According to Steady Serv, this is not a beer blog you should read. No one at Steady Serv actually said as much, but by not listing Make Mine Potato as a beer blog you *should* read, I will assume that the fine folks at Steady Serv believe this is not a beer blog worth reading. If only they had talked with me, a professor of rhetoric, I’m sure I could hav persuaded them that this is, indeed, a beer blog worth reading. It doesn’t help, of course, that this blog has the word potato in its title and not a pun or play on the word beer. It also doesn’t help, I’m sure, that I don’t review beers. But I’ve been down this path before.
Since my complaint about not getting free beer for running a beer blog like other fine folks do, I have, to date, received no free beer. I must remind breweries that this is, in fact, a beer blog. And it is one worth reading. For some reason, beer blogs get free beer. I own the domain to this blog. I write about beer. Thus. . . . you understand. Make the syllogism work. I’m reminded of this poster we saw in Charleston this past week after having lunch and a bottle of Westbrook’s The Raver at Queen Street Grocery.
If not a joke, then at least not a serious beer blog. No press releases. No thoughts about over-saturated markets. No discussion of what ABV constitutes “session.” No photographs of whales being opened or stocked up in endless rows of show offing. Just random stories and pictures of beer. And some efforts at making jokes.
What is not a joke is the completion of my fourth trade with old Missouri drinking friends. In the two years since we left Missouri, the selection has really accelerated, and St. Louis beers are knocking it out of the park. I rely on my old Columbia crowd to send me beers since SOME PEOPLE I KNOW IN ST. LOUIS DON’T. I’m still a fan of Missouri beer.
Reading today that 4 Hands is expanding, my impulse is to send yet another tweet asking them to use all of that extra beer production to distribute to Kentucky. I’m pretty sure I’ve sent such a tweet and maybe an email before. We are only a five hour drive away! This is one of my best arguments. We’re close! I resisted being a nudge this time. Instead, I bothered Victory who just announced distribution to Alabama. Alabama? Again, no offense to my Alabama friends – if I actually have any – but the news in one day that both Fifty Fifty and Victory are going to distribute to your state before Kentucky greatly troubles me. Until yesterday, you weren’t even allowed to homebrew. Also, my uncle lives in Alabama. He is who my wife affectionately points to as evidence that my family, my JEWISH family, is actually more redneck than hers (my cousin’s wedding where everyone wore backward baseball hats is one bit of evidence offered). He is a redneck. And I’m not sure that my wife’s comment is actually affectionate.
I say this, of course, because there were two 4 Hands beers in the Missouri box Seth sent. The Divided Sky Rye was excellent. That’s all I will say for now. I haven’t opened the other bottle yet. I’m hoping that this tease of a review will prompt 4 hands to send free beer my way, or better yet, to just distribute to Kentucky, a state that you CAN DELIVER BEER TO IN ONE DAY OF FIVE HOURS OF TRUCK DRIVING. That’s a pretty solid argument if you ask me, the professor of rhetoric. In the meantime, 4 Hands, I leave you with this Instagram photo of my opened bottle of Divided Sky Rye. You can follow me @supplication. Don’t take offense that I named my Instragram handle after a Russian River beer and not after Divided Sky Rye. Don’t let that be the reason you suddenly change your mind and opt not to distribute to Kentucky. We can talk this out.
All of this returns us to the question that prompted this post: Is this a beer blog? Or is this a beer blog worth reading? Thera are beer pictures on this post. There’s a review (“it’s good”). There’s the required, shared photo of a box of beer acquired in a trade. There’s a picture of my daughter in a small, Charleston grocery watching her parents eat crepes and drink beer at 11:30 in the morning. There is beer talk and complaints about distribution. That sounds like a beer blog to me.