There is no “appropriate” beer for today.
In fact, you don’t have to shoehorn beer into every occasion and you don’t need to make beer relevant to whatever holiday/event/celebration might be occurring on any given day.
Perhaps today, on Valentine’s Day, that’s all the more clear.
Sorry, but beer and Valentine’s day don’t really go together; as much as a large swath of marketing people, beer writers, editors, brewers, etc. might want you to believe it.
Beer isn’t really romantic.
Beer is comforting, yes. Beer is delicious, obviously. Sharing a beer with a loved one can be a great experience. But beer sexy? No. Sorry, it’s just not.
Indulge me in an exercise: Picture a couple snuggled together, maybe on a bear skin rug, maybe in front of a fire, maybe even in various stages of undress. Hot right? (unless you’re in PETA) Now picture them both holding frothy steins of chocolate stout.
Don’t get me wrong, beer is fucking awesome and there are few things I’d want to receive as a gift more than a thoughtfully chosen specialty beer or two (or six)–but there are no “Valentine’s Day beers.” So stop trying to make it happen.
There isn’t a beer that will be the perfect accompaniment to your romantic evening.
And that’s OK.
Enjoy your day. Have a nice dinner. Have a nice date. Have a shag. Spend the day alone if that’s your prerogative. And, if at any point during these proceedings, you have the urge to drink a beer, have whatever fucking beer you want.
Happy Valentine’s Day.