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Giving Up Beer: A Mother’s Journey

I'm not a quitter, I'm pregnant!

9 months ago, I was just like any other beer nerd. I went to beer bars, getting overly excited when something special was on tap. I planned out my strategies at beer festivals. I wrote tasting notes. I bonded with friends over amazing beers.

Beer was a hobby of mine, something I knew a lot about and enjoyed greatly. For the past 8 months, beer has been something I cannot indulge in. Of course, I am happy to give up beer for the baby I will hold in less than 2 months, but I miss it, I really do. I miss feeling connected to the culture and writing about my experiences on bb.com. Can’t wait to get back at it!

I think about the next chapter in my life, it wont be the same. I wont be spending all day on a sunny Saturday slinging back IPAs and stouts. Instead, I look forward to the time when I can go out with my new family, enjoy a beer, get reacquainted with the flavors, take some notes and relax (as much as you can with an infant).

Pregnant women make many sacrifices. I could go on for several lines- I will spare you. All I know is that the first real beer I have, is going to be a good one.

If you couldn’t have a beer for 9 months, what would your first beer be?

I want mine to be something special, an imperial stout or a sour. Something barrel aged and innovative. This occasion not only celebrates the arrival of my new love, but the re-emergence of an old passion.

So, don’t take your beer for granted. There are thirsty mothers-to-be out there. Cheers!

  1. June 29th, 2011 at 08:43 | #1

    I can’t remember exactly what it was, but we had a large bottle of something Belgian in the delivery room. It was a long wait!

    • admin
      June 29th, 2011 at 09:18 | #2

      Large is good. So is Belgian.

  2. For Whom the Beer Toales
    June 29th, 2011 at 08:49 | #3

    I look back fondly on all the cold ones we have shared, and am honored to have called you a friend since your Kokanee days! I look forward to sharing many more (Kokanees and otherwise) in Seattle, Chicago, and wherever else our lives take us. I love you Jess! You are an inspiration!

    • admin
      June 29th, 2011 at 09:18 | #4

      Thanks For Whom the Beer Toales! My pallette will be so clean and ready for tasting!

      • admin
        June 29th, 2011 at 10:44 | #5

        Thanks Kim! All those years of building my tolerance…gone. :) We will have to grab a cold one together.

  3. June 29th, 2011 at 09:34 | #6

    Great post. I gave up beer for a year or more due to illness a few years ago. It was hard. Really hard. And once I started sipping again, boy did I get loopy fast! All I know is, whatever you enjoy, you WILL enjoy it. :)

  4. Chris
    June 29th, 2011 at 14:59 | #7

    Can’t wait to enjoy a beer with you and the little guy.

  1. July 4th, 2011 at 10:38 | #1