I gotta say I think wine is now the drink of the past. Don’t get me wrong, I grab a wine for a meal, but I don’t often sit around drinking a bottle of grape juice just to release tension and watch TV. For that I’m heading toward a beer or a Bourbon. Now most people, women especially, are not drawn to Bourbon, but I do see them out and about enjoying a beer. I don’t know if it is beer pressure from their friends or they are trying to be cool and hip, but most of the time when I am out and the dining experience or bar is casual the ladies are having a beer. Now when the ambiance is a little higher on the hog I might see a glass of wine in the hand of a woman, but more often it will be something made with spirits as opposed to a glass of wine. If the beer list blows at a particular restaurant I might have wine with dinner, or if it is a nice work related function, but typically I’m not getting all giggly over the wine selection at a particular establishment.
The thought hit me yesterday as I was walking through a warehouse club with a huge selection of wine and no one in the aisles. Well, actually, that is not true. There was me and another gentleman and he was just looking at labels as if he had time to kill and without any real purpose. When you are the only one swimming in a sea of wine in one of the largest wine retailers in the US you know wine is just not quite what it once was. I worry beer may eventually become the same way. I can remember when being a beer nerd was not cool, in fact you were the weird guy penning notes in the corner and driving halfway across the country to find a particular beer. Today the number of breweries is increasing so fast it won’t be long until we near the 4,000 mark in the US and we were at 3,084 in July. There cannot be enough taps for all those breweries and certainly is not enough shelf space for everyone to bottle and can their wares. I know Americans are thirsty, but where will we be once there is no more fresh beer around? I wrote recently about the lack of Shelton Bros in NC, but the real reason no one cares is there is plenty of local beer to take the place of those elusive and expensive brands shipped in from overseas. I like where we are, I’m a little worried about where we are going, but one thing is for sure, if wine is your thing you are now old school! 😉