To find out if beer can really be romantic, I decided to talk to some craft beer-loving women to see if they forgo their favorite beverage for wine and chocolates on Valentine's Day. Or, would they be happy with beer or beer-related gifts on the special day?
A bottle of a beautifully brewed Belgian ale is a perfectly romantic beverage to share with a loved one on Valentine’s Day. At least, that's what I think. But I'm a guy, and I have the romantic brain of a chipmunk.
So, to find out if beer can really be romantic, I decided to talk to some craft beer-loving women to see if they forgo their favorite beverage for wine and chocolates on Valentine's Day. Or, would they be happy with beer or beer-related gifts on the special day?
"Everything about beer is romantic," said Julie Hershkowitz, of Boston, a member of the Massachusetts Girls Pint Out, a group of women who share an interest in craft beer. "The brewers put a lot of time and love into making their product for other people to enjoy. Cheesy, yes, but if a man bore his sweat and tears into a beer for me and then named it after me ... well, I'd be his forever."
Andrea DeJordy, a craft-beer lover from Framingham, Mass., agreed.
"I definitely think beer can be romantic, especially if it has some sort of significance to the couple, like if it was the beer they toasted with at their wedding or engagement," said DeJordy. "Also, I'd find it pretty romantic if my partner went out of his way to find some special edition beer I was dying to try and surprised me with it."
Liz Melby, a spokeswoman for Harpoon Brewery in Boston, said they often hear stories from people involving beer.
"We have had many couples write into the brewery to share stories about how they met over a Harpoon beer –– either at one of our festivals or out at a bar or party," said Melby. "We often get photos from weddings with everyone at the reception toasting the couple with Harpoon, all because of their shared love of beer."
Sometimes, the perception of beer is a belching man drinking beer after beer from a 30-pack. But Kate Baker, "Hoperations" manager of the Craft Beer Cellar, a craft beer store in Belmont, Mass., said there are many beers perfect to share on Valentine's Day, or pretty much any other day.
She said beers like chocolate stouts or Belgian lambics or krieks, which are made with fruit, can be a perfect beer for the holiday.
"You can buy a 22-ounce bottle and share it with your significant person," said Baker. "They are fun things to pour into a glass and set those perfect moments. There are some vibrant colors, such as the Boon Framboise.
"Get a shareable beer. It's a nice way to experience it."
Suzanne Schalow, director of human things at the Craft Beer Cellar, said beer just makes sense on Valentine's Day because the day is such a food-centric event.
"Beer goes as well or better with food than wine ever could," she said.
Some beers she recommends include Great Divide's Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout and Southern Tier's Choklat for dessert. Pretty Things Jack D'Or would be great for appetizers.
Both DeJordy and Hershkowtiz recommend a fruity lambic as a great Valentine's beer.
"I think a nice lambic served in a champagne glass might be considered romantic," said DeJordy. "I know it was a bit polarizing with some of the craft beer fans out there, but (Samuel Adams) Infinium could definitely hold its own as a romantic beer in the same vein as champagne or sparkling wines."
Hershkowitz said, "Lindeman's Framboise ...(is) also my favorite beer. You can drink it in a flute. It's red and smooth."
Although she has never received a beer-related gift, Melby said she hopes that changes.
"I am crossing my fingers for something this year. I sure hope my husband is reading this," Melby said.
Katie Powell, a spokeswoman for the Boston Beer Company, which makes Samuel Adams beers, is giving a beer-related gift this year.
"I've never been surprised with a beer-related gift for Valentine's Day, but I'm planning on surprising someone with a 'Hoppy Valentine's Day' basket this year," she said. The pack includes a bunch of Samuel Adams-related gifts.
But the best beer gift may be a trip.
"I think it can be very romantic to explore new places with your significant other," said Melby. "It's a lot of fun to pick a weekend destination based on a brewery you've wanted to visit. Many local breweries are located in beautiful New England towns, and a whole romantic getaway can be planned around a single brewery visit."
But, the most romantic part is to "drink (the beer) with someone or (the) ones you love," said Hershkowitz.
Norman Miller is a Daily News staff writer in Massachusetts. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-626-3823. Check out The Beer Nut blog at http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/beernut/ or follow the Beer Nut at his Twitter page at www.twitter.com/realbeernut.