February 28th, 2008

The Pink Elephant in the Room

Ms. MugJust in case you didn’t read to the end of the last post, I thought I’d point to the latest installment of my Ale Street News column, Ms. Mug. In The Pink Elephant in the Room, I call beer writers (and by extension all drinks writers) out for avoiding ever mentioning the fact that they drink for the buzz as much as the taste.

“…We’ve been policed, and have policed ourselves, into a sometimes comically polite way of talking about beer.”

And I admit I’m among the guilty. Not that everyone wants to hear the details of what a contented, appealing genius I become over the course of an evening at the bar (I’ll leave that kind of writing to commenters on Yelp.com). But to give the impression that all that gin and whiskey I knock back spends quality time with my taste buds would be dishonest. Kind of like when someone says he subscribes to Playboy for the articles.

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3 Responses to “The Pink Elephant in the Room”

  1. Michael Dietsch

    Thanks for saying this. Sometimes I feel it’s unseemly to even joke about getting buzzed or drunk, even when you’re blogging, let alone writing professionally.

  2. ljclark

    I know what you mean. Whenever I want to get a taste of good writing about drunkenness, I head over to the Modern Drunkard: http://www.moderndrunkardmagazine.com/

  3. Adam

    You mean there’s some kind of mind altering substance in these drinks?? Why didn’t anyone tell me? I drink solely to savor the flavor of the alcohol…

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