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The Session #74: Pray for me

The SessionThe topic for the 74th gathering of The Session is “Finding Beer Balance.” Visit This Is Why I’m Drunk to see what everybody else is writing. It will be more interesting than the sad story that follows.

A.J. Liebling — a journalist who ate and drank to excess, and who described himself as bald, overweight, and gluttonous — once wrote: “The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite. Without this, it is impossible to accumulate, within the allotted span, enough experience of eating to have anything worth setting down. Each day bring only two opportunities for field work, and they are not to be wasted minimizing the intake of cholesterol. They are indispensable, like a prizefighter’s hours on the road…. A good appetite gives an eater room to turn around.”

Liebling wrote very well about food. He was not an advocate of balance.

I write about beer. I’m pretty much bald and I can be gluttonous. Food, drink, zydeco, smoked meat, the theater, the theatre, high school basketball (in a previous life), things worth doing seem worth doing to excess.

I’m not sure this is going to end well.


6 Responses to The Session #74: Pray for me

  1. Bryan April 5, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Thanks for sharing this! A wonderful quote to include from Liebling and also from yourself : “things worth doing seem worth doing to excess.”

    Cheers to all of us, for good health or, at least, good memories.

  2. Alan April 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    Nay! I never saw a man draw as much eloquent pleasure from a small glass of beer as you, Stan. A lesson, surely, to us all.

  3. beerbecue April 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Yes! Finally, someone not espousing the nobility of moderation. Thank you.

  4. Gary Gillman April 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    And pray what is ending well, Stan? 🙂


    • Stan Hieronymus April 6, 2013 at 5:10 am #

      Gary, that’s a philosophical question I might not be ready to confront ;>) [should that be a smile or something more contemplative?]


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    […] To some, that meant finding balance in the styles of beer we drink. Others, it meant pursuing an active lifestyle or hobbies. There were also a few who prefer to throw their cares to the wind – do what you love! “…things worth doing seem worth doing to excess,” wrote Stan at the Appellation Beer blog. […]

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