I know what you are thinking. Why would the title of a beer blog be "Shoes?" Well, you are about to be very thankful that you have a pair of shoes on your feet. Otherwise, obtaining beer would be a very difficult task.
Let's start with the raw materials of beer. There are two main components that make up almost every batch of beer that is consumed. Hops and grain. Think if the farmers and those who modify the ingredients didn't have shoes. Well, it sure would be hard to walk through those farms and check on the quality. And, I wouldn't want hop resins covering my feet in the hop processing plant.
How about the brewer. Everyday in the brewhouse I deal with boiling hot water and dangerous chemicals. I've seen some brewers who have terrible burns on their skin. It honestly looks like a 12 hour sunburn. Not alot of fun. I sure am thankful that I have easy access to steal toed rubber boots.
How about YOU, the consumer. When you run out of beer at this year's Christmas party and have to bear the cold, do you wear shoes out? Of course, you don't want to catch frostbite on your big knub.
All of these things make common sense. Nobody goes a day without wearing shoes for the most part. Believe it or not, there are people out there who DON'T have access to shoes (or craft beer). But, shoes are a little more important. If you are still looking for a Christmas present this year, check out my cousin Blake's company Toms Shoes. For every pair of shoes that you buy, a pair of shoes is given to a child in need. This can prevent them from getting diseases that don't even cross our minds in the U.S. because of our ease of access to footwear. Check out thier video for this holiday season, Choose Shoes.