I hear it a lot from people who don't know me that well, who follow me, periodically, on Twitter, who see a photo of a glass or bottle, almost daily, on Facebook.
"You drink a lot," they say.
For the record, I don't drink a lot: I drink often, and there's a big difference.
Those daily Untappd
posts? That is the one beer I drank. Sometimes, I might have two;
rarely, three, unless I'm drinking a sampler, four to six four-ounce
glasses. I rarely, if ever, have drained every one of those glasses.
Almost every time I order a sampler, there will be at least one glass
that has only had one or two sips; other glasses will be left half-full.
I don't drink a lot: I drink often.
I can stop anytime I want. I know, a lot
of people with drinking problems say that, and I don't wish to make
light of those who really do struggle with alcoholism and are courageous
in their fight to break free from the temptation to put the bottle to
Because I am fortunate to not have an
addiction, I can say, with confidence, that I can stop drinking when I
want to. And, for the remainder of this month, and into the beginning of
October, I'm going to do just that. I shall not drink any beer, any
wine, any whisky, any alcoholic beverage, between September 8 and
And the reason why I'm on hiatus from my cherished bevvies is not what you think: I'm back on my bike, training for a 100-kilometre ride from Ottawa to Vankleek Hill, for Beau's Oktoberfest,
on Saturday, October 3. Because I haven't ridden my bike very much
since the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, from Perth to Kingston, in June, I
have gained some extra flab around the waist.
It doesn't take a lot of beer and little exercise to do that.
When I ride my bike, it doesn't take
long to lose the spare tire, but because I don't have a lot of time to
train, I don't want to fight the fat with beer. And so, until I get to
Vankleek Hill, I'm not putting unnecessary calories into my body.
I'm going to try to watch what I eat, but I have a greater weakness for food than I do for alcohol.
While I was on vacation, I travelled to
several Ontario craft breweries and I tried many local ales from the
Bruce Peninsula, Muskoka region, and Guelph, and I made some notes for
reviews. So, while I may not be drinking through September, my Beer O'Clock reviews will continue each Thursday.
I'm on a hiatus: my beer blog isn't.