To give thanks is a matter of joy. Should that be confined by excessive sobriety?
That was how Michael Jackson commented upon American Thanksgiving, in A Twist on Tradition: The Right Beer, Dish by Dish, a 1983 Washington Post byline on choosing beer, not wine, for the Thanksgiving meal.
That would be the 'other' Michael Jackson, a British beer writer, the ungloved one, the Beer Hunter, who, in his long career, set a very high bar for modern beer writing, across all borders. That I feel it necessary to identify which Jackson I mean pushes me into 'kids-these-days' territory.
As quotidien as the idea of good-beer-with-good-food may appear today, three decades ago it was an epicurean epiphany, a "twist" against the style-makers. Jackson didn't personally conjoin these taste-companions, but he did certainly nurture them.
Tomorrow, with the Thanksgiving meal, I will open a bottle of cider, gueuze, or Trappist ale; maybe a barleywine with pie. I will attempt to avoid excessive sobriety.
- Read Jackson's entire essay: here, at BeerHunter.com. (The Washington Post link above is a pay-to-read archived item.)
- Another post, germane for the day: Beere, Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving.
- For more from YFGF: