A Beer Story

by Holly on March 19, 2011

in dinner,eating out,family,Wisconsin

You may be shocked to know I used to hate beer.

Throughout my four years of college, I never drank this most delicious fermented libation.


Mixed vodka drinks in plastic water bottles? Yes.

Diet Coke & Malibu? Most certainly.

The occasional glass of wine? Obvs.

But never beer.

It probably explains why to this day, the mere whiff of vodka makes my stomach want to lurch out of my throat in an act of please-don’t-put-that-rubbing-alcohol-known-as-Fleischmann’s-in-my-liver-again defiance. Much like the time I fell into a bush walking home from the bar, and my roommate’s boyfriend had to physically peel me out after consuming one too many Diet Sprite + Fleischmann’s concoctions.

I like to think I’ve matured since then.

In reality, I think it’s only my tastebuds that have matured.

That, and I keep myself surrounded by lovely, beer-loving company.

Myself included.

I can’t pinpoint a specific moment in time when the proverbial lightbulb went off in my head that I thought, Hey, I actually like this alcoholic beverage they call beer! What I do know is that sometime between graduating college some four or so years ago and today, I have picked up quite a liking for cool, refreshing brewskys.

I admit, double fisting beers is not a rare occurrence in my life.

Pilsners, lagers and other lighter, non-hoppy varieties are my beer forte, but I am not opposed to a dark oatmeal or coffee stout as well as a Bud Light (or *cough* PBR *cough*) if need be. I am a klassy lady after all.

However, unlike the crazy collegiate of my youth, I now stop at a couple drinks.

Although, you kind of have to when out to dinner with your dad and sister.

But in all honesty, I’ve come to enjoy the heightened palate-pleasing flavor that can come with pairing the perfect craft beer with the perfect meal, Lenten Friday fish frys included. I thought seriously about giving beer + alcoholic beverages up for Lent but decided against it for this very meal-enhancing reason.

That, and the fact I’m visiting Madeline next week and running a half-marathon, of which beer will desperately be needed to aid in my muscle recovery.

You may be shocked to know that, despite the fact I drank four out of the six days this week, I am not a lush either.

I swear I haven’t fallen in a bush since college.

Well…not drunkenly at least.


Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks March 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

So glad you are a beer girl — me too! I’m not particularly choosy either, always klassy though ;-)

Erica March 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

:) Beer is tasty. I actually have pretty much always ONLY had beer (alcohol wise). I tried to like shots, mixed drinks & wine….but I always went back to beer. This made drinking in college much easier ;). Of course now beer is not on the plan (babies + beer don’t mix), but I will be excited to have a good larger after the birth of the peanut. I can’t believe you half is next weekend! I feel like that came so quick

rebecca lustig March 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’m trying to become a wine connoisseur (my dad is SO into his wines) but I’ve found that I also enjoy the different flavors of beer (now that I know there exists a world outside of Natty Ice and Light, haha) I find myself craving an ice cold beer, especially on the warmer days or after a hot run (probably not the best refuel method.. but it is a form of a carb, no?) ha

Emily March 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I am SUCH a beer girl. I want you to come to Chicags so we can do a chi town brew tour with lolo. PS. I wore my Wisconsin sweat shirt today with stunna shades, ballerina bun, TOMS and yoga leggings…that’s in right now, right? thought so.

Emily March 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

PS. love the recipes grid down there!

sofia March 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

love this story. i am a beer-hater to the max, but had a sip of delirium tremens last night that i actually enjoyed. i also imbibed some dos equis lager last week – that was good, too. and me and cider are friends, but that doesn’t count. slowly i am coming over to the dark side, but maturity in my ability to limit quantity… that might take some time ;)

love the pic of you with the beer. or i just love the hair. thank you for pulling through with the curly hair photo-love. it means a lot. for reals.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

“You may be shocked to know I used to hate beer.” —

Yes, I AM!!!

I HATE BEER!!! As in, I despise it and even in college, would prefer to be stone cold sober in a room full of drunks at a kegger frat party. I hate beer that much…to be sober around frat boys. lol

Evan Thomas March 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I think we have yet to see a picture of you with beer and not double fisting. And that is why we love you.

Kaleigh March 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I know exactly what you mean! I used to hate the stuff, but now I’m a huge fan. I taste the differences in brews and appreciate the different flavors. And you just can’t beat the fish n’ chips and beer combo!

Lauren March 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I still can’t get into beer. I wish I could because it would make for a lot cheaper bar bill.

Curtis March 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Good stuff!

If you’re ever traveling through Missouri or Kansas ask for a Boulevard Wheat w/ lemon…it rivals a Crop Circle from the Dane..delicious

Pure2Raw Twins March 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm

It took us awhile to like beer, than we realized we are allergic to gluten so not many gluten free beers out there, so are wine lovers, though the GF beers are not too bad ;)

megan @ the oatmeal diaries March 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I am actually becoming a HUGE fan of beer as well! And yes, I hear it is the only remedy for marathon muscle recovery :)

julie March 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm

gahh lately beer has been SO refreshing! my mom has been all about the black and tans which are a wee bit too dark for my flav but i’ve been lurving a nice refreshing light beer mmmm delicious

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 20, 2011 at 5:48 am

I never used to like beer either. I never really knew what the fuss was about. And then I tried a pumpkin ale. And then a local brew. And then I realized how delicious beer could be when paired with the right food. :D

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes March 20, 2011 at 5:59 am

A post like this makes 5 beer career beer guzzling Uncles very pround of Holly-Lolly-PooPoo.

Liz March 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

I love good beer! I didn’t used to back in college either, it wasn’t until I graduated that I had time to start exploring different types and brews. Your nails are looking great by the way! Sorry if that’s creepy, but I remember you had quit biting them a while ago. :)

Christine March 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

Cute post and nice blog!

kathleen March 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

I didn’t start liking beer until after grad school when I moved to boston. I grew up in south florida where there isn’t really a beer culture or wasn’t when I was growing up. It was a lot of bud light, etc. Which is fine but I mean boston was a whole different story oatmeal stouts, lambic framboise, etc. Yummy.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

Carbo loading. And I get to drink beer with you SO SOON!

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

Beer is my JAM. Seriously, wine just pales next to it. Beer for lifeeee.

jenna March 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

You were in Wausau! That’s where I live. What brought you here?
If that was the great dane in Wausau, I sat at that same table last week! Haha. Did you check out Red Eye brewery here? They have wonderful beer, too! :)

sarah (sarah learns) March 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

i would recognize that dane menu anywhere! :) i didn’t like beer in college either – i only drank it when necessary (like for playing flip cup or beer pong…) and now i can’t get enough!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I’ve fallen in bushes – and I can remember a night where I “rolled down a hill” (aka: i fell and the gravitational pull just happened to help me keep rolling). You crack me up.

Lauren http://theclimbingchef.blogspot.com/ March 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Try New Belgium’s Triple… if you can find it. This is one of my most favorite beers, which is basically blasphemy because I’m from Chico, home of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. If you have not tried Sierra Nevada, try some just for me :)

Jen March 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I am just like you- I HATED beer throughout most of college. I only drank voda tonics, because I thought beer would make me fat (whatever). It wasn’t until I studied abroad in Italy and traveled around Europe that I fell in love with beer. Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat has to be one of my favorites (hooray for midwestern beer!). I live in Australia for the time being, and beer just isn’t the same here. And no worries- you are not the only person who has fallen into a bush in your college days :)

Marika March 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

Ow, that falling-in-a-bush story totally makes me cringe! I’m sure when it happened you were feeling no pain, but I hate to think how it must have felt the next day.
I know plenty of people who went through don’t-like-beer phases when they were younger, but now they too have seen the light :-).

Kacy March 21, 2011 at 8:58 am

I’ve been on the beer train ever since that first dangerous sip of Natty light at a frat party. Fortunately, I learned that frat parties were lame and traded up the natty for local brews and beers of many varieties. Beer rules!

Flo (Coconut Chronicles) March 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I’m totally with you! I do still drink vodka/malibu diet cokes when I’m out at bars/clubs with friends, but there is nothing better than a good quality beer to compliment a delicious meal! Mm.. I want a beer now!
I’m Flo, by the way! Loving your blog :-D

Emily March 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I want that “Inner Warmth Peanut Stew” I spied on the menu up there. Also, this is a disgusting fact about moi: I eat the shells of roasted peanuts. Not separately, just pop the whole thing in my mouth. I know, right? I never knew this was weird until I met my husband. I wonder why he’s still married to me sometimes. :)

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] March 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm

It’s funny – I drink much more beer here than I do wine! We have a brewery in my town that has amazing beer :) Love your blog!

Adam March 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Can’t wait to hear about your half-marathon and all of the delicious beer you will surely drink afterward! Again, you never fail to make me crave a drink, even though I don’t think I could recall what one tastes like… This will change! I just need an enabler and a dark beer, I think?

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