Salutaria: To beginnings!

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” ~Oscar Wilde

Perhaps it’s because I just finished re-reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, but celebrating art in all its forms has recently dominated my thoughts. I fear that the effect that art has on a person’s senses as a means to awaken the soul doesn’t get the credit it deserves. We rush through life, hopping from one moment to the next, via tweets and texts, Google calendar alerts and alarms, and Facebook and Instagram posts. Instead we should leisurely peel life’s layers back, peer in and savor them.  I’m not saying anything revolutionary. Basically, let’s enjoy stuff while we’re here!

In Barbery’s novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, she refers to this way living as finding, “the odd moment of beauty, where time is no longer the same… [searching for the] always within [the] never.”

Beer Post 1.jpgThrough this blog, I mean to do that, by pairing pop culture and other of life’s events with life’s little luxuries, such as beer. For instance, if you’re going to listen to album (X), it should be paired with beer (Y) to best enjoy the experience. Think of me as a Cicerone for life’s little moments. After all, items should be taken in twos: peanut butter and jelly, dinner and a movie, the beach and a sunset, the animals on Noah’s ark, an audience and an artist (Even if it is an audience of one!). Perhaps the most important pairings are food and/or beverage with an experience. We often use meals and beverages as a way to celebrate major events: a promotion, a birthday, an anniversary, hump day (Hey, sometimes making it through half of the week is an accomplishment worth celebrating!).

In the spirit of this blog, and to celebrate this moment, which is very small for all of you, but gut-wrenching and soul-bearing for me, I’ve paired my first entry with Eliza5beth by Prairie Artisan Ale Company. Most people toast with champagne, so for the first pairing, I’ve chosen a beer that shares many components with champagne. This farmhouse-style ale smells of apricots, honey, and Belgian yeast. The beer is surprisingly effervescent, with hints of grass and a mellow tartness to compliment the Belgian yeast, apricot, and honey flavors that come through as clearly in taste as they do in smell. It finishes very dry, like a Brut champagne. While not quite champagne, it is beer worth popping for a special occasion, especially on a sweltering summer day.

In short, I hope to help you celebrate some of the smaller events in life, and look at them as art instead of a means to pass the time, and maybe, along the way, introduce you to a new beverage or two. Because, let’s face it. Beer is good, and we all enjoy having a good time.

As we celebrate America’s 240th birthday, I celebrate my first entry out int0 the cyber cosmos.

Cheers. Prosit. Salud.