Ok, so that’s an in-joke, probably, or not- the title refers to Chris Smith’s lamentedÂ columnÂ at WNYMedia.net, The Morning Grumpy. Â Like him, I spend probably a little too much time scanning news & views, and it seems perfectly squibbish to rack a few from the fermenter, so to speak, from time to time. Â Look, I even used a sensible Category AND tag here. Â Watchout!
1) The beer-blog-o-verse is all atwitter today about this WaPo article reporting on the illegal sale, via eBay at least, of rare beers. Â Look for some serious self-loathing to follow, as we/beer bloggers/beer-enthusiasts accuse one another of “wine-ifying” beer and bringing it to this level, food-pairing is evil, “it’s just beer”, &c. Â Meh. Â As far as the practice itself goes, well… First, I think beer traders are doing it right- quid pro quo. As well, I know real friendships start to spring up though trading circles, which is such a part of beer anyway- it is a very friendly industry as a whole. Â I suppose it might yet be illegal, but profiteering it mostÂ certainlyÂ is not. Â Secondly, to me the big appeal of beer is as a pretext for–or at least anÂ accompanimentÂ to–travel. Â (e.g., See Rudy’s post of last week, and also point 1.) Â So whileÂ RussianÂ River release events might seem absurd to some, if it is the kind of beer-geekery you go for (I do!), at least you could roll your 2012 Dark Lord Day into… seeing a show & some great breweries in Chicago, or a longer road trip visiting relatives in Nebraska, or… some kind of travel, exploration, horizon-busting. Â Go, enjoy the beer on-site or in the intended context, and then be done with it. Â And the reverse for us: CBW hopes people come to our awesome ci-tay and drink the beer here, by and large.
2) Searching for a shared-file solution, with automatic updating and security plug-ins as well? Â Community Beer Works endorses Dropbox! Â That is all, but no, we don’t work for them or anything.
3) Speaking of the Washington Post, actually… If you know me, you know I’m not likely to be a huge fan of anything George Will writes, but you know what? Â When a man’s right, he’s right. Â So it was a pleasant surprise to get thisÂ link from my Dad and to actuallyÂ prettyÂ much dig the article. Â John Hickenlooper For President, 2016? Â I like the idea quite a bit, frankly. Â Brewers as politicians might not always work, but at the very least, they’ll always bring beer and excellent facial hair, so how bad can that be? Â Note to local people: Our very own Pearl Street Brewery wasÂ initiallyÂ an offshoot of the Pearl Street brewpub Hickenlooper started in Colorado, iirc, though he was also bought-out so long ago now as to be no more than wee footnote to the whole story. Â Unless he runs, I add cynically; Hickenlooper on one of those wrought-iron railings would make a great photo-op. Â NB: The Franklin quotation will not die, but it should.
4) In ridiculous label news, Funkwerks (of, in fact, Colorado) had to change a beer name/label–nice of them, but seriously?–and Clown Shoes (Of Massachusetts) stayed very far from risque on their latest release, the awesomely-themed Blaecorn Unidragon Russian Imperial Stout. Â I will check that out, but sadly, Funkwerks is not in our distribution area, alas.
5) The Morning Grumpy often included a Youtube clip of one sort or another so The Afternoon “Cheerio!” will thus present: searches for “beer” plus a random word. Â Today, it was squirrel. Â You really can’t go wrong with Andrew W.K., ever, but the squirrel doesn’t really drink the beer, which is a bit disappointing. Â To the extent that he does, though, he’s getting Harpoon, it seems to me- good call.
not sure who hickenlooper is (sorry), but i did read with interest that buffalo elected a mayor (schwab) during prohibition whose only major issue was defying the 18th amendment. schwab was even indicted on federal charges for his own brewing activities!
Dennis- yes, F.X. Schwab was quite the mayor! There is a bust of him on the first floor of City Hall, I never go there without saying hello. John Hickenlooper is the current governor of Colorado, former mayor of Denver, and before that: brewpub operator.
Having met John Hickenlooper while living in LoDo in the early 90’s, I still think of him only as the owner of the Wynkoop Brewery (the actual name of the brewpud in Denver). Seeing him on TV periodically freaks me out a little, he’s still just a beer man to me. Where did this politician come from? Hey, better the devil you know, right?