A High Note To Craft Beer

For BeerNexus.com


The other day I head over to my favorite craft beer bar. As I walk in the manager on
duty sees me and says “hey I’ve got a big surprise for you, come over here” and he
points to the corner. I’m a little confused as I’m not sure what the deal is; did I not pay
my bar tab last time and I’m going to be punished by having to sit in the corner or did
I inadvertently piss off one of the bartenders and they don’t want to serve me or
maybe something else?? The manager goes over to talk to the bartender and joins
me in the corner; this can’t be good. He points to the box on the wall, it says Craft
Beer Jukebox. Okay so what is this one of those new automated pour yourself a beer
machine to ease the crowding at the bar? But then why call it a Jukebox; please don’t
tell me I have to listen to 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall; that song is enough to drive
you to drink even mega fizzy lager almost beer! The bartender walks over with a
beer, hands it to me and says it’s the latest Icarus IPA. Cool, Icarus has been coming
out with great IPA after great IPA, so this should be great.

Manager - okay now you’re ready, we just got this in and you’re going to love it, push
a button.
Big G  -  Push what button?
Manager  -  Any button!
Big G  -  Hey I am holding a liquid libation is this thing plugged into a GFCI, I don’t
really need a shocking experience.
Manager  (looking a little frustrated)  -  just push a button.
Big G  -  Okay here goes, eenie, meenie, miny, moe here’s the button that’s for me.

The music starts and it’s a Beatles song, ok. I take a sip of my Icarus and it is
delicious.
Manager (looking at me and shaking his head)  - it just goes to show you really don’t
listen when you’re absorbed drinking a really good craft beer.

Big G  - What? Did you say something I didn’t hear?
Manager  - No, you’re not listening to the music.
Big G  -  Well yea it’s a Beatles song.
Manager  -  What Beatles song?
Big G  -  It’s easy, no pun intended of course; All You Need is Love!
Manager  -  You just proved my point, you’re not listening, you think you know what
you’re hearing, but you don’t.

Ah I need some more of this delicious brew before I can figure out what the heck he’s
talking about. I take a good swig and as I’m enjoying it I hear.
Beer      beer     beer
Beer      beer      beer
Beer      beer      beer

There’s nothing you can drink like a real craft beer
Nothing you can drink that’s quite as good
Nothing anyone can say to make you change your mind
It’s easy

Nothing you can make as good as real craft beer
Nothing you can savor as much as that
Nothing you can do, but learn how to love craft beer in time
It’ easy

All you need is beer
A really good craft beer
All you need is craft beer
Craft beer is all you need
All you need is beer
A really good craft beer
All you need is craft beer
Craft beer is all you need

There’s nothing you can taste like a real craft beer
Nothing else you can drink so real
There’s no craft beer bar that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy

All you need is craft beer
All you need is craft beer
All you need is craft beer
craft beer is all you need…

Big G  -  Whoa, you’re right that wasn’t what I was expecting, that was definitely a
different rendition and it was certainly apropos. And I’m definitely enjoying my Icarus.  
As I turn to head to the bar
Manager  -  where you going?
Big G  -   well I heard the song, it was great, I figured I’d head to the bar.
Manager  - So what’s the name of this thing?
Big G  -  The Craft Beer Jukebox
Manager  -  so you think that’s all it has? Push another button!
Big G  -  okay here we go, but this time I’ll listen more closely

One, two, three, four
I just want to celebrate another day of drinkin'
I just want to celebrate another great craft beer
I put my faith in the brewers
And the brewers didn’t let me down
So I ordered another beer
And I will carry on,

Big G  -  hey that’s Rare Earth’s  I Just Want to Celebrate!

That's why I'm telling you
I just want to celebrate, yeah, yeah
Another day of drinking, yeah
I just want to celebrate another great craft beer
Had my hand on tulip glass
And the tulip glass emptied out
And the server’s lookin’ over at me
But I’m here to stay

That's why I'm telling you
I just want to celebrate, yeah, yeah

Another day of drinking, yeah
I just want to celebrate another day of drinkin'
I just want to celebrate another great craft beer
It’ll never get you down, no, no

Don't let it turn you around and around and around, no
Well, I can't be bothered with fizzy beers
And I can't be bothered with wine, no, no
I'm using up the time and feeling fine, every day
That's why I'm telling you I just want to celebrate

Oh, yeah
I just want to celebrate another day
Oh, I just want to celebrate another day of drinkin'
I just want to celebrate another great craft beer
Don't let it all get you down, no, no

Don't let it turn you around and around, and around, and around
And around, and round, and round
Round, round, round, round
Round, round, round, round
Round, round, round, round
Don't go round

I just want to celebrate
I just want to celebrate
Well, I just want to celebrate
Said I just want to celebrate (celebrate)
I just want to celebrate (I want to celebrate)
I just want to celebrate (I got to celebrate)
I just want to celebrate

Big G  -  hey this is pretty good, beer versions of some great songs!
Manager  -  I told you you’d like it! Check out some of the other titles
Big G  -  We’re Not Going to Drink It – Twisted Sister, We’re An American Beer –
Grand Funk,  I’m Still Drinkin – Elton John, Why Can’t We Have Beer - War. Sounds
like some great songs with modified craft beer lyrics.

Manager  -  Well we’re one of the first to get one of these but I’m sure some of the
other craft beer bars will be getting them soon.
Big G  -  This sounds like fun, but I need another beer before the next one so I’m
headed back to the bar!

As I peruse the crafts on drafts I’ve got a big smile on my face as song lyrics run
through my head. That was a great idea! And it goes to show that the craft beer
movement does have impact on our economy other than just the product and jobs
and paraphernalia and retail/strip mall space that helps increase traffic and
sometimes revitalize neighborhoods and food trucks and beer festivals and yea well
there are many more but my glass is empty…




Glenn DeLuca writes about beer and culture of drinking. He may
be reached by writing thebigG@beernexus.com.

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