Blind Taste Test is dedicated to sensory indulgence, and why not indulge the senses of taste and smell when one is deprived (in part) of the sense of sight?
The emphasis here is on craft beer, but with a whole lot of other stuff in between. Great beer, great food - and in some cases the marrying of the two.
Monday, 11 August 2014
About the author
Hello!My name is Graham Frizzell: Melbourne-by-way-of-Perth-based beer and food writer.As someone who is profoundly impaired of vision, my place on
this strange, orbiting, waterlogged rock is one of both privilege and
curse, but the 9-5
"life" did not shun me; I shunned it, thankyou very much!
craft beer is much more than a hobby for me.It is indulgence of my remaining, fully functioning
senses.It is also a lifestyle, a
way of life.The aromas, the
flavours, the textures are what elicit emotion, memory and a sense of being.
blind/profoundly impaired of vision: “So how much can you see?” is the first question
that I am asked (usually before “hey – how ya going?”) by most.There is no short answer, for my
condition is the result of retinal scarring that occurred before my birth.I suppose what I can tell
you is that I have next to no peripheral vision (under 10°), I can see the full
spectrum of colour, one eye is profoundly stronger than the other and I might
be able to see a bus coming from 50-100 metres away (depth and distance perception
is relatively good), however I cannot see the number without a visual aid in most
I am blessed in
that I have enough eyesight to take reasonably good photographs.Does this mean that the (legally) “blind”
title is somewhat dubious?Does it
make me a fraud?Well the short answer to that is: you
tell me. Blunt sarcasm aside, the upshot of sharing my experience of craft beer (at least in the photographic sense) is that it might give people an insight into just what I can and cannot see. Meanwhile, the main aim is to share the sensory experience that is craft beer. I am also mad about food, coffee and other pursuits of taste; experiences that I am all too happy to share with everyone.
Life is too short
for lamentation, just as it is far too short for crap beer and food.