I was in a supermarket yesterday morning, straightening a display of beer that had been decimated over the weekend (a good thing), re-filling it with beer from a small, independent, local 'craft' brewery. Brewery X, I'll call it.
A man noticed, and asked me: "Are you a representative of Brewery X?"
"No," I replied, "but I'm with the wholesaler that distributes Brewery X beer."
"Well, I know Mr. S." the man continued. "He's the owner of Brewery X."
"I know him too," I replied.
"He's a good guy," the man said. "Yes, he is," I agreed.
The man nodded, walked a few steps to the beer cooler, and grabbed an 18-pack of Busch beer.
It's American Craft Beer Week® this week —sponsored, nationwide, by the Brewers Association. They, breweries, and drinkers alike may be celebrating, but there's still much work to do. Go out and do it: support your small, local, American brewery.
- Read more at the Brewers Association.
- Find a local ACBW celebration, event, or promotion, at CraftBeer.com/ACBW.
- Follow ACBW events and reviews on Twitter with #ACBW.
- Find updates on the ACBW Facebook page.
- Untappd is offering an American Craft Beer Week Badge for users who check in during ACBW events.
- One definition of 'irony', at Merriam-Webster:
Incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result; an event or result marked by such incongruity. Incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play —called also dramatic irony, tragic irony.