July 12, 2010
Today after work, instead of cracking open a cold beer because I am still recovering from too many this weekend, I watched a documentary about beer. The documentary’s called BEER WARS. It was an averagely-decent documentary as far as documentaries go, but it was super-decent as an educational piece about how big business crushes small business here in America. The business in this case is the beer business (pun intended!).
Dear Coors Light, I bid you farewell. I’m slightly sorry, but we both know this is for the best.
I hereby vow to never drink a Coors, Budweiser or Miller product again. Did you know that 1 out of every 2 beers sold in America is from the people that make Bud? And did you ever notice how they take up all the space in the grocery store beer aisle and the convenient stores so you don’t really notice any other beers there? And do we really need so many ways to buy Budweiser- 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, can, tall can, bottle, Dry, Light, Ice, Lime, Select, andonandonandon? And did you also know that they are trying to steal away the little bit of business that craft breweries do have by making IMPOSTOR CRAFT BREWERY BEERS?!?!?!? Anheuser-Busch now has a beer called Organic Wild Hop Lager, but to market to people looking for a more interesting, smaller-batch brew they put “Green Valley Brewing Co.” on the label with no mention of the parent company Anheuser-Busch.
I am by no means a beer expert, but I am always trying to learn about new, nice, ethical, local, interesting breweries, especially now that I broke up with Coors Light. Choc– short for Choctaw like the Indian tribe and brewed in Krebs, OK– is still one of my all-time favorite American beers. And the Marshall beer out of Tulsa, OK tastes pretty good too. What are some of your favorite little lesser-known beer gems?