An alert reader sent me this interesting column from The New York Daily News, pointing out that Boston Beer Co., brewer of Samuel Adams brands, is the largest American-owned brewery now that big boys Bud, Miller, Coors, etc are owned by ferriners. (Pabst is American-owned, but Miller brews its brands.)
The author, former Al Gore speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum, argues that we truly need an American-made macrobrew. Microbrews like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada won’t cut it.
Please. These are the coastal elites of beer. These companies are to beer what the knowledge economy is to the real economy, or what intellectual capital is to actual capital. Yes, they’re sophisticated, contemplative and complex. So is John Kerry. And like John Kerry, they remain a regional and acquired taste.
Where’s the beer whose cans can be crushed against fraternity foreheads with pride? Where’s the beer that will be nestled into foam cozies and novelty cup holder hats (and heaved onto the track in disgust at a Jeff Gordon victory) across NASCAR nation?
Where is our liberty lager, our patriotic Pilsner, our red, white and blue stripe?
Where indeed? Minnesota, perhaps?
That’s my nomination. What’s yours?