistic opportunities.

3.  Next week I head off to GABF for work.  A week of connecting with my close friends in the craft beer industry and community, celebrating the amazing revolution of craft beer in America.  I get to be a part of that.  It’s a reminder how deeply beer has become a part of my life.  I’m the Chair of the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee, and I was elected onto the Brewers Association Board of Directors this past Summer…plus my paycheck comes from the country’s largest suppler of brewing ingredients.  I don’t talk about that part of life much here, but how can I ignore the calling of promoting craft beer and homebrewing?

So yeah, this blog is mostly about fly fishing and art, but citizens, I bleed beer. It’s an obvious and important component of who I am.  It matters to me, because it is me.  I guess I’ve missed that somewhere along the ups an downs of the past couple of years.  Moments come, and sometimes they help shine just enough light on something special, not to be ignored, and you find yourself better defined, with a better understanding of self.

All that said…I’d always rather be fishing.  But maybe there is a beer in my waist pack.  I hope you’re enjoying a great beer tonight.  You know I am.

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  One thought on “Beer matters to me…why?

  1. October 3, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Cheers! Glad to see you working in beer and still having fun pulling fancy feathers through rippled water!

    Been buggin’ me since NCH Philly, what does BSG stand for?

    • October 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Brewers Supply Group.

    • MD
      October 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Battlestar Galactica

  2. GKHodge
    October 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Love that Augie Schells beer.

  3. October 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Awesome perspective Jake. As a pen & ink artist, athlete and homebrewer I’ve always related well to your posts and videos. I’ve felt guilty fairly often devoting hours to brewing when I could be doing something more productive, but it seems that process is somehow involved in maintaining my creative momentum. Keep up the great work!

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