there is a saying that goes something like this: It takes a helluva lot of beer to make one bottle of wine.
The intimation is that there is more utility in the beer, than the wine. Fair comment, I know I function better on a 75cl bottle of beer, than a 75cl bottle of wine. Having worked in the wonderful yet very different world of wine, I know that there is amongst the wine makers rather than the retailers and others, still a great volume of beer consumed. I love making wine, as much beer… but the beer is a far more complex production, where if you mess up a wine… that’s that years crop gone.
I know when the days flowed into evenings, the summers that I dipped into France, working in the wineries, beer was certainly, amongst my cohort, a far more widely consumed drink. Ok, it was the dreaded ‘Bourg, pun intended.
Today, I was talking to a colleague who wears many different hats in the beer world, and we both remarked at that phrase. Surely, it must take a good amount of beer to make an even greater beer. Sure as shit, I partake in great volumes of “research”. I learnt more drinking the stuff in location, than reading it.
But, I wonder if I was to start drinking plonk, would my brewing get better?