Or so a recent trip to the bottle shop reminded me.
Driftwood Brewery clearly knew something I did not. But then I got to thinking; beer is filled with hops. If I drink beer, then I’m filled with hops. And if I’m filled with hops, well, I’ll walk faster, won’t I?
I remember hiking in the Jura Mountains a year or two back with my brother. After buying a bottle of dark rum in Doubs, a small village close to the Swiss border, and carrying it in my bag for several days, I eventually decided that enough was enough; for a long distance hiker, a litre of rum is what we refer to as ‘unnecessary weight’ (not exactly a tough one to get your head around).
Downing the remains of the bottle in the midday sun at the foot of a 400-metre ascent was, by all means, an awful experience, but, without any doubt, a necessary one.