I was out at Beer Night of our little church group in Manchester last night at one of those places which has a beer menu that runs into the dozens. I ordered Blithering Idiot because well, I felt obligated. It's an English barleywine, which I am not familiar with. It is found in the upper-left area of this chart of beer types, so you'll know who its relatives are. Sweet and dark, not what I usually have. I don't think I will be gravitating to this style, but I wouldn't mind it occasionally. It is fun to read the reviews of beers. Perhaps they know what they are tasting, perhaps they are posers - I don't know, but it seems a rather harmless hobby.
It did put me in mind of Dave Barry's discussion of a California wine tour of about a decade ago, which included the wine-reviewing phrase "nuances of toast" that entered our family's stock of in-jokes.
On my road trip, I learned that Columbus Ohio has gone all-in on local craft breweries, enough that it would take one quite a while to take them all in. Columbus has recently passed Cincinnati and Cleveland as the largest city in the state and is growing/spreading, not shrinking like the others. I was surprised at the number of small airports until it occurred to me how much easier they would be to build in Ohio, in contrast to, say, Goffstown, NH.