Unexpected pleasantries and low-footprint beer

Ang and I decided to duck out for dinner at a local restaurant in Newtown tonight. While we were waiting to order, the two people we were sitting next too offered us a beer. I was a bit taken aback, and asked why and they said “we just want to chat”.

The couple were from Kansas, Missouri, USA. The gent was a military pilot who is training to fly B2 bombers. The lass was a journo working for a magazine covering social trends, particularly in rural areas.

We had a lovely conversation that ranged from touristy things to politics to the environment (of course) and many stops in between. It was a lovely, unexpected, evening.

And we had one of those moments where you realise that tourists sometimes get to know your local area better than you do. The beer they offered was a James Squire Pilsner. It was a nice drop, and we asked why they chose it: “it’s a local beer apparently”. Then we realised it was brewed in Camperdown – just down the road from where we live.

Neither Ang nor I are beer drinkers, but we’ve taken a shine to Amstel. This presents an ethical dilemma. Amstel is an imported beer, and we were concerned about the eco-footprint of the product. Yes, we’re that eco-geeky.

Given we’re so far enjoying the James Squire – and you can’t get a much smaller footprint than “imported from just down the road” – we might have just found our new beer.

So thanks to two yanks who are in Newtown for one night we’ve been introduced to our new favourite beer from just down the road…

Tonight has been full of unexpected moments – I mean how often does that sort of thing happen? Makes you realise it’s fun to be alive. Thanks to J and B, our friends for this evening. Hope you have a great time on the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Did you suspect at first you were going to get the multi-level marketing spiel?

    Isn’t it sad that we are all so wary of conversations with those around us. Of course when you are travelling, you have random conversations with people all the time, but when we get back home it is so often a case of ‘don’t make eye contact’ and ‘just keep moving’

    Glad you had a great night.

  • Haha – never thought of that. They were planted there by the beer company to get me to try their product. What a great conspiracy theory 😉

    It is a sad thing to be so wary. It seems that every time I drop my guard and have a random convo, it bites me. I suppose that’s why last night was so enjoyable. It was an authentic moment of connection with someone from across the globe. And I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be chatting to a US Air Force bomber pilot about the middle-east conflict – brief as the conversation was…

  • Home brew… It’s the ultimate high-alcohol and low-footprint beer. You re-cycle bottles, don’t need cartons and zero travel (except to the fridge). 🙂

    I’ve got the gear, now I just need the time to make it 🙁

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