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I think we have to talk about context. If it were possible to allow you exactly the same sip of Barnsley in a contextually anechoic surrounding, you wouldn't recognize it.

You change, the beer changes, the location changes, the time changes. Just hold your nose and all bets are off. By chance, these cycles of change, or changorhythms, if you will, happen to coincide.

It's what many artists refer to as the Magic. The Magic is when everything is just right for you and where you are, and who you are with at the time. Any striving musician will recognize those special gigs where everything comes together and gives you the euphoric behaviour reinforcement that makes you want to do it again.

It rarely happens by will. It cannot be planned. But one can make oneself available to the possibilities of the Magic.

And even a wine drinker can recognize that the more we soak in the total beer experience provided by Helen, the more we understand that this Salon is about the Magic.

We cannot share that beer, but we can, in the right circumstances, share the Magic..

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 12:08:39 PM EST
My best beers have been quaffed when I was hot, tired, and very thirsty. They included one or more Pabst Blue Ribbons, Lone Stars, and Schmidt's Tiger Head Ale.

Having had one or more too many bad beers, I now go for consistency. In my area it's Full Sail (an ESOP) Amber Ale and several offerings from the Deschutes Brewery - notably Black Butte (pronounced with a long u) Porter and their IPA.

I've had a few local beers at odd places in my travels that were worth remembering, but I didn't.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 12:19:35 PM EST
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