Make A Friend Day – February 11th
It’s always a great day to make a new friend. So it seems very fitting that there would be a “Make A Friend Day” on the calendar to complement so many other special appreciation sort-of-days. Personally, I have found there is no better way to make a new friend than with a nice, cold, delicious, locally brewed and bottled beer.
In my experience, any time I am giving out beer samples, people are usually up for at least a brief conversation, if not a much longer conversation that delves into the very meaning of life. It’s really a trust building exercise. They rely on my knowledge to let them try the beer I have, and to also guide them in recommending a beer to please themselves, a significant other, or a group of people for whom they are buying.
Beer permits a certain commonality between all types of people. You really get a feel for someone when you know what their beer-of-choice is and why they drink it. Craft beer or domestic? Full-flavor or light? Porter/stout, IPA, hefeweizen (wheat), or fruity-flavor beer? Do you like a shot and a beer? Those people aren’t messing around and are probably the toughest people you will come across.
Whether it is “Free Beer Friday,” “Turn Up Tuesday” (as the young-uns call it), “Thirsty Thursday,” or any other day of the week, a new friend in need, needs a beer, indeed. So go ahead and invite the neighborhood over, crack open a cold Iron City, IC Light, Blockhouse, or American. Or buy a stranger a beer at the bar, pay-it-forward, and make yourself a new friend. I’ll drink to that.