Better beer and resolutions in the new year

Depending on where on this crazy blue marble you live, we’re all about three days into the new year by now.  That means the shiny of it is starting to wear off, that distinctive New Year smell isn’t so apparent anymore, and the irritation of having to remember to write "2013" instead of "2012" when you sign them is mounting.

Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster nobody has to write checks anymore.  That was always the worst thing after New Year’s Day.  Well, other than the hangover.

With any new year, of course, comes a heap of hastily considered resolutions that often get kicked to the curbed faster than a shirtless, shoeless fellow at le fancy French restaurant.

Truth be told, I used to be vehemently anti-resolution.  Because, by golly, I could improve myself any old time I wanted.  I wasn’t about to let society guilt me into arbitrarily picking something to fix just because the number changed on a calendar.  But as I’ve gotten older, and hopefully a good deal less self-righteously stupid, I realized that there were plenty enough things about me that could use a little fixing that I might as well pick a thing or two every New Year and give it a go, so long as I wasn’t afraid to resolve to make changes on some other random day of the year as well.  In other words, nowadays I’m happy to play along with the Resolutions game both on New Years as well as, I don’t know, August 17.

So what are my resolutions for 2013?  In the realm of craft beer, they’re all about glassware.

Proper glassware, of course, has been a key topic in the discussion of enjoying craft beer for some time now.  It’s gotten plenty of attention from other reputable (read: less rambling) writers than myself.  My resolution, though, isn’t about proper glassware, but rather a better choice of it.

See, being a real ‘Merican!, I like Big! Things!  And that holds true when it comes to the glasses for drinking some of my favorite beers.  Big like these:

That there is a 22-oz beer glass. I use them frequently because not only do they flare at the top – better for aroma, my pretty – but, well, they’re just about the perfect size for when I crack open a bottle like this:

Not always a Bastard, necessarily – although, as you’ve undoubtedly figured out by now, I do drink plenty of that – but, specifically the 22-oz. bomber o’ beer.  The thing is, though, I really don’t need to be drinking 22 oz. of beer at a time.  Kind of the same way no one really needs to eat at the Chinese Buffet, and doing so will inevitably lead to shame, self-loathing, and a dependence on Pepto-Bismol. 

Luckily, though, I just happened to receive a box of brand new glassware for Christmas.  To be more specific, 17-oz. pilsners.  If you ask me, a 16- or 17-oz. glass is just about perfect for filling with 12-oz. of beer and leaving a bit of space for a proper inch or two of frothy head.  So for 2013, I’m going to be drinking from these somewhat more reserved, smaller glasses. See?

And that means no more 22-oz. bombers for me, at least not on a regular basis.  Bottles of that size are intended to be shared, anyway, so unless I plan on having a few craft beer friends over, I’m going to leave them right where they are on the shelf.

I fully expect my liver, my midsection, and my head to thank me come Jan 1, 2014.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one making beer-related resolutions for the new year, though.  So, what about you?  Have you made any resolutions you’re excited about?  What you guys are thinking about when it comes to better beer in the new year?