October 22, 2013

A Beer Writer Reads and Writes

It's been quiet on the writing front for me, (which may warrant an eventual longer form post at some point) but I have not stopped reading. A good writer reads to write. Some quick hits.

We've probably all seen the Goblin Valley Utah video where reputed adults and leaders of young men defaced a rock formation. I seized on one line in this reaction piece which generally reflects on a divided America (emphasis mine).
Goblin Valley is in an area of Utah—the Moab/Canyonlands region generally—that sees an extreme version of the typical split between public lands users. On the one hand are dudes like this, frequently found in the Utah desert piloting 4X4s around black-stained slickrock trails, and then there's the crowd more into hiking and quietly being awed. You know, Coors versus Dales. Or whatever.  - Michael Byrne
Is that a thing? Coors vs Dales? Is there some sort of Coors/Dales litmus? The reason I ask is, well, both are NASCAR sponsors. Oskar Blues recently announced that they sponsor Landon Cassill and he piloted his #4 Chevrolet under the Dales Pale Ale colors at the Dollar General 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11th. The #40 Coors Light car is currently driven by T.J. Bell.

I've no car in this race as I'm not a race fan, however, I'm not sure if the Coors vs Dales distinction is a useful data point. It seems that Oskar Blues doesn't think so. I do understand the writer's point on the divide in land use.

No not that beer dating.
Andrew Sullivan reads and then brings us a short observational piece on how there (seemingly) is a dating site for every sub-culture. His cites an Atlantic post which details a number of such websites such as Farmers Only, a dating site for those that bail and roll in the hay.

I looked at some numbers and the google consensus seems to be that there around 2.2 million US farmers. I don't know how many US "beer drinkers" there are, but, it would seem to me that the time might be right for some sort of (dare I utter craft ) beer dating site. If you haven't heard, craft beer definitions and the debates about them are back. Ugh! Leave it to Stan to bring the arguments together. So maybe just a beer dating site with some sort of type of beer dropdown.

Here in Phoenix, The Valley Beer Drinkers Meet-Up Group may serve as a proxy for that function. As with NASCAR, I am (thankfully and blissfully) out of that race as well.

Finally, it is pumpkin beer season. Pumpkins are, as a beer ingredient, an American creation. You need to check out this long form article from the awl on the Pumpkin and its rise from hog feed to iconic American symbol of comfort and nostalgia. It's worth the click for the compelling correlation between twitter, white women and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. (Is there even pumpkin in that? Answer: No)

Fascinating graphic from How Did Pumpkin Become Beloved? Labor, Nostalgia, Refreshment And White Women: Google Ngrams historical mentions of pumpkin.
A word of warning, readers on Andrew Sullivan's blog were quick to point out that any reference to pumpkins or gourds in general prior to the 17th century are probably poor translations. Pumpkins, potatoes, yams, corn and tomatoes are products of the New World. Seneca and Claudius would not known of their existence. Secondly, over three thousand words and nary a mention of beer!?

Still a great read. Especially if you drink a beer while reading.

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