My reasons for the temporary cessation of my hop-releated activities are manifold, not the least of which are the following sample exchanges from recent years...
Me: I feel fat.**
Herself: It's all that beer.
Me: My stomach's not well.
Herself: It must be the beer.
Me: My teeth are full of holes.
Herself: That'll be the beer.
Me: I've got a nasty rash on my...
Herself: Did you ever think about drinking less beer? ***
Secondly, I'm curious myself what a month without the amber nectar would do for my ever expanding waistline. I suspect I'll drink less as a whole, which can only be a good thing (?!??). And, if it turns out to be easily do-able and has some positive health aspects, I would consider doing it a couple of times a year.
Right now, some readers are thinking "He's only giving up beer? Not all booze? WTF?" Yeah, I know a lot of people give up the sauce for a month (or more) at a time and fair focks to them, but that's not something I'm keen on at the moment. I did three days dry last week while suffering with a nasty flu and it nearly broke me.
What will I replace the beer with? I'm not sure yet. More wine probably, maybe some cider and maybe an increase in "Ton" **** consumption; we shall see. I do like alcoholic Ginger Beer (like Crabbie's) and I think this might be acceptable as it isn't beer per se, I think.
On a more on-topic note, I got some more of the Gerard Bertrand Domaine de Villemajou Corbieres 2008 in O'Brien's earlier. It's still on at €14-99 and I urge you to try it, especially at this bargain price. I have been decanting it since 4pm so I expect it will be rather nice, later on.
* A couple of other things spring to mind, but this is a family blog.
** She has a point here.
*** Three of these four examples are real.
**** My Gin and Tonic - Pour 2 American shots of Bombay Sapphire into a tumbler containing 3 cubes of ice and a partially squeezed quarter of one lime. Top up with 150ml (one small can) of Schweppes tonic. Enjoy with some Meanies (yes, really).