Sometimes getting to your destination is more than just jumping on a plane and arriving. Sometimes it requires a stop-over, a long stop-over. And my trip to Belgium is one of those trips that require a stop-over. For this trip it is in Atlanta. The hub of all air travel for just about the entire East Coast of the United States. Hell, if you want to go from Jacksonville, to Orlando via air, you have to go to Atlanta! Go figure!
But, a long lay-over in Atlanta can be a fun experience if you go into it with the right frame of mind and a few ideas of where to find the “good stuff.” Case-in-point; I landed at Concourse B and my international flight is out of the Concourse E. A quick check of the mental map (I’ve been here a time or two before) tells me that there is a Sweetwater Grill in this airport that serves decent food and, more importantly, Sweetwater brews.
Yes, I know that Sweetwater is now available in Jacksonville, but for some reason it tastes better here, closer to the source. And before you go all, “There’s no difference” on me, let me just say; I don’t care. It tastes different to me and, let’s face it, that’s all that counts right now — my opinion.
So, there I sit, quaffing — I love that word — a cold, tall 420 contemplating the beer I will be drinking in just a few short hours. And I think to myself, “Self, this ain’t too bad at all. Nope, not at all.”
I plan to try and keep a journal of all the beers I drink over the next nine days. I’m not sure I really want to know how many I am going to drink. But, it is all in the name of science. That’s right, science. I see this trip as a sort of science experiment. The research question: How many different beers can Marc really drink? the world may never know, but I am willing to give it my all to find out.