Category Archives: Beer Quotes

Intellectuals and Beer

Ray Bradbury with Maine Beer Company Lunch bottle

“Beer’s intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.”

– Ray Bradbury, The October Country

Every time I go to a professional sporting event, this quote from Mr. Bradbury comes to mind. So true. But lots of really interesting (and handsome) intellectuals drink beer, too. Like me.


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Chilled – Not Frozen – Craft Beer is Happy Craft Beer

Novelsit Haruki Murakami with a frozen Budweiser can

“[A] cold beer at the end of the day is the best thing life has to offer. Some choosy people say that a too cold beer doesn’t taste good, but I couldn’t disagree more. The first beer should be so cold you can’t even taste it. The second one should be a little less chilled, but I want that first one to be like ice. I want it to be so cold my temples throb with pain. This is my own personal preference of course.”

– Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Freezing, ice-cold beer may be Mr. Murakami’s preference–or the preference of the character who’s speaking in his novel, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. But it sure isn’t mine.

Call me “choosy,” but unless I’m drinking Budweiser or some other watered-down, poor-tasting brew, I’d rather drink it chilled or close to room temperature.

That’s just my own personal preference of course.

The colder the beer, the less you can taste it. Ice-cold liquids numb your taste buds. That’s a fact, and one you can easily test. Just do a side-by-side tasting of a freezing cold brew and a room temperature one. Now, if you choose to drink shitty beer, than freezing cold may be the way to go. But with so much good beer on the market, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not truly tasting and savoring it.


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Got a Case of Bad Nerves? Get a Case of Good Beer

Cases of Heady Topper IPA

“There is nothing for a case of nerves like a case of beer.” – Joan Goldstein

I have no idea who Ms. Goldstein is, and Google wasn’t particularly helpful in finding out. But I like her style. I don’t totally agree with this quote, and I can think of a few other chemical and pharmaceutical fixes for ragged nerves that may top beer. But personally, I prefer the beer—especially if it’s Heady Topper. On a snowy Tuesday evening after a long day of alternating between shoveling and sitting in front of a computer monitor, I really need a beer to calm my nerves. Or 24 of them.


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On Beer and Tea

Bar sign drink beer tea sucks

“After water and tea, beer is the third most popular drink in the world.” – Garrett Oliver, in the preface to the 2011 Oxford Companion to Beer. (Oliver is the brewmaster at The Brooklyn Brewery.)

Interesting factoid. But the above image, taken last year outside of Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge, Mass., sums up my feelings on the subject.


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Cheap Beer = Revolution

Queen Victoria with Pliny the Elder IPA

“Give my people plenty of beer, good beer and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them” – Queen Alexandrina Victoria

Yeah. Says the overfed, Alfred-Hitchcock-looking former queen of the United Kingdom, who just happens to have a frosty, fresh bottle of Pliny in front of her. You keep the cheap beer, Vicky, give us lowly folk the good beer, and we’ll try to avoid revolt. Deal? (I’m not making any promises though.)


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Payday and Beer

Rudyard Kipling in a Pliny the Elder hat

“Payday came and with it beer.” – Rudyard Kipling

I always drink good beer. But on payday, and the few days after it, I drink really good beer, because I usually make the trip to the expensive beer store shortly after I get paid. As the week rolls on and I get further away from the last payday and closer to the next, I tend to drink less expensive beer or (GASP) no beer at all.  So this quote is spot on, at least from my perspective. (You go, Rudyard.)


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No Such Thing as Bad Beer? Bullshit

Billy Carter with Billy Beer

“There is no such thing as a bad beer. It’s that some taste better than others.” – Billy Carter

Sorry, Billy, I don’t care if your older brother was the president of the United States or if you call yourself “one of America’s all-time great beer drinkers,” that’s complete bullshit. Bad beer most certainly exists. Just check the cooler of your local bodega or corner store. See those big, missile-shaped 40-ounce bottles? They’re full of bad beer. Some people like bad beer. That’s just one example. I could go on and on.

A lot of good people drink bad beer, and some bad people drink good beer—trust me, I know. That’s fine. To each his own. But don’t try to tell me shit beer doesn’t exist.


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Bad People Sometimes Drink Good Beer

Good People Drink Good Beer pint glass Hunter S. Thompson Quote

“Good people drink good beer” – Hunter S. Thompson

Being a professional journalist and a bit of an oddball myself, I’ve always been a fan of Mr. Thompson and his alter ego Raul Duke, who pioneered “gonzo journalism” and proved to generations of writers that good journalism doesn’t have to come in the form of boring, conventional reporting. But I must say, that quote is pure bullshit. I’m a terrible person—just ask my mom, she’ll tell ya—and I drink amazing beer.


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Drink Beer, Think Beer

Washington Irving with Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

“They who drink beer will think beer.” – Washington Irving

That Washington Irving, man, he was one smart motherfucker. The more beer I drink, the more I think about beer. I can’t get my mind off of the Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA I picked up during my lunch break, and it’s not helping me get any work done.

I think Irving’s principle could also be applied to chicken wings—he who eats chicken wings thinks chicken wings—because I had some buffalo wings last Sunday, and I’ve been fantasizing about those spicy bastards ever since.


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God Loves Beer

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“God made yeast, as well as dough, and loves fermentation just as dearly as he loves vegetation.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

I don’t really believe in God, but if there is a big ol’ bearded Indian giver in the sky, I bet the bastard loves beer.


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