Are you there, beer? It's me, Hayley.
What Beer Pairs Best With Thinking About Quitting Your Job?
You've had enough and you’ve got to decide right now. Is it worth it? The money, your time? You earn just enough to pay rent and eat, but you know there must be something better than feeling like you want to run every time you get within 10 feet of where you clock in. Don’t walk out just yet - think it over with one of these beers first.
Depending on your emotional exhaustion…
“If my boss says one more shitty thing to me…" - 21st Amendment Bitter American
A "tribute to unsung, unwitting heroes everywhere" this session ale is light, with mild bitterness, hints of citrus and is much easier to swallow than your current situation. Enjoy while you convince yourself to keep it together. Look, everyone hates being told to work harder when they are already working as hard as they can. Your boss is an AMAZING micro-manager. You are not. That’s why you do what you do and to be fair, you're lucky to have a way to bring money in the door. Life’s not so bad, just finish that beer and buy someone else one (karma). You’re going to be fine.
“I feel like less of a human being every time I go to work and have considered 'accidentally' injuring myself in order to go home early. Being on the street would be more fulfilling at this point. Seriously." - Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot
“A malty robust, jobless recovery ale,” that ”was brewed specifically to honor this dismal period in American history.” Sit down, take your coat off, and escape for a moment into this beer. Smell it first and really take it in. Floral notes take you to a field far away with a hint of roasted malts that remind you of a simpler time in your life. It’s easy drinking, but rich and you can definitely (but lightly) taste that delicious chocolate. Take another sip. Breathe. Now open your eyes and awake to reality: you’re not actually able to enjoy this beer because it is most likely no longer available to you in bars/stores. You missed it. What else have you missed because you’re been stressing over this awful, awful job? Find another strong ale on tap, drink up and put in your two weeks tomorrow.
“I have to choose between keeping this job and surviving, OR doing something I love and starving." - Left Hand Milk Stout
It’s thick and chewy but lighter than Guinness. Chocolaty, silky with hints of coffee. A good thinking brew. And you’ve got a thinker on you. What should you do about your job/life? On one hand… but on the other… I don’t know. The above is what I ask myself Every. Damn. Day. And, I'm still ordering Milk Stouts and trying to figure it out... good luck.
A note for all you potential quitters out there, some places have awesome industry nights. If you’re in Brooklyn, check out Buschenschank Sunday and Monday nights with FREE pizza and amazing drink specials. I’m sure you know some too. Shout it out to your working class brothers and sisters! We need to help each other and we need all the help we can get.