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I hope, and expect, with every beer I drink, that it’ll bethe best beer I’ve ever tasted.

Every new bottle cap flicked off, every new pint poured, everynew ring pull crunched through with the thumb, there’s a deep-down desire thatI’ll have never tasted anything as good as this, whatever it is, wherever Idrink it.

The thrill of the chase, the hope and the expectation, iswhat I love about beer. And food. And books and films and places. I want to beamazed, to be filled with wonder and excitement and joy over things. It keepsme interested, it keeps me moving forward and stops me getting stuck orcomplacent or, even worse, bored. What if it’s the best thing ever? What if Ihave an unforgettable experience?

I don’t care that almost no beer hits the high hopes that Ihave. It doesn’t matter because there’s always something else, an old favouriteor something new in the fridge. And there’s always something to love in a beer.A story, an ingredient, the way it looks or the story I attach as I drink it –where I am, who I’m with, what we’re doing. And then there’s the next beer.

The next beer. What will it be? Where will it be? How willit taste? It’s the thought of that one perfect moment and a perfect pint. Oreven the imperfect moment with the unexpected pint. It’s the moment you liftthe glass to your lips and you stop and say wow. When a gulp has you excited,surprised, amazed; makes you want to never drink anything else ever again,makes you want to tell anyone and everyone who’ll listen; makes you see thatsometimes beer is more than just liquid in a glass and reminds you why youspend so much time and money chasing it, thinking about it, drinking it.

I always have hope. It’s the continual search for thebest beer I’ve ever tasted. And I hope I never find it because I love theexpectation. I love the thrill of the chase.

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