I’m not sure. The Salon.com article is worth reading though, as it is decently informative and also worth a smile. The article made me think about the most recent clashes I’ve had with domestic beers and my efforts to promote their imported counterparts…
I spent Monday evening enjoying a great meal and conversation with my pseudo family. (my fast friend Sarah’s parents). The live on a farm four miles or so out of a small German Catholic town in NW Iowa. Over the last decade, I’ve been absorbed into their family all but to the point of being blood kin. I love them and always feel completely free and me whenever I’m hanging out in their kitchen. We always do a lot of b.s.ing, but we also have a lot gut level talks about life and loss and pursuing our dreams. Anyway, whatever we happen to be talking about it always happens over a beer. Well, the Mom usually drinks wine and me and the dad will sip a cold Bud Light.
I’d always had a fondness for foreign beers, but once I lived in Bosnia, my taste buds developed a most fierce aversion to American beer. So I knew going over to the farm on Monday that I was going to have to buck up and drink a Bud Light. Or maybe even worse….a Miller Light. AHHHH.
But surprise, surprise, I opened the fridge to find a whole shelf filled with Corona. I squealed with glee. They even had limes. They laughed so hard to see me so excited. I tried to explain and it just didn’t quite register.
On a somewhat related note, my dad knows I don’t like American beer, so when he was buying the beer for my sister’s graduation party, he also brought home a case of some pretty good microbrew. Of course, I got made fun of for drinking it. I was making people taste it to prove that it was good, and none of those scoundrels admitted to liking it (I’m sure they went out the next weekend and bought some). In my last vain attempt of getting someone on my side, I gave some to my grandma. She said, “Oh that’s nasty. The only thing worse is cough syrup. Whadya do with my Miller Light?”