Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #12)
Fri May 4, 2012, 12:23 AM
napoleon_in_rags (3,989 posts)
13. If Bud light ranks DEAD LAST, then those are some exclusive tasting contests.
Last edited Fri May 4, 2012, 01:51 AM - Edit history (1)
My worst beer memory? Its hazy. I remember being drunk, wearing a black overcoat. It felt like somewhere in the desert, going in to some Mexican place where the windows were boarded over with cardboard and the man behind the counter had white shirt and cowboy hat and cigar wrinkled face. I had just a little over a dollar in change. As I remember it today, the beer was called "Underworld" or something, and had the three headed dog Cerberus on the front. I have the faintest memory of Persephone as the spread eagle Melusine from the original Starbuck's logo, but the veracity of that memory is questionable, moreso even than the rest.
It was cheap, it had something like 10% alcohol. When I first began to drink it, my thought was oh, somebody came up with a clever way to sell industrial waste products. But as I drank more, I began to realize the pure evil of the composition, it was a potion designed to bring me to Cerberus and Persephone, and it almost did.
MANY levels up from that is Genesee, at 99 cents a tall boy.
Some levels up from that is Milwaukee's best.
Some levels up from "the beast" is MGD.
And a few levels up from that is Bud Light, standing at the threshold of good beers and microbrews without crossing over it.
My favorite good beer is Avatar IPA from Elysian.
I believe its from a local brewery, so it may not be where you are. I am a fan of IPAs.
The point is, when people buy beer an economy is at play. Bud Light is the most inexpensive beer you can drink without feeling like you've been a bit poisoned the next day. The nice beers are treats, like Ribeye steak: Heaven if you've been eating rice and beans for the last week, but too heavy to consume regularly. Bud Light has a minimal effect when consumed regularly, so people drink it. Its like minimal karma beer.
What I am trying to say is don't underestimate the intelligence of the consumer, with Bud Light or conservatism. With Bud Light there is an economy of taste, and with conservatism there is an economy of mind. I believe the most powerful stance is the empathic one, trying to see why people do the things they do without being too dismissive about it. What fundamental human needs are being satisfied?
More than anything, I don't think people are conservative because they are told to be conservative. I believe people are conservative because they are told that the way they are already IS conservative. A thoughtless or reductionistic eye misses the subtlety of our American political landscape completely.
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If Bud light ranks DEAD LAST, then those are some exclusive tasting contests.
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