As I found out on a car camping trip through the Utah desert last summer, my father in law and I are equally obsessive. One of the main differences in our obsessions, though, is the time of day when they start. Mine begins the second I wake up and tails off in late afternoon. His fires up about the time mine diminishes and ceases when he falls asleep.
I’m coffee, he’s beer. Equal and opposite. Dark and light. Hot and cold. Two beverages that must take their place among mankind’s greatest accomplishments, a mark of inspiration in the way we teased energy and new perspectives from nature’s gifts. And two beverages that are as entwined in the outdoor experience as sweat and stoke and joyful suffering. It might be that the passion and motivation that drive you to, say, climb a mountain, are the same character traits that lead us to gleefully embrace coffee and beer, or it might be that we need the bump of caffeine to get us going up the hill and the salve of alcohol to ease the aches when we get down, or it might be that we’re simply obsessive and beer, coffee, and the outdoors are where our tiddlywinks landed.
Now, as to our query today, it is deliberately broad, but underlying “Coffee or Beer?” are such specifics are superiority, taste, effect on the body, integration with the outdoor experience, and, ultimately, the inability to go without. Indeed, the question at the heart of the matter, I think, is if you had to pick one and only one to drink for the rest of your life, which would it be?
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Congrats to Neil Miner of Salt Lake City, who likes both coffee and beer, for winning the Serpicos!