Thursday, 10 December 2009

Writing About Beer Is The New Rock'n'Roll: Backstage After-Party With This Year's Sensation



You know the cliche: such-and-such is the new rock'n'roll? Comedy, fashion, politics, knitting, you name it, it's been the new rock'n'roll.

The "beer is the new rock'n'roll" triteness (tritism?) has been lurking in my mind for a few weeks now, largely inspired by that popular beat combo Brew and his Dogs and their fanclub, er, shareholders.

I was reminded of it last week when Pete Brown was celebrating winning Beer Writer of the Year.

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Late at night, with a group of friends away from the public gaze and already under the influence of a heady intoxicant, Pete was witnessed on his knees partaking of some unseemly ritual involving a sharpened implement and a substance known to this underground culture as "wax". With a smile on his face he went on to allow his guests to "sniff" the contents of a phial cryptically marked "Bass King's Ale, February 22nd 1902". He later poured out a syrupy liquid for his guests to consume. Soon they could be heard uncontrolably and deliriously drooling words normally reserved for flavours and aromas. Exactly what substances are being used by this dangerous counter-culture is anyone's guess. The police have been informed.


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Bass King's Ale 1902

5 comments:

Woolpack Dave said...

I am so jealous, I'd have liked to have tried that beer.

Denzil said...

So what was the reaction from the assembled throng? Is the carpet OK? ;o)

Anonymous said...

I've heard Beyonce asks for a bottle of King's Ale 1902 in her rider

zythophile said...

I have a bottle of KA, but there's something very nsty growing up throughthe cork, so I've never dared open it. It was "just" Bass No 1, the royal link being that Edward VII started the mash of this particular batch when he visited Burton.

Adrian Tierney-Jones said...

had he lost the use of his legs by then and why has Captain got a sort of superhero style mask over his eyes?