Taking it Easy

Actually sitting down here with a bottle of beer.  It’s not something I do very often,  sit doing nothing.  Hang on.. . I’m blogging. The beer, incidentally, is non-alcoholic. There’s quite a lot of half decent alcohol-free beer and wine around these days,  which is good for me.  I’ve never been a great drinker.  I do like the taste of wine and beer but perhaps fortunately for me,  I like it more than the alcohol in the stuff likes me. It doesn’t make me merry, it just makes me feel ill.

I’m sure I’m not the only one: I’d go so far as to say that the alcohol-free option is so good now I  can see it catching on and becoming the norm. People might turn to it from the hard stuff the way smokers have turned to vaping. An interesting future: smokeless cigarettes,  driverless cars, alcohol free booze.. ..

Anyone who knows me offline will have heard me go on about Marc Ribot. I’ve been listening to a lot of his music recently. No-one I mention his name to seems to have heard of him. He does have British fans – it just seems to be the case that I don’t know any of them.  I assume, too, that he’s better known in the States. Perhaps part of the problem is that he gets involved in such diverse projects – jazz,  post-punk,  Latin American, free improv- that you never know quite what to expect next. He’s both a professional and an enthusiast: it’s one of the things I really like about him.  Is this the same guitarist I embedded two posts back,  playing jazz at the Village Vanguard?


4 thoughts on “Taking it Easy

  1. I’ve had to pretty much give up alcohol. I wasn’t a heavy drinker either, but I do miss a decent glass of wine & – having let the real ale go long since – a bottle of Perroni. I hadn’t thought of researching the current state of ‘training beers’, but will look into it on your recommendation.

    Marc Ribot I’ve long admired. Quite surprisingly, given the relative sophistication of all areas of popular music now, there aren’t that many players who cover the waterfront. But he manages the cross-border transition effortlessly.

    1. It’s worth looking into. There are quite a lot of bottled alcohol-free beers about. Had a bottle of the oddly named “St Peter’s Without” recently which was very good, I thought. I read that techniques for removing the alcohol have become more sophisticated, like lowering pressure to boil the stuff rather than boiling at a higher temperature (a bit like trying to make tea on everest).

  2. I like beer and oddly two of my favourite beers are very low alcohol

    I’ll come back and listen to the music later


    1. Thanks for that. What I like about zero alcohol beer is you can drink more of it. You can even drink it for breakfast if you like, without feeling depraved. I could see us going back to drinking beer like we used to, hundreds of years ago, thanks to zero alcohol technology, but I think that would be a bit much for me, even with zero alcohol.

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