Written by Burl on June 24th, 2010

Breakfast of Champions

The above picture is totally swiped from my oped pal Brad Warthen’s blog, as he enjoyed a frosty Sam Adams Summer Ale today with co-workers in a South Carolina ad agency. Here’s the deal. This morning, I’d never heard of Summer Ale. Over the course of the day, I must have seen a dozen TV ads and a couple of print ads for the stuff. Then Brad shows up swilling it. Then this evening we went over to a friend’s house to see a movie and — you guessed it — there was a refrigerator full of Sam Adams Summer Ale. I can read the signs, Lord, I don’t need a burning bush. The fates wanted me to down several bottles of Sam Adams Summer Ale. So I did. Good stuff.


17 Comments so far ↓

  1. Primo Kimo says:

    de lawd moves in mysterious ways…

  2. Katharine says:

    Many of the select brews, i.e. Red Tail Ale, have Summer Ales, Christmas Ales…you name it.

  3. gigi-hawaii says:

    Ever tried BEERS OF MEXICO? David bought a case of them from Costco a few weeks ago. Something different.

    That Summer Ale looks good. It is amazing that the guy in the photo shows NO potbelly. My kinda guy! LOL.

  4. Brad Warthen says:

    After all — is IS summertime.

    Heard on the radio yesterday — best all-time summertime song: “Spill the Wine.”

  5. Kathryn Fenner says:

    Hoegaarden, with a wedge of orange.

  6. Vicki Viotti says:

    Wonder how this compares to the lager I used to drink in Jolly Old England, with a splash of lime. I know, it’s an ale, not lager, but I guess I’ll have to taste it and see how summery it is.

  7. Burl Burlingame says:

    Great — now i want a shandy.

  8. mutt says:

    It was not “a refrigerator full” — it was a damn six-pack. Although the part about you drinking several bottles is true.
    Yum, is it late enough in the day yet?

  9. gigi-hawaii says:

    haha! BB got caught by his host! Sooo BB drank 3 and Mutt drank 3? Poor hubby! What did he drink? H2O…?

  10. Primo Kimo says:

    Mutt! It’s BB’s story and HIS blog. Don’t pop his balloon or rain on his parade. Allow him his poetical license in his own milieu! Now the story has a much lessened impact.

  11. gigi-hawaii says:

    You must be joking, PK. Let the truth, and only the truth, be told. Amen!

    On another note, does anybody like fruit in their beer? I love Corona with lime.

  12. mutt says:

    Gigi … no hubby here! That’s why I keep borrowing Mary’s. Also, I drank only two. :-)
    PK … yeah, maybe you’re right. And thanks for the cliches. Anyway, it’s true that the bar fridge is full of beer — just most of it’s crap others have left here, like that undrinkable green-bottle stuff. *shudder*

  13. gigi-hawaii says:

    Mutt, too bad no hubby. Mine is a keeper, more or less. We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary on Monday.

    Green bottles — you don’t like Beck’s? That’s what David buys at Costco. Cheapest imported beer (German) at Costco.

    Actually, my fave beverage is champagne, though.

  14. Primo Kimo says:

    green bottle prolly Heini.

  15. Burl says:

    Guess I only had eyes for the Summer Ale. They were right in front.

    I learned long ago that it’s better to have one good beer than a bunch of cheap, crap beers.

    Also, good company helps considerably.

  16. Brad Warthen says:

    I actually DO have a refrigerator full of beer, to be honest. Here’s how that happened:

    I used to keep a mini-fridge in my office at the paper — one that we had originally bought for one of the kids when she went off the school. When I left the paper, it was just sitting there in the garage. Since, apart from a little consulting work, I was unemployed, I was looking for ways to economize on MY terms. Some radicals would say, “Stop drinking beer.” Which is why the rest of us don’t vote for radicals. I said, “I need to start buying my beer in bulk.”

    Unfortunately, my wife resents beer taking up room in the fridge. Even a six-pack gets moved and shoved around in a way that makes it clear it is not welcome. If I was so bold as to buy a 12-pack, I heard all sorts of negative remarks about it until it was gone (which could take DAYS in some cases). And woe unto me if I replaced it with another when it WAS gone. You would think beer was something for special occasions, and not the staff of life.

    But to save money, you have to buy cases. It’s the only way.

    So I decreed that henceforth, that little fridge would be my beer fridge, and would reside in the garage. Of course, I decreed it in a hesitant tone that suggested I was asking permission. My wife pondered it for a moment, and you could see that two ideas were at war in her mind. The first being, “CASES? You want to buy CASES of BEER, when we don’t know how we’re going to pay the mortgage after this month?” The second being “I would never have to see a beer in my refrigerator again.” The second idea won out; she did not veto the decree.

    So I had my heralds announce the tidings to all my subjects assembled, and the kingdom was wondrous glad.

    That’s how I came to have something so glorious as a beer fridge.

    See? A story with a happy ending.

  17. Burl says:

    (Homer Simpson voice) Beeeer friiiidge…..

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