7.05.2006

Redhook Sunrye on the Fourth of July

Last night Felecia and I had dinner at our buds, Jen and Patrick's house on the hill. Patrick made some huge blue cheese and bacon stuffed burgers (one might call them a vegetarian Jew's worst nightmare), that I assume celebrate iconic American decadence on this religious-toned national jack-off fest; what we call the fourthofjUly, Independence Day. They were delicious.

And I have to say that I think America is the world's greatest nation, but we have some issues. We are leaders of liberality and innovation, our culture says "be an individual, like the rest of us." We proclaim democracy as a global agenda while installing, arming, and then provoking despots worldwide. Our country distrusts and exploits the weak, poor, and dark-skinned. Our capitalist marketplace revitalized craft brewing with an explosion of styles, new and revisited, but most people drink Coors light, or generally trust global conglomerates responsible for beer-hate, self-hate, fat people and foreign wars. ...and the greed...

These troubles and inconsistencies are difficult for secular, morally-minded, individualist, rationalist students like us, with incredible and historically unprecedented college debt loads, to make sense of. This rant is too wide ranging to ever find a conclusion except that the 4th is a day when I contemplate my country, my place in it and that brings up mixed feelings and bewilderment.

We washed down to cheese, bacon, and beef sandwiches with Redhook Sunrye. Patrick says every beer should have a story printed on the label, the Redhook label doesn't say anything very captivating, and certainly doesn't relate their affiliation with the 'Kin of Beer', though a trip to thier website reveals some AB marketing glam seepage. If it did have a story maybe it would go something like this...

"After stumbling through temperate beaver-filled Cascadian rainforests for weeks, Meriwether Lewis lifted a mossy rock and out poured what might be the world's most refreshing drink, a Redhook Sunrye. Lewis stoked some coals, cleaned the grill and laid on some pork chops while Clark, Charbenoue, Pocha-honda, and even little Pompe swigged the newly discovered Sunrye with great satisfaction. Ever since, no Northwest barbeque is complete without a little Redhook Sunrye. That's what makes Redhook Sunrye an authentic Pacific Northwest refreshment expirience."


Can one Redhook Sunrye really satisfy 5 fictitious people? Certainly, and it tastes good too. The rye gives this bitter, but not overwhelmingly hopped, beer an interesting, smooth spunk. The yeast matches well, lending Sunrye a light fruity palette. Pretty good stuff for a warm summer evening.

After a few we sat on the lawn and watched fireworks while Felecia and Patrick recited, with heart, various songs of American glory and allegiance; it almost brought a tear to my sunrye.

9 Comments:

Blogger Ben, aka BadBen said...

A nice beer. Ed Tringali came up with the recipe about 10 years ago. I think he got $500 for it.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Bridger said...

Is he the guy setting up a brewery in Singapore?

A very drinkable recipe could probably be worth a lot more than that to the darkside (marketers, managers, investors), they could call it something like "skinnydip" and sell it to the ladies. Ever considered selling yours?

I'm truely sorry to have missed the beer reduction party. Keep brewing.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Jeff Alworth said...

Yup, the mindmeld continues. I have a bottle of sunrye in the fridge for review.

If Ben's right, though, this is different from the old Redhook Rye, which was brewed as far back as the late 80s.

I may not be reviewing it anytime soon, though; we had a housewarming last week, and I got 8 bottles of liquid warmth from Belmont Station.

(By the way, your pinko commie rant was nice. I hoist a beer to you and the founders!)

1:10 PM  
Blogger Bridger said...

It sounds like your friends know what gifts to get for you.

The Portland politic is easily adoptable. Sometimes I forget how unusual this place is and assume that every one sees the world like I do.

But on average it seems people in Portland aren't just Canadians politically, we're nice too; I think the beer helps.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Alise said...

I can almost taste the chewed up burger and a beverage that perfectly holds up bacon in it's right hand and blue cheese in it's left.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Jeff Alworth said...

Okay, man, you better be in Chile or something. This is an awfully long time lapse.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Felecia said...

Yeah, what the fuck is up?

6:00 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Even I'm a patient guy and I'm getting tired of waiting. 2 months? C'mon!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Bridger said...

Sorry, bro. I'm working on it.

12:10 PM  

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