My boss and workplace are hosting this year’s conference for the Consortium of College and University Media Centers, and he’s asked me to give a lunch-time talk and evening tour of Portland’s beer scene. Originally I’d shared my streetcar map with him for the website, but he got this crazy idea that maybe I could actually lead a tour. Then a lunch talk idea came up before the tour. I agreed to do it, though the though of talking in front of 200+ strangers now seems absurd. If this was any other city, I’d have my work cut out for me. As it is, this could be a blast.
Now – I just have to do some … um … fieldwork.
This is dumb. The mayor of South Salt Lake City is going to ban home brewing in his city. Why?
“I don’t care what people do in their own homes as long as it doesn’t spill out into the public,” Mayor Wes Losser said. “But if there were problems related to home-brewing, such as people going blind or a small riot breaking out, we have to think in extremes to cover all the bases.”
It isn’t home brew that causes blindness – it’s when you try to distill at home and can’t separate the methanol from the ethanol. The methanol is what make you go blind, or retarded, or dead.
This is one of those cases where someone has a misguided agenda based on some really crappy (and wrong) reasons. If the mayor is going to outlaw home brewing, don’t hide behind the “what you do in your own homes” pretense – just say it – you’re ignorant and want to further control the people in your city.
I’m going to have to miss it this year, but the New Belgium Tour de Fat is coming to waterfront park this Saturday. Two of my favorite things in one place: Bikes and beer. Ah…. like college all over.
I got an e-mail from Beer Notable Fred Eckhardt complimenting me on the brewpub via streetcar map. He’d given a couple to some friends from out of town who thought it was a blast. I was pleased that people were using it – but to get a compliment from Fred about it was completely unexpected and charming.
Michelle pointed out a teaser on the front page of the Oregonian yesterday for a story about Pabst Blue Ribbon’s popularity in Portland. I’m fed up with PBR, and I think this article catches some of the reasons why people drink it and why it’s obscenely popular in Portland:
- It’s cheap
- Street cred
- It’s blue collar
- It’s like beer, but without all the flavor
Now I don’t mind the stuff – it has absolutely no offensive flavors, and you can drink a sixer and still ride a wheelie for a block, but the popularity has really started annoy me. Here’s why:
All that being said, I don’t hate Pabst as much as Coors.