Friday, November 20, 2009

In defense of the corner bar recently interviewed Chris O'Brien, the Beer Activist. One question was on the state of the beer culture in Washington, D.C.

It still needs lots more corner bars though. Places with local character. <...> People just aren’t socialized to visit their local watering hole in the evening. They go home and drink their beer watching T.V. I’m as guilty as anyone. Though I often wish I was socializing for an hour or two each weeknight instead of being at home on the couch. That’s why we need good corner bars. Places where conversation is enabled rather than discouraged by loud TVs and music. I can watch TV and crank up the stereo at home. Not that I mind having loud music at bars…just not every night. I’m actually a loud music fan. I have about 1,000 punk rock records. But I want to socialize in a bar.

More corner bars stocking more better beers: might that be a method to reduce driving? Safer, less gridlock .... and greener.

Read the rest of the piece here.

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