|Benjamin Franklin once said: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." And on that note, I suppose I would say I’ve been happy drinking beer a bit longer than I should have. As one who can’t stand soft drinks, beer has always been my preferred beverage. I tend toward India Pale Ales, porters and stouts, although I find Imperial Stouts a bit too strong. I’ve never liked sweet tasting beers, or ones incorporating fruit or spices. I gotta go with Bud Light as my favorite lawn mower beer. Yes, I know, “but there are so many better lawn mower beers out there.” I guess that’s what happens once you’ve drunk thousands of gallons of a beer. Sometimes you just have to have a “near water beer” if nothing else for hydration.