Sunday, November 26, 2006

warm beer is good

Just heard an absolutely infantile song on the radio called "Beer is Good". The main problem I had with it was a line about how the beer must be cold. Cold?

People, people, I thought we'd been through all this. The microbrewery revolution in this country is at least fifteen years old -- enough time for everyone to have gotten the memo. The main lessons of this revolution were: 1) there is such a thing as good-tasting beer 2) beer tastes good because it's fresh, hasn't been shipped across the country or over an ocean, and hasn't been sitting on a supermarket shelf for Lord knows how long and 3) "cold" beer was a scam championed by the mega-brewers to hide the fact that it wasn't very good. Furthermore, the beer of Europe, the ancestor of what we drink, is served luke-warm. Anyone lucky enough to have tried beer in Europe knows how good it tastes. It's the difference between fresh, home-made bread and Wonder Bread. To their profound credit, our microbreweries have bridged this divide and serve beer as delicious as anything across the ocean.

But what do I care? I don't drink much beer anymore... Red wine rules!


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