Rant

So, the last rant was about coffee. Now it's time to talk a little about that other drink... Yes, beer.
If you are offended by the word fuck then leave now.

You have been warned.

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During the past few days I was unfortunately subjected to an unspeakable and horrid - almost traumatic - experience: I had to drink cheap, light beer, repeatedly.

No... Sorry, not beer. Beer is good. This was something else. This was Bud Light, this was Miller Light, this was Coors Light, this was Busch Light... This was... This was... Yuengling!

FOR FUCK'S SAKE! REALLY? YOU CALL THAT BEER? YOU FUCKING DRINK THAT? MAN... I DON'T HAVE WORDS...

I love beer. Moreover, I love a good, quality American-brewed beer. There is a long tradition of making great beer in this country... So, then, why? What happened? How come so many of the national beers are simply crap? Piss? Dirty water?
Where is the flavor? The body and color? Where are all the amazing things that is beer?

Oh yes... The MOAR mentality: More, bigger, cheaper...

FOR FUCK'S SAKE!

I'm sure I will take a lot of heat from some hardcore fucking cheap piss drinkers, especially from the GRT community, but fuck! This needs to be said: That thing you are drinking is NOT beer.

Beer needs to be strong, with color and body, with a good smell and proper aftertaste. From the pale ales, into the lagers and all the way to the porters and stouts. Even the super hipster beers like those tripple IPAs that people like now, even those are years better than those cheap pieces of shit you drink.
There are lots of fantastic breweries in this country. They still brew traditional STRONG beers. None of that light crap. Beer has calories, deal with it. If you think you need less calories, well, stop eating the fucking burgers and deep fried chicken and start exercising more. Then enjoy a good beer with a good piece of meat. Beer is best when it's thick and dark, it has flavor and it feels good. Even in summers, when you go light (in color, not in flavor or calories) beers must, yes MUST, feel strong and full of body.

Give it a try. Instead of spending $5 in a six-pack of shit, spend once $12 in a good six-pack. You will see the difference. Oh, is it more expensive? Yes it is! You are paying for good craftmanship, for good water and good grains. You are paying for people caring about the beer they make. You are paying for a bottle, made out of glass, not cheap aluminum. BEER TASTES BETTER IN A GLASS OR OUT OF A GLASS BOTTLE. Try it.

Now, please do yourself a favor and leave all those cheap, piss-tasting cans aside and begin to enjoy life with a good beer.

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Question from a reader: quality

RW Asked:

Why is all the gear and clothes you recommend so expensive?

Answer:

Well, RW, first of all I believe in quality. Good craftsmanship and quality materials are expensive. However, with proper care these items will last you a lifetime.

I make it an effort to buy American-made when possible. Sure, you pay a premium, but you get two things: you get quality and you help people get jobs in this country. The US has amazing workers and the raw materials produced in the country are superior to any cheap Chinese-made knock-offs.

Here are some of examples of gear and clothing made in the USA. Yes, they are expensive, but you get what you pay for.

Rucks (Backpacks) by GORUCK

Hats, GORUCK and Viper Headwear

Fleece and softshell jackets by TAD

Shorts by Olivers Apparel

Boots by Red Wing

Field gear by Crye Precision

Of course sometimes I can't find something that either fits me right or it's made in the USA. So, in those cases I try to find quality-made items in their countries of origin, made there by their workers. Like watches, best made watches are made in Switzerland, so I got mine from there.

Here are some examples. These are not made in China.

Watch by Tudor (a smaller company owned by Rolex)

A Merkur Razor made in Germany

The best hydration bladder in the market, by Source, made in Israel.

Alpine climbing boots by La Sportiva, still made in Italy

Hiking boots by Asolo, I bought the ones that were still made in Italy.

These are just a few examples. I make it a point to research the best options out there and I try to buy the best I can afford. It is important to mention that you have to take care of your gear. Keep it in good shape and these items will last you a lifetime, or better, they might save your life in the field.