When I started beer therapy, I planned on trying a new craft beer everyday for 30 days. I was having so much fun that I decided to extend it to 60 days. During that 60 day period I tried 113 different craft beers. I found out what I love. And I found out what I hate. But, I learned a lot and I had fun. I found that most of the beers help the symptoms of my stomach illness, and a few did not.
There were a handful of beers I absolutely hated. A few for some reason made me extremely nauseated. But, I decided early on that I would keep this blog focused on the positive side of things. I feel it would not benefit anyone for me to say what companies beers I didn't like, but to spotlight the beers that I did. The first month was filled with gold star beers. The store I get my craft beers at have a great selection of singles to chose from. And they have tags from "Rate Beer" that say their score as a top beer. Because I was a novice coming into this journey I used these score labels as a road map for trying the top beers. There were 5 long rows on the aisle of singles from top to bottom. I started on the top row and only picked beers from the tags with a score of 98 and higher. Once I finished the bottom row, I started just picking beers with an open mind. I was surprised at a few of the top rated beers. There were a few that I did not like. But I found that I don't like beer with the spice coriander (I think it taste like hot dog water.)
I feel the initial research has concluded. My beer therapy will continue on. Now I'm going to enjoy my favorites, and continue to try new ones too. I hope everyone is enjoying the beer favorite videos that I've been posting. I will continue posting new videos each week, and I have some funny ones in mind too. And by the way, I've lost 20 Lbs since the start of June. I guess beer does the body good!
yours in beer,
Well, It's 55 days in and I've tried 104 unique beers so far. Very soon I will be posting my "favorites" from the first 100 beer videos. One peculiar result of beer therapy that I did not expect is I have lost 15 pounds since the start. I am still amazed how each beer, even after 104 all taste completely different. They are all their own true experience. It is still seeming to help ease my gastroparesis. One side note I would like to point out, for those that don't know much about me. If you watch the videos and think I am high or stoned, I am not. I am legally blind and I just look squinty. Watch my comedy, I do like 5 minutes of material on it.
Well, It's 26 days in. I've tasted and tried 63 different craft beers so far. I average about 2.5 a night. Sometimes it spread out over a period of 5 or 6 hours, and sometimes its back to back. I feel that I am learning a lot about beer. I'm not a expert, and I don't want to be. But, I do like being knowledgeable about the things I enjoy. I am quickly learning what my palette enjoys, and what it doesn't. What I find fascinating, is that each individual craft beer I try is its own creature. The way it tastes. The way it feels. The after taste. It's all a mystery in a bottle waiting to be unlocked and experienced.
Now you may ask, What about your stomach disease??? How is that doing?
I would say pretty good. Day 22 I had a rough night because I ate something I shouldn't have and suffered for it. You maybe wondering what I ate that made me deathly sick for a few hours one night? Mayonnaise! Freakin' Mayonnaise! I had too much on a sandwich I ordered and Voila! Suffering.
Ill give you a little more insight into gastroparesis. Basically, the nerves in my stomach are damaged so my stomach has a hard time emptying. Certain things I eat empty just fine. (bread, cheese, chicken, rice, liquids) But I cant eat fried foods, red meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and stuff high in fat or fiber. So, if I eat broccoli, it would sit in my stomach and not empty. It would get rancid and make me sick, as if I had food poisoning or the stomach flu. Same thing would happen if I ate tater tots or a piece of cake.
Long story short, I wish I would have ordered mustard.
Anyway, back to the beer therapy update. I don't believe that beer will fix my stomach woes, but as you can see from the limited things I can eat, its nice to look forward to consuming something tasty for once. I actually find myself looking forward to it each day. It doesn't fix my condition, but. it doesn't make it worse. I have also noticed it has helped me with my anxiety too.
I've had some amazing beers and some bad ones too. I've had beers that tasted like the nectar of the gods, and ones that have tasted like hot dog water, burnt matches, band aids and a wet dog. Those four I did not finish.
I'm making my favorites list and cant wait to reveal them.
A few weeks ago, I decided to try a few craft beers. I went to the liquor store and got a few to taste and drink.
After a few nights of testing beers, I noticed something strange.
I'm not sick or nauseated. Let me explain.
Two and a half years ago I was diagnosed with a stomach disease called Gastroparesis. (I'll spare you the medical mumbo jumbo, and let you look it up on Google)
It is a chronic illness that has no real cure and I will have to live with the rest of my life.
It causes me to be sick and nauseated 24/7 and can also make me feel like I have food poisoning or the stomach flu.
For some reason when I started drinking the craft beers on a nightly basis, the nausea disappeared and I haven't been sick. I don't know why, and I'm not complaining.
So I went and got more craft beers and have been drinking a couple every night.
I refer to it as my "Beer Therapy"
Not only is it fun and exciting to try/test/taste new beers, but, I get to feel good too.
I have been taking written and video notes this whole journey. And at the end of the first month I will post some videos of my favorite beers.
But, for now, I gotta go! I'm late for a therapy session!