“I only smoke when I drink.”
“I’m a social smoker.”
“I go through, like, maybe a pack a week. No big deal.”
Hell, even I had a phase where I thought smoking suited me (Lucky Strike, unfiltered. I had been watching a ton of Band of Brothers during that time). It was, at the very least, a reason to try and strike up conversations at collegiate house parties I otherwise had no business being at. I’ve been drunk enough where smoking feels like the only thing worth doing. Hell, I’m outside on a balcony at 3 am for no reason, may as well light up.
Generally, I have no problem with smoking/smokers. Do what you like, whatever.
Until it comes to craft beer. In short: why do you smoke cigarettes while drinking craft?
I only ask as I fell witness to this yesterday evening. When at a brewery taproom, one is there for the beer they brew on site. It is the special kind of beer, one that is more than just an alcohol delivery vehicle – the taste and texture are labored over. At the taproom two gentlemen got up from the bar, halfway through their beer, to stand just outside the door and smoke. No problem there, seen it happen a million times over. As they stood there the cold, rainy air was sucked into the room, along with their smoke, and I found myself completely unable to taste anything other than the smoke. If that’s the sensation I got second-hand, what does it do firsthand?
Craft and cigars have been bared by the bold for a long while now. But cigarettes? Is it possible to taste anything after smoking other than the dried-leaf and lord-knows what else is packed in with it?
Maybe I’m in the dark on something here. Many beers are rather delicate with their flavors and composition, and a cigarette would only serve to blast that out of the water. So why waste a six dollar pour by going out for a smoke in the middle of it?
Pray tell, dear readers, am I missing something?