Are there really that many people who care about these stupid comments?
It’s hard for me to believe that this subject deserves so much space in a newspaper of your size, or any other, for that matter.
In Defense Of Beer
Actually, Judith, beer is a great subject for a blog. Also it’s appropriate for podcasts, books, TV shows, radio shows, newspapers and magazines. I should know; I’ve been involved in all of those media in some way or another, thanks to beer.
I think where your confusion lies is in your lack of knowledge about what we beer lovers call "craft beer" or "artisan beer." If all you know about beer is what you see on TV ads, you are sadly mistaken! That type of "industrial" beer (aka Miller, Bud, Coors, etc.) is an abomination of a wonderful beverage with a rich history dating back as far as ancient Egypt.
Did you know that one of the main reasons the pilgrims chose to land on Plymouth Rock was because they had run out of beer on The Mayflower? Many of our country’s forefathers were brewers, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, who is credited with saying, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
Had those guys been drinking industrial beer (what I refer to as "sparkling rice water"), I doubt they would’ve been so passionate about the product. But they were enjoying the historic equivalent of what more than 1,000 artisan breweries across the country are creating today: small batch, fresh beer with lots of flavor and nuances — a drink that is just as comfortable at a barbecue as it is on the crisp, white tablecloth of a fine restaurant.
Oregon, and the Willamette Valley specifically, have, for more than 20 years now, been on the forefront of the craft-beer movement. Our pioneer brewers were instrumental in having outdated Prohibitionist laws changed nationally so that small breweries could get their start.
Today, Oregon, which is home to nearly 80 breweries, is the second-largest producer of craft beer in the United States. Four of the top 10 craft brewing companies make beer here. Our beers attract a large number of tourists from all over the world who want to visit what many call "Brewtopia" or "Beervana."
Closer to home, Oregon breweries directly employ more than 3,800 Oregonians, many at family wage jobs. Oregon is the No. 2 hop growing state and the No. 9 barley producing state in the country. The total impact from the beer industry on Oregon’s economy is $2.24 billion. (Thanks to the Oregon Brewers Guild for those stats.)
Our beer culture is uniquely Oregon — a tasty tribute to our creativity, our pioneer spirit and our thirst for the good things in life.
A recent national study showed that because of the steady growth of craft beer across the country, every American lives or works within 10 miles of an artisan brewery or brewpub. Might I suggest you explore one close to you?
Think globally, drink locally!
What’s wrong with beer? By me, nothing. The trouble comes for an excess of beer. Too much beer can hurt your body. So can too much fiber or cake or even water. Plus we are in the center of a hops growing area and many microbrewries. It’s part of the economy. My doctor told me to not drink daily and never more than 2 beers a day. IOW, don’t get addicted and don’t drink to excess. But a 6 pack a week spread out over a week is ok by me. Wonder how a blog on coffee would go over?
Hey, don’t get started on coffee, my daily addiction, I drink it because the doc said he would not install a maniline for me to get it i.v.
A letter critical of beer and/or beer blogs was a waste of time writing and a poor choice of subject for the SJ to print; but what else is new?